First Year Academic Advisor

Arts and Letters

First Year Academic Advisor
(574) 631-7421

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Marisha Fortner-Schmidt joined the Office of First Year Advising in summer 2022, she advises first-year students who intend to pursue a major in the College of Arts and Letters. Prior to starting with first year advising she was faculty in The Department of Physical Education and Wellness Instruction (PEWI), from 1999 until its closure in 2016.   Her greatest teaching joys were creating new courses for the department based on student needs and changing times, viewing wellness holistically from both a Western and Eastern perspective.  Her lectures and activity classes included stress regulation through the practices of yoga, tai chi, qi gong, mindfulness, and biofeedback. She continues to teach in the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program

After the department closed, she created an LLC, working in the community with at risk populations. When the pandemic began she spent two years at Notre Dame serving the Covid Response Unit and University Health Services as a Patient Care Assistant. 

She received a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Purdue University. She continued her academic studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where she earned her M.A. in Exercise Science and Master’s Certification in Holistic Health.

In her spare time, she continues to study the health of the human spirit through sound healing and nature.