College Expert Dr. Michael Severin has helped hundreds of freshmen students over the past eight years.  He has extensive leadership involvement within the residence halls including three years as a Resident Assistant, two years as an Academic Resource Coordinator, one year as a Community Advisor, and one year as a Resident Manager. He first helped incoming college students as a summer freshmen orientation leader.  Michael served as a Supplemental Instructor for popular freshmen courses and co-taught a university introduction course for freshmen Honor students. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Iowa State University (ISU) in 2005.

He was involved in the Honors program and graduated in the top 2% of students in the College of Agriculture.  He was then accepted into a professional program after three years of undergraduate study and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2006.  He was involved in entrepreneurship studies and graduated in the top 10% of his class.  Michael is a resident in small animal cardiology and a masters student in physiology. Michael lives with his wife, Lindsay, in Ames, Iowa.

College expert Kipp Van Dyke has made helping college students his career choice. His extensive work in the residence halls includes two years as a Resident Assistant, one year as a Community Advisor, two years as an Assistant Complex Director in an all freshman building, five years as a Residence Life Coordinator in a 600-bed residence hall, and currently is the Assistant Director for Student Assistance and Outreach at Iowa State University.  He has worked extensively with the orientation program while a college student serving as an orientation leader and also advising this group as an undergraduate student.  While in graduate school at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Kipp was the first graduate student to win the Vic Swenson Student Friendly Award.  The following year he was named the “Advisor of the Year” in his first year as a young professional at Kansas State University.  He has also been nominated for both a regional and national “Outstanding New Professional” award through two different professional organizations.  Kipp was also named a 2010 'STATEment Maker' by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. This is an annual honor that recognizes the early personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to society of Iowa State University's young alumni.

Kipp earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family services from Iowa State University in 2002.  He was involved in two honor societies at his college and also served as a Substance Abuse Peer Educator for the campus.  Kipp went on to graduate school, earning his Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Minnesota State, Mankato in 2004.  He taught a university course in Career and Life Planning for freshmen.  He and his wife Breanna are the proud parents of Olivia Belle.
Amateur artist Nicolas Kline graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Nicolas served college students for several years as a resident assistant while living in the residence halls.

Nicolas has enjoyed art as a hobby throughout his life, but started digitally drawing in college. During his early college days, web blogging started building in popularity and Nicolas decided to join the trend, but preferred to blog using pictures instead of words (see his blog at He enjoys drawing pictures that reflect real-life situations that he's seen or been a part of.  With a devout Christian faith, he also enjoys converting biblical scriptures into drawings in attempt to present them from a new perspective. Nicolas resides in Overland Park, KS, with his wife Julie and he works as a Software Engineer for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City.

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