Compass Navigators

Cancino, Maria

Maria Cancino - Coordinator for Academic Navigation

HH040 | 712-279-5456 |

She specializes in working with students that are in academic crisis, coordinating and managing the Academic Peer Mentor program, and monitoring all student alerts in Starfish to ensure that everyone has received outreach. She works closely with faculty on individual student issues, as well as coordinates the partnership between athletic coaches and the Academic Peer Mentors’ (APMs) service to their teams. She also supports both men’s and women’s volleyball, wrestling, golf and all students not affiliated with a sport.  

Cron, Erin

Erin Cron - Director of New Student Navigation

HH057 | 712-279-5393 |

Erin specializes in working with first-year students to support their successful transition to higher education. Erin oversees academic advising for first-year students as well as the first-year seminar course. We love visitors! However, if you have a specific need, Erin asks that you email to make an appointment so she can be sure you have her undivided attention.

Gomez, Blanca

Blanca Gomez - Financial Navigator

HH046 | 712-279-1636 |

Blanca specializes in student’s financial services, and student guidance that conforms to students’ needs. Be sure to apply for your scholarships! She assists baseball, cheer and dance, both men and women’s cross country and track. Students may drop in anytime to visit or ask questions.

Harper, Alicia 

Alicia Harper - Assistant Director of New Student Navigation

HH057 | 712-279-5393 |

Alicia Harper is the Assistant Director of New Student Navigation.  Alicia specializes in working with first-year students to support their successful transition from high school to college.  She also advises students majoring in Business Administration and Sport Management. Alicia is the coordinator for CORE 101 (Franciscan Experience), where she coordinates instructors, sections, themes, and partners with non-profit organizations in the Siouxland area to ensure all service-learning activities. Alicia oversees mentoring and leadership, focusing on helping students that want to get more involved-on campus as leaders and mentors. Alicia also supervises PALS (Peer Advising Leaders), which are a group of student leaders focused on helping incoming students navigate the college campus. dropping by the office. Alicia is student-driven and known for dropping all her work to focus on students about their concerns and accolades at BCU.

Rhodes, Justin

Justin (Jay) Rhodes - Assistant Director of Multicultural Programming & Advising Navigator

HH061 | 712-279-5512 |

Jay specializes in working with first-year students to support their successful transition to higher education. He also assists in advising for the Exercise Science department. As a collateral role, Jay oversees multicultural initiatives at Briar Cliff and supports the specific needs of students of color transitioning to higher education.


Maria Slaughter - Director of The Compass

Stark Student Center | 712-279-5407 |

Maria oversees the Compass to ensure all BCU students are supported through our Compass mission. She coordinates efforts across the team to foster an environment that promotes successful navigation and support in areas students are seeking assistance.