Aurora University

Academic Advisors
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Gina Nuzzo


Hello! My name is Gina Nuzzo and I am your new academic advisor at Aurora University. I am here to help you throughout your journey at AU, and I encourage you to contact me with any questions you have about your academic career with us. I will be here to support you in any way that I can.

I recently graduated from Spalding University with a Masters in School Counseling. Before that I obtained my Bachelors degree in Non-Profit Management at Murray State University, where I also played golf. In my free time I am a college golf coach, so I understand the daily stress of juggling school, sports, family, work and other hobbies.

One of the things I have learned about being a coach and an athlete is how much pressure we put on ourselves to reach our goals and to be perfect. I have a passion for helping students reach their goals and supporting them through the losses and the wins. I am excited to help you on your path to achieving your educational and personal success.

Ashley Hempel

Ashley Hempel

Hello! My name is Ashley Hempel and I am your academic advisor at Aurora University. I am here to help you throughout your journey to graduation. I can address any questions or concerns that you might have, just ask!

I went to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. I received my bachelor’s degree in family science and a minor in psychology. This degree allowed me to delve deep into the “helping profession,” exploring different methods of helping and working with people. As a recent graduate, I understand the pressures and stresses that students go through so use me as a resource. I will be more than happy to help with any issues that may arise.

Outside of helping students, I enjoy reading, running, drinking coffee, and cooking new dishes. I also love anything outside, hiking, picnicking, and visiting parks. I am a very organized individual and enjoy completing tasks and goals so let me help you with yours. I look forward to working with you!

Kemble Bray Jr.

Kemble Bray Jr.

Hey there! My name is Kemble Bray Jr. and I am your academic advisor at Aurora University. I am here to guide you throughout your entire journey here and to ensure your success at AU. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if there are any concerns or questions you may have as you complete your degree with us.

I received my Master of Arts in Counseling at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. I currently hold the title of a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and strive to continue to advocate for and help collegiate students. I also received my Bachelor of Science in Music at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee where “Let’s Go Peay” is our cheer. At APSU, I performed vocal music and toured with the Austin Peay Chamber Singers for a couple of years.

In my free time, I still sing because music is a huge part of my life. I am also a huge nerd and enjoy playing video games. I am an avid fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and all things Star Wars. I try to learn at least one fact about a person or the world each day so I cannot wait to begin working together, getting to know more about you, and helping you achieve your goals!

Ayat Abbas

Ayat Abbas

Hi! My name is Ayat Abbas and I am an Academic Advisor at Aurora University. My first name is pronounced like "Hyatt", but without the "H". I am here to guide you through your academic career. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that may come up during your time as a student here at Aurora.

I obtained a Masters in Social Work from University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work. Prior to this, I received my Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Throughout my social work journey, I have become passionate about advocating for others to ensure that their needs and goals are being met. I am eager to advise students who have similar interests and passions within the social work realm. It is my goal to always be a supportive ally for all students who need guidance.

Outside of work, I really enjoy traveling with my twin sister. Being outdoors is something I love to do, and I have many adventurous trips on my bucket-list (i.e. visiting all major national parks!). In addition, I like to call myself a DIY kind of a gal. I love to create customized presents for my friends on my new Cricut machine, and I also like to push myself to create things for cheaper such as edible arrangements, and even some home decor! Adding to my creative side, I love to bake (my current favorite is cookies). Lastly, I love trying new foods, and exploring new local restaurants everywhere I go.

I look forward to getting to know you, and most importantly, supporting you in your goals and dreams!