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!

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