September 2019 Advisor of the Month

Check out some of the wonderful things our advising colleagues have done this month! Thank you to each of you for all of your hard work and dedication to the students in your areas and OSU!

 Nadia Barksdale She’s an exceptional advisor who goes the extra mile to also be a great colleague.
 Katie Bush Katie has done a great job of helping develop the ACADAOS mentorship program this semester, work on the professional development committee, and Autumn Advising Conference planning committee. Katie is a constant resource for new advisors to learn from and grow as professionals.
 Nancy Coscia Nancy has been a great leader for the ACADAOS professional development committee. Through her leadership, she has ensured the 2019-2020 professional development for ACADAOS was solidified well before the academic year began. Nancy is a constant support to her committee and is open to ideas as they arise. Nancy has also had some role transition within her department and has truly given it her all.
 Niki Jaburek Niki is a shining example of an advisor that goes above and beyond her job responsibilities. She is continuously improving and honing her skills as an advisor, as well as, improving the peer mentor program in her department and participating on multiple committees for ACADAOS. Her organizational skills are admirable and her OnCourse knowledge extremely helpful and valuable.
 Lisa Jerele Lisa is an amazing co-worker and advisor. She’s stepped up in so many areas including advising student athletes, and she did a tremendous job planning our Open House. Her support and guidance has been so helpful this year. We really appreciate all of the hard work and dedication she has towards students and our department!
 Kim Tackett Kim is so passionate about her work with students. She strives to make her students feel comfortable and supported in Survey class, so much so that she offers high fives to all of her students as they enter her classroom. She goes out of her way to ensure students feel like they are more than just a number. Kim also challenges her students to think critically and reflect on choices when met with obstacles. Even with a large advising roster, she reaches out to students individually to check in on things and follow up when needed. Kim truly cares about her students being successful and goes out of her way to show them that even though the university is large, students can still build a one-on-one connection with university staff members.
 Kami Westhoff This semester, Kami coordinated the freshman Survey course, our Peer Mentor program, and was instrumental in the hiring of work study students for our office. All of this is in addition to advising her students which she always does with great care and compassion. Thank you, Kami!

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are… Kim Tackett and Kami Westhoff! Congratulations!

August 2019 Advisor of the Month

Check out some of the wonderful things our advising colleagues have done this month! Thank you to each of you for all of your hard work and dedication to the students in your areas and OSU!

Anna Corlew Anna has been amazing and so helpful answering all of my questions about course scheduling. She is patient with me and she helps me find new ways to make scheduling courses easier.
Ericka Gunn Ericka is a great team-player, and a highly competent advisor. She is always ready and willing to help students and support us her colleagues individually and collectively as we all work hard to serve our students well.
Lima Campus Advising Staff The past few months, the team has risen to the occasion with different campus initiatives. These included utilizing the iPad during orientations for students to schedule their classes, learning new material in order to be prepared to instruct Survey on our campus, etc. to support students and their success. Thank you Lori Schleeter, Deborah Barton, Wendy Hedrick, Marissa Snyder, Karen Meyer, and Courtney Roeder for “stepping up to the plate” and knocking the tasks out of the park. I appreciate it and our campus does as well!
Karen Royce I am nominating Karen because she is willing to go the extra mile to work with students and help them out, even during the busiest of times.

Karen is a great source of knowledge, help, and patience when it comes to helping the Arts and Sciences advisors set up Carmen for the Arts and Sciences freshman survey classes. She provided a lot of help for me in regards to setting up Carmen for my survey class, and I am very grateful to Karen for the help and reassurance she provided me. She also provided extra help for the BIO SCI advisors during many of the BIO SCI Day 1 orientation sessions during the summer. It was great to have Karen there to assist with the questions after the Day 1 academic planning session. Karen is very knowledgeable about University policies, Arts and Sciences policies, and Ohio State information in general, and she is very kind, patient, and compassionate when answering questions. Her dedication to helping advisors is awesome and very much appreciated!

Hillary Stanley Always goes above and beyond for others! ALWAYS is willing to help, especially during busy times!

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are… the Lima Campus Advising Staff! Congratulations!


June/July 2019 Advisor of the Month

Check out some of the wonderful things our advising colleagues have done this month! Thank you to each of you for all of your hard work and dedication to the students in your areas and OSU!

Denise Allman How many times have you done an Orientation presentation, and wondered if the people in the room were listening? Well, Deni did several orientation presentations this summer that resulted in the students and parents laughing at her jokes, following along, and being able to quote some of her recommendations. And then she got a round of applause at the end. Even in the midst of orientation-related stress, she kept her sense of humor while also maintaining her professionalism.
Andrea Evans Orientation ran flawlessly, as usual! Andrea is great at organizing and running these programs for our very large incoming class each year, and she did an amazing job once again this year!
Kelsey Palazeti Kelsey is relatively new to our team but this year, she helped us entirely re-design our NURSING 1100 survey course. She taught the team about lesson planning and took over the Carmen shell framework along with all the details that come with that. She is willing to help in any way every day and is such a positive presence in our office.
Chelsea Ratell Chelsea has been a superstar making freshmen schedule changes. Our front desk phone rings non-stop, and she is ALWAYS willing to take the call, whether the student is her advisee or not. Chelsea is a wonderful team player and colleague.

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are…
Denise Allman Chelsea Ratell! Congrats!

April 2019 Advisor of the Month

Check out some of the wonderful things our advising colleagues have done this month! Thank you to each of you for all of your hard work and dedication to the students in your departments and OSU!

Katie Miller Katie Miller is a fabulous advisor for many reasons. She takes a personal interest in all her students, allowing her to have conversations that build upon one another over time. Her ability to remember details that students share is uncanny and leads to students feeling cared for as individuals. She often checks up on students who she knows are navigating personal and academic difficulties to provide additional support and she never shies away from having hard conversations with students and providing appropriate counsel to help them reach their goals. She consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, seeking input to improve advising services in our department and providing guidance for our departmental Academic Affairs Committee when considering changes to classes or curriculum. Everything she does is with students in mind, whether it be advising a first year student to schedule classes or organizing recognition for our departmental scholarship recipients. Though this alone is enough to recommend her as the Advisor of the Month, she finds time to invest in the student assistants that work in our department, providing mentorship and professional development through intentional and effective supervision. In a field that often focuses on graduate student education, Katie continuously advocates for departmental decisions that support our undergraduate students’ success.
Luis Rodriguez-Saona Luis is an amazing person who always makes time for students. This semester we had a student who needed to take two classes at the same time, in order to fill the requirements of her two majors, and still graduate this semester. Initially the instructor was adamant that she had to attend class, but through Luis’s diligence, he finally convinced him to let her do the lectures independent study and only come to the labs and exams. Happily, she is graduating this semester.
Mary Kay Pohlschneider Mary Kay goes above and beyond to help her advisees. She was the individual who helped me not only with my major change but also was the person I went to when I was thinking about accepting my job. Mary Kay is always so kind and willing to talk. I recently went to her with issues I was having with another professor and she listened and offered her advice and perspective. I can’t begin to explain how much Mary Kay has helped me over the past 4 years, but she would be a well deserving recipient of this award.
Melissa Basford Melissa is a wonderful advising colleague and a fantastic program manager for the Biological Sciences Scholars program. She is very well organized, student centered, dependable, and very supportive and helpful when called upon with various questions relating to OSU policies and procedures, GE and major requirements, and technology related questions. She is willing to share ideas and suggestions in order to provide efficient and effective advising services for our students. As the program manager for the BIO SCI Scholars program, Melissa provides many excellent opportunities for students to gain academic information, leadership opportunities, social engagement, and community service experiences. She hosted several wonderful events for the students in the BIO SCI Scholars program during the month of April..including a very nice end of the year dinner and awards ceremony. Melissa is a great asset to our office, our Biology students, and for the students in the BIO SCI Scholars program!
Leah Schuh In addition to her advising load, Leah is responsible for coordinating summer orientations, campus change requests, managing EHE 1100, processing major applications, and much more. Leah is an monumental asset to the EHE UGSS team and has an unwavering passion for student success!

And the winners of the ACADAOS raffle are… Luis Rodriguez-Saona & Melissa Basford!

March 2019 Advisor of the Month

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

Alex Thomas Alex has helped our department create a summer scholarship for research. He had this additional responsibility during the busiest time of the year- SCHEDULING! Alex also is always willing to answer questions and serve our advising team and department team in any way he can.
Amy Selby Amy really has stepped up in a lot of areas in our office. We appreciate her taking the lead on most things OnCourse and sharing lots of valuable information from trainings she has attended.
Jim Lingo Jim has been a trooper during this busy time of advising here in EHE, he is always positive and always here to support me when I have questions. He is a great advisor and coworker! He steps up when he feels like he should, he is a born leader and doing some great things in the advising community.
Barry Tolchin The past few months, Barry has really stepped up in his office. Being down 2 advisors, he took on all duties handled by our office in addition to our advising load, including managing scholarships, assisting faculty, scheduling courses , managing our industry mentorship program, assisting our student organizations, coordinating our Undergraduate Studies Committee, and more. Barry is an asset to our department. He continues to exemplify what it means to be a true leader and advocate for our students. We are lucky to have him and really appreciate all of his hard work!
Liz Riter I could nominate Liz every month. She just came back from maternity leave, and never missed a beat. She consistently takes on extra responsibilities within the office, and creates a very positive and student-centered atmosphere. I am constantly amazed at her productivity, ability to balance everything we have going on, and genuine care for our students, faculty, and staff.

And the winners of the ACADAOS raffle are… Alex Thomas & Liz Riter!