Advisor of the Month – May 2016


Andrea Evans She’s a rock-start Orientation coordinator!
Melissa Basford Melissa is an excellent advisor for students completing the Biology major and Biology minor. She provides excellent advising help and support for our students, and she is very helpful and provides great enthusiasm and input within our office. She collaborates very well with others on the Biology advising team, and she has a very positive attitude. She is also a wonderful program manager for the Biological Sciences Scholars Program. She plans and implements many outstanding programs and activities for the students in the Biological Sciences Scholars program. She has also been actively involved in ACADAOS this year serving as a co-chair for the Awards and Recognition Committee. Melissa and Brad Fittes did a fantastic job in organizing and hosting the annual ACADAOS Awards Banquet a few weeks ago.
Brad Fittes Brad is a wonderful resource and advocate for our students served through the Office of Military and Veterans Services. Several of my students have commented on how helpful and knowledgeable Brad is when helping them. Brad is also an excellent resource for advisors. He is always very kind, helpful, and patient. He explains information clearly, and he is very willing to explain information a second time if needed. Brad has been actively involved in ACADAOS this year serving as the co-chair for the Awards and Recognition Committee. Brad and Melissa Basford did an excellent job organizing and hosting the annual ACADAOS Awards Banquet a few weeks ago.
Mike Knisley Mike has done an excellent job in all of his work with Engineering Honors Orientation! He is thorough, thoughtful, and well organized in all that he does. I feel lucky to have him as a colleague and appreciate all the time, energy, and attention that he provides to our engineering students and families.
Ruth Ann Karl Ruth Ann is a multi-tasking master. She coordinated the training for five new advisors in our office. This complicated task involved coordinating meetings with numerous offices and dozens of individuals, preparing print materials and coordinating a campus tour. She took great care to make sure the new staff felt welcomed and would have a thorough training.

While coordinating these trainings, Ruth Ann finished teaching a spring semester class, prepared for transfer orientation and made and updated the orientation open course list in addition to completing everyday advising tasks. Ruth Ann contributes to our office in so many ways and is always focused on helping students succeed.

Ruth Ann Karl Ruth Ann has done an outstanding job preparing training and on-boarding materials for five new Fisher College of Business advisors. Her organization and careful planning helps our advisors feel comfortable in their roles more quickly and utilizes other staff members time and expertise more effectively. Thank you, Ruth Ann!!!
Chris Adams Not only do students absolutely love Chris, but he is a wonderful co-worker and mentor. He makes difficult situations seem manageable and puts others before himself without hesitation. He is always professional, yet fun-loving, which makes for the best type of advisor and advising administrator.
Lindsay Tolchin Lindsay works tirelessly to help her students find the right program. Most of her students will not be able to get into the major, but she does an outstanding job of helping them find a program that matches their skills and interests. She is also a tremendous advocate for underrepresented students, the BBC program, and her colleagues.


Ruth Ann Karl

Mike Knisley

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