2019 End-of-Year Banquet!

Academic advising is critical to student success on campus and, every year, ACADAOS celebrates the amazing work that advisors do on a daily basis by hosting the End-of-Year Banquet! Congratulations to the following advisors, who were nominated for this year’s banquet awards, and a special congratulations to our award recipients!

Outstanding Advisor Award Nominees

Lyndsey Anderson

Hannah Bushman (award recipient)

Lindsey Lee

Melissa Salmon

Joanna Spanos (award recipient)

Alex Thomas

Audrey Van Ostran

Outstanding Advising Administrator Award Nominees

Brian Endres (award recipient)


Thank you to ALL advisors for the important work that you do every day on behalf of our students and our campus community!

Check out some photos from our banquet below. Photo credit to Lindsay McGory for these great shots!


Equity & Inclusion Blog Post

The Silent Majority

by a community member

At the start, I was going to write about a specific incident or two where individuals have shown an irrational fear of me and displayed acts of hatred due to my background. However, something clicked in my mind. My issues are not with the few individuals who expressed hatred and displayed racism toward me, but really with their silent peers. Reflecting back, in all of the incidents where I was forced to face hate, racism and bigotry, I was surrounded by the silent majority. In most of my unfortunate cases, members of the silent majority would pretend that they are suddenly deaf, blind or mute in the hopes that they do not have to intervene. As a result, it leaves individuals like me to our own fates in addressing this bigotry.

According to the United States Census Bureau, this silent majority constitutes 76.6% of the overall population of the United States of America[1]. Being part of this heavily represented population politically, socially and demographically places responsibilities on all members of the silent majority due to the fact that power on the political, social and communal levels resides with them. This means that the words and actions of the silent majority matter. They carry weight and have an audience that will listen and adjust their behavior accordingly. So the next time you see an act of hatred being displayed, ask yourself; if I do not intervene, who else will?

In the end, I would like to leave you all with this quote by Pastor Martin Niemöller’s, a former supporter of Nazi Germany and later one of its most outspoken adversaries[2], “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”


[1] “U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: UNITED STATES.” Census Bureau QuickFacts. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/IPE120217.

[2] “MARTIN NIEMÖLLER: “FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SOCIALISTS.” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Accessed March 21, 2019. https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/martin-niemoeller-first-they-came-for-the-socialists.

**The Equity & Inclusion Committee posts blogs, articles, and other events in order to keep advisors engaged with tough topics of the day. Please feel free to comment below!**

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!

Article for Thought by the Equity & Inclusion Committee

Part of our goal as the Equity and Inclusion Committee is to present articles, talks, and blog posts on diverse topics that impact our work and our students. To kick it off, we’d like to present an article from Ohio State’s very own Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. This article takes a look at discipline in our K-12 education system and how it is racially biased. You can find the article here or linked above: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/racial-disproportionality-schools-02.pdf . 

After reading, please feel free to comment your thoughts below! Consider: how does this impact our work? While we can’t change their experiences in K-12, how can we use this information to better serve our students?

Any other topics you’d like to see covered? Feel free to reach out to anyone on the Equity & Inclusion Committee or email Nevrekar.1@osu.edu.

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!