September 2018 Advisor of the Month!

Check out all the amazing things our advising colleagues have done this month! Thank you for all of your hard work!

Max Gulick Max has had a lot on his plate this semester as the coordinator of the EXP 1100 survey class in addition to a full advising load. There have been a lot of changes this year, particularly incorporating the IPads into the survey class, and Max has stepped up and made this transition much smoother for the rest of the team at Newark, all the while remaining available to his students (and taking graduate classes!) I’ve really appreciated all of the detailed follow-up he has done in implementing new processes and formats for class materials. He has worked with us for a little over a year now and has made an excellent addition to our team!

Congratulations Max!

August 2018 Advisor of the Month!

Hello all! Please check out some of the awesome things our advising colleagues are doing this month. Thank you to each of you for all of your hard work!

Susan Van Pelt Susan has recently started working with student-athletes (again) after Shannon Phlegar’s departure from Ohio State. Susan is so easy to work with and so friendly towards students and staff. She is quick to respond and always so helpful! I look forward to working more closely with Susan over the coming year(s).
Hillary Carter Both Hillary and Jim in Exploration have been a great asset to our students and our staff in SASSO. Our environment is very fast paced and communication is crucial for us all being on the same page. Just this past week, I was working with Hillary on a situation where a student was completely changing his major and entire class schedule on the second day of classes. Hillary reacted quickly to assist a student that was visibly overwhelmed with the first week of class. Her responsiveness and willingness to help immediately made an impact on the student to calm his nerves and make him feel confident again. He is already in a better spot because of Hillary’s eagerness to help on quick notice!!!
Jim Lingo & Hillary Carter Jim & Hillary were a HUGE help for our student-athlete population this summer. This summer, we had over 100 first year student-athletes begin courses. Because of this, they did not attend a regularly scheduled orientation session. Not all students were in EXP, but a large group were. Jim & Hillary were so helpful in making time throughout the spring semester to schedule the students for summer term and throughout the summer for appointments for these students to complete their fall class schedules. Thank you!!
Stephanie Rinehart Stephanie has transitioned into her new role as an advising coordinator seamlessly. She has been extremely helpful to Engineering advising departments during all orientations this summer, including international orientations. Not only is she adjusting well within the her new role, but she is also becoming a great friend! We are glad to have you, Stephanie!
Alison Baker Alison has a new role this year as the sole International Student Advisor in our unit. We usually have around 15-20 new international students, but this year we had over 50! Alison worked tirelessly last week during drop-ins to see these students and make changes to their schedules, often without a break. Despite this break-neck pace, she remained patient and kind with each student and made sure there was a clear understanding of each issue

On top of that, she covered one of my appointments this week when I had a student emergency. Thanks for all that you do, Alison!

Jocelyn Nevel Jocelyn Nevel has done a great job preparing for and navigating the first weeks of classes. She has a part-time position in Geography, but has put forth full-time effort!

She has helped with new initiatives for our campus change students and new transfer students, while working through her first summer and autumn start with our schedule challenging Air Transportation majors. She also volunteered to help Economics with their large international orientation days.

Peter Spreitzer Peter is always an excellent advisor, but this fall he has also helped launch a second location for EXP appointments and begun to develop stronger relationships between our office and BuckeyeLink. He is kind, thoughtful and strategic and the students and our office are lucky to have him.
Heather Saling I want to recognize Heather Saling, as she has really stepped up to the plate taking on many new (to her) initiatives this Autumn. She has put a lot of energy into working with the Pharmacy House LC, creating a welcoming and educational environment for all participants. I am so pleased with her effort to deliver excellent content to our PHR 1100 students, and the way she passionately approaches all of her student appointments – she is a real rock star!!! Thank you for your hard work, Heather!
Lisa Jerele Lisa was a tremendous help to our office during International Orientations. She took the initiative to identify, problem-solve and preschedule each and every international student that came through our office. Due to Lisa’s efforts a typically busy and stressful time of year ran smoothly for our team. Thank you Lisa!

And the winners of the ACADAOS raffle are…. Alison Baker & Jocelyn Nevel!

Advisor of the Month – September 2016


Melissa Basford

Melissa is a wonderful academic advisor, coworker, and asset to the Center for Life Sciences Education! She not only advises a large roster of biology students in the Center for Life Sciences Education, but she also is a Scholars Program Manager, with it’s own long list of duties. I am impressed with how she can balance all the duties that come with these two very busy positions. I think she is a “wonder woman” when it comes to all the multi-tasking she has to do, and she does it all with a cheerful and positive attitude. She goes above and beyond when she serves students and also when she’s often called upon to assist her coworkers, especially with her technology expertise. In addition to all these things, she finds time to volunteer her time with ACADAOS! Melissa is well deserving of the Advisor of the Month Award!

Peggy Strow

Peggy Strow is a huge asset to the Advising Office of the Center for Life Sciences Education. Whether it is helping her many advisees or assisting a coworker, she goes above and beyond in all she does. She is always the first one to volunteer to take on new duties or projects that come up. She works tirelessly to serve our students, and to serve them well. She is very deserving of the Advisor of the Month award!


Peggy Strow

Advisor of the Month – August 2016


Rachel Steele

Rachel hasn’t even been here a year, but she has run with all of the curveballs she’s been thrown. She is a great asset to our office, helping to construct our survey materials.

Kris Wethington

Kris has been a great help to us in ASC Honors. We are shorthanded and with her help she has made our first week of the term less stressful. A huge thank you to Kris!!

Breanna Falb

While I was out on maternity leave Breanna has been a steady force in our advising office. She managed our Student Ambassador program, preparing for Survey solo, and approving Campus Change requests in addition to her standard advising duties of student appointments, Orientation, and being part of the BBC committee. During my transition back to work she has been patient with my many questions about CANVAS, policy changes since I have been gone, and picking up my slack in general even though I know she continues to be very busy with her own projects. Her patience and humor have not failed through a very long summer and the start of a very busy Autumn and she is an asset to our office.

Megan Daniels

Megan has been a wonderful supporter for our international student population this year! She has volunteered to serve on several committees to help us improve the student experience, as well as, to help out with our orientation presentations. (She usually has the students rolling with laughter throughout the presentation!) Megan does a wonderful job of connecting with the students and letting them know that the advisors on campus are here to support them. The beginning of autumn semester is a busy time, and we appreciate that Megan takes the time to volunteer for these activities.

Mary Leist

Mary has taken on several new responsibilities in her department, including managing the scholarships, and hiring over fifty student employees. She has continued to provide excellent service to our students, faculty, and staff, as well as leadership for our department.

Alissa Kasmer

Alissa has had to train two new advisors in one year and has done a wonderful job of doing so, all while balancing more responsibilities in her own new role. She has never once made us feel less than for making a mistake or asking millions of questions a day, even during the craziness of freshman and international orientation! Not only is she an asset to her co-workers, but she goes above and beyond for her students and is one of the biggest student advocates I know!

Ruth Ann Karl

Ruth Ann really did go the extra mile for International Orientation for Fisher College. She worked overtime to get full-time schedules for students and to make sure students followed-up with placement exams/transfer credit/OIA/etc. Ruth Ann cares about students and goes out of her way to make sure they are set for success. Her extra work has made the first week of classes much easier on the rest of the advising staff. Way to go Ruth Ann!!


Kris Wethington

Alissa Kasmer

Advisor of the Month – June 2016


Karen Elekes Karen is an excellent advisor, who is always looking for ways to improve the advising process. Recently, Karen developed a spreadsheet which easily allows advisors to fill in a student’s coursework to meet the requirements for graduation in each of the three majors in the department. The spreadsheet lists critical information on each class, such as prerequisites and when it is offered, so that students can easily see the sequence of classes they need to follow in order to graduate. She distributed this spreadsheet to all of the other advisors in the department, who have commented on how easy it makes schedule planning with the students. They use it to work though course plans with each student, then print it out or email it to the student to help guide them through future semesters.
Karen cares deeply about student success, and is deserving of this award.
Sarah Howard Sarah has easily transitioned into EXP and taken on the lead in important work and reporting. She is also our CARMEN liaison and did a nice overview/training for us on the new platform. Thanks Sarah!
Audrey Van Ostran Audrey took on an important project in our office right in the midst of Orientation. She coordinated work for an individual from the PIECE program (a program that facilitates employment experiences for adults with disabilities). Our office is committed to not only helping students but also to helping others less fortunately than ourselves find success.
Audrey has made John feel welcome and worked hard to find tasks that he could accomplish and feel good about.
Thank you Audrey for going above and beyond!
Austin Mack Austin goes the extra mile in identifying new ways to streamline business processes through use of technology. This month he developed a prototype to handle transfer credit documentation submissions through Qualtrics. The new system is designed to ensure that all docs are accounted for before submission, thereby alleviating back and forth emails. Thanks Austin!


Austin has been coming to the BIO Day 1 orientations this summer to handle questions about all things MATH. This is very helpful for the students, families, and advisors. Austin is also very helpful when answering emails from advisors. He is very positive and patient when explaining information in his email replies. Thank you Austin for helping our students during the BIO Day 1 orientations this summer (and last summer)!

Deni Allman Deni cares deeply for the well-being of her students, and she goes above and beyond to make sure she has up-to-date resources and information to help guide them through their undergraduate careers.
Brenda Dinan Brenda is a fantastic leader/captain for our BIO SCI Cluster in Arts and Sciences. She keeps us organized and well informed of information we need to know to be effective advisors. Our orientations run very smoothly due to her excellent communication skills, positive attitude, patience, and overall knowledge base. Thank you Brenda for being an awesome leader for the BIO SCI Cluster!
Rosie Quinzon-Bonello Rosie does a great job working with the students and families during orientation. She is clear and realistic regarding the academic work load for her students, but is also kind and encouraging. She explains things very thoroughly and the College of Engineering is stronger due to her work and leadership.
Laura Whitaker Laura is always a calming voice of reason even during the most chaotic times in our office. She is always willing to help another advisor and answer questions – she is an awesome team player! Laura also is a great listener and sees the humor in life. She makes our office a fun place to work!
Kelli Swackhamer Kelli has really been taking on a lot this summer. She is teaching survey for the Newark campus and using Canvas before the other advisors. She has taken on a new advising roster with new majors and is leading the scheduling room at orientation for those new majors. She is also planning and developing a new peer mentoring program for the survey class for Autumn semester. In addition, she has managed to fit in some professional development activities and presented with Erin Brown at the Ohio Academic Advising Association conference in June. Whew! I am tired just typing all of the things she has done! Thank you, Kelli for all that you do!


Kelli Swackhamer

Deni Allman