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CEAS Advising Center

Char Lessenger

Academic Advising Professional

Office: Engineering Building, Room 2085
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4971
Email: clesseng@uwyo.edu

 

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Char Lessenger is a native Wyomingite who was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., and raised in Happy Jack Valley outside of Cheyenne. After graduating from Central High School, she pursued an associate of arts in multimedia at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) but ultimately ended up graduating with an associate of arts in general studies and a web design certificate. After graduating from LCCC she attended the University of Wyoming (UW), where she became a student ambassador and a driver/dispatcher for Safe Ride for the duration of her undergraduate studies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science after spending a semester abroad in Stirling, Scotland, at the University of Stirling. While at UW, Char also enjoyed playing the clarinet for a semester in the Western Thunder Marching Band and the time she spent as a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. However, if you were to ask her what her favorite part of her undergraduate years were, she would say her exchange at the University of Stirling, hands down.

When Char graduated from UW, she still wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do with her life, so she started work right after she graduated as a teller at a credit union in Cheyenne. Once she quickly realized the finance industry wasn’t for her, she took a job as a seasonal worker at Curt Gowdy State Park outside of Cheyenne for a summer to try and figure out what to do next. On a whim, she decided to apply for a position back at LCCC and figured if it is meant to be, it will be! Long story short, she accepted a position at LCCC as an administrative assistant to the Student Success Center and thus sparked her passion for higher education and helping students. While working at LCCC, she began her master of arts in education specializing in higher education administration, and continues to work on that degree presently. After LCCC, her next job was in Sheridan, Wyo., working for Sheridan College as an admissions counselor and student ambassador advisor. After traveling the state for 10 months, she wanted to slow down and move back closer to home, so she applied and accepted the position she currently holds as Academic Advising Professional for the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UW.

When she’s not advising students, she enjoys her spare time traveling outside the country or taking road trips. So far, Char has been to 13 countries (yes, she counts Canada) and plans to travel to Morocco in the winter of 2018. She also enjoys hammock camping and kayaking in the summer time and she’ll never turn down a taco. Her door is always open and if you’d like to stop by to say hi and talk about traveling, she is 100 percent super onboard with that. However, if you need to talk about academic things, it’s best to give her a bit of a heads up so she can prepare for your questions and do some research before you meet with her. Therefore, scheduling an appointment to talk about academic things is always best practice.

 


 

Philosophy


After holding a few diverse jobs within higher education, Lessenger knows her passion lies primarily in academic advising. Her advising philosophy centers around enabling students to think critically and evaluate their educational and career goals throughout their higher education experience. She believes that students learn and develop skills best when they can jump right in and work with academic professionals to maintain their success. Her passion and her expertise focus on being able to help students recognize their full potential and then mapping out how to matriculate their potential.
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College of Engineering and Applied Science

1000 E. University Ave

EN 2085

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4253

Email: enginfo@uwyo.edu

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