Contact the CAFES Advising Center

Welcome to the CAFES Advising Center! Our staff of four Professional Academic Advisors and team of Peer Advisors are here to support your academic journey. We look forward to working with you!


How to reach us:

Location: Bldg. 74M-A 
xcluding Craig Hooper (10-253) & Dr. Leanne Berning (10-140)

Phone: 805-756-7574



Regular Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – Noon

We are closed on all university holidays and may close intermittently over breaks.

Drop-In Peer Advising Schedule:

CAFES Peer Advising Schedule Spring 2018



Cathy Bartholomew 

Departments:     BioResource and Agricultural Engineering
                              Food Science and Nutrition

Cathy previously worked as an academic advisor at Azusa Pacific University. She also worked as an adjunct professor teaching English, managerial communication and conflict management and  negotiation.

Meagan Groom 

Departments:     Horticulture and Crop Science
                              Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences

Meagan has worked in higher education as a student affairs professional for more than six years, working with both traditional and non-traditional students. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Multnomah University and a master’s degree in higher education from Portland State University. On the weekends, she enjoys locally roasted coffee and building impressive sand castles with her kids.

Leanne Berning, Ph.D.

Department:     Animal Science

Dr. Berning is a longtime faculty member in the Animal Science Department. Read Dr. Berning's full biography here.

Craig Hooper

Department:     Agribusiness

Craig has worked as an academic advisor at Cal Poly since 2008. He received a degree in kinesiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and a master’s degree in theology from Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.

Dianne Korth

Department:     Experience Industry Management
                            MAP Center

Dianne has worked as an academic advisor at Cal Poly since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in government from California State University, Sacramento, and a master’s in education with a specialization in counseling and guidance from Cal Poly.

Kristin McCain-Bender

Department:     Agriculture Education and Communication
                            Wine and Viticulture

Kristin grew up in California's Central Valley and began her academic advising career in 2005. She attended Modesto Junior College before transferring to Liberty University where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. She came to Cal Poly as an EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) Advisor in 2007. She is the academic advisor to the Wine and Viticulture Department and the Agricultural Education and Communication Department.

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