Business Advising Center

Contact Us

229 Centennial Hall
Phone:  (320) 308-3214
Fax:      (320) 308-6042
Email: busadvising@stcloudstate.edu
Website: https://www.stcloudstate.edu/hbs/advising/

Hours

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Director

Gretchen Huwe

Gretchen Huwe

Gretchen serves as Director and Lead Academic Advisor in the Business Advising Center.  She specializes in Education Abroad, International Partnerships, Business Honors Program and Transfer Pathways.  Gretchen earned a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science from St. Cloud State University.  Gretchen has worked at SCSU since 1999 as Assistant Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of University Honors Program, MBA Director and now in Business Advising.  She has a passion for travel and loves helping students fulfill their dream of studying abroad.  In her free time, Gretchen enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time exploring the world with her family.

Office Manager

Niki Ebensteiner

Niki Ebensteiner

Niki graduated from SCSU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Travel and Tourism. She has been on campus for 18 years and has worked in Financial Aid, the College of Education and Learning Design, MBA office, and has been with the Business Advising Center since May 2014. She loves serving students, faculty and staff. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and animals!

Advisors

Annie Babcock

Annie Babcock

Annie serves as an academic advisor in the Business Advising Center. She earned her Master degree in Higher Education Administration at St. Cloud State University and her Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Annie has worked in the Business Advising Center since 2016 and her favorite part of advising is meeting new students each year and learning about their goals and interests.  In her free time, Annie enjoys running, gardening, and spending time with her dog, Ernie.

Sara Panek

Sara Panek

Sara serves as an Academic Advisor in the Business Advising Center. Sara has worked in various areas of higher education including advising, student services, retention, and records and registration. Sara received her Master of Arts in Gerontology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Sara's favorite part about working with students is learning about what makes them interested in their major, and watching students grow into their professional careers. She enjoys gardening, houseplants, taking her senior dog on walks, and laughing with friends and family. 

Graduate Assistants

Molly Paquin

Molly Paquin

Molly is a Graduate Assistant in the Business Advising Center. She started as an intern in this office in Spring 2021, and is now pursuing a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration. Molly Graduated from SCSU in Spring 2021 with her Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology. She wants to be in a career that truly makes a difference in the people’s lives around her, which is why she enjoys advising students at SCSU. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring with her two dogs.
Omer Soliman

Omer Soliman

Omer is a Graduate Assistant in the Business Advising Center. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration. Omer is also a recent Finance graduate from St. Cloud State University – 2021. While earning his bachelor's degree, he worked at the Center for International Studies, which inspired him to join our team and help students from all over the world through academic advising. Omer is a travel enthusiast who enjoys meeting people from diverse cultures. He believes that through self-discipline, everyone has the capacity to make a positive impact on the world. He enjoys traveling and in-process of being a day trader.
Mariia Tikhonova

Mariia Tikhonova

Mariia is a Graduate Assistant in the Business Advising Center. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in College Counseling and Student Development. Mariia earned her Bachelor's degree in Foreign Language Teaching (English and German). She wants to encourage and assist students in realizing their full potential by advising them. Student diversity is significant for her, and she has worked with students from Russian, European, and Asian countries. She enjoys traveling and meeting new people.

Student Employees

Abigail Goodwin

Abigail Goodwin

Abby is currently a sophomore at St. Cloud State University, majoring in Management. She is also participating in the Professional Selling Certification program. Abby’s favorite part about working in the Business Advising Center is being able to better connect with her HBS community. In her spare time, Abby enjoys watching/playing hockey, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.



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