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Meet Ilka Bailey, Career and Academic Advisor
Meet Ilka Bailey, Career and Academic Advisor

What brought you to PSU and how long have you been an SB advisor?

I have wanted to work at PSU for many years. I am excited and happy to finally belong to the SB community. The university plays such an active role in the city and I wanted to be part of that activity. Most recently, I worked at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, as an advisor for students pursuing degrees in arts, sciences, and business.

Where did you attend college and what did you study?

I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, to lovely hippie parents. I attended Lewis & Clark College and loved every minute of it. I was a Sociology/Anthropology major. I was always jealous of the PSU students who got to live in the city while we were stuck in a quiet neighborhood, although we made the most of it. As an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Kenya and Tanzania. It was the highlight of my college experience. I attended Seattle University for my masters degree. Compared to Portland, Seattle is the best city ever.

What’s your favorite thing about PSU’s School of Business?

The best thing about any college campus are the students - the vast diversity that we all bring to the campus is amazing. I look forward to getting to know the SB students and how I can best assist them.

What’s your best advice for students to make the most of their SB student experience?

College is such a wonderful time in life - try new things, explore, succeed, fail, get to know who you are and what you want to do. Creating meaningful partnerships with faculty, staff and fellow students can only enhance your experience and help you reach your future goals. SB is a community and being an active, engaged part of it only makes the community better.

What should students expect in an advising appointment and how should they prepare?

Students should know that I have their best interest in mind. Advisors are here to help guide students through the SB process. Come ready to ask questions, gather information, and leave ready to succeed.

What do you like to do when you’re not advising students?

I like to spend time with my two daughters and my love Beth. We like to explore and have adventures - camping, hiking (with lots of whining from the kids), playing games and just hanging out. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends....thank goodness for friends.


Make an appointment with your academic advisor at least once every other term. You will need to reserve a time a few weeks in advance. Be sure you are on track to graduate and learn about academic opportunities you may not have considered. Students who meet regularly with advisors are more likely to graduate on time and avoid problems with course availability.

Stop by the Undergraduate Programs Office at Room 240 or call 503-725-3712 to make an appointment.

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