November 2020 Advisor of the Month

It’s no secret that Autumn 2020 was a long journey for advisors, who were tasked with supporting students, teaching Survey, and other department/college/area responsibilities amid the continuing pandemic and through the stressful election. While it may not have seemed like it at the time, your efforts have been seen and appreciated. I know it’s not much, but it’s only right to open this month’s Advisor of the Month post with a nomination for, well, everyone!

ALL the Academic Advisors Seriously – y’all have made sure the good work gets done during a tumultuous time. Not only has the work gotten done – you all have done it with grace, empathy and a determination to serve your students in the best way possible. While being Higher Ed heroes you were balancing families, anxiety and not always having a clear picture of what 2020 might throw at you next. Don’t even get me started on PA/NP!

On behalf of those who work “around” you each and everyday – WE SEE YOU. You are appreciated and admired. Proud of this advising community!


In addition to these kind words, check out some of the wonderful things our advising colleagues have done this past month!

Angie LeCount Melamed Angie has a VERY large advisee load of Biochem majors, and works long hours to answer all their questions about scheduling, PA/NP, changing majors, adding minors, and other issues, while also dealing with computer problems and two young children at home. I admire her professionalism and fortitude, and I was very grateful that she was able to provide me with her special Pre-Health 101 handout for Survey!
Pete Locascio Pete consistently is finding ways to best support students. Pete manages curriculum, GE, and minor petitions. He is always quick to respond to faculty, staff, and students while constantly striving to make decisions based on student centeredness while upholding the integrity of each individual program. He works with faculty and staff to create innovative solutions to best support students. Our office is lucky to have someone like Pete who serves as an extremely knowledgeable liaison between faculty, staff, and students with a focus on how to serve in the best interest of our college and students. Thank you Pete for all you do!
Lucy Omar Lucy’s enthusiasm translates very well to her online Survey class! Her excitement for working with students, and her ability to adapt to the online environment, have been very appreciated this semester.
Rachel Steele Rachel has gone above and beyond to support one of our SpringForward students who had some unexpected and significant personal challenges occur this semester. Rachel has proactively worked with this student, connected them to appropriate resources, and reached out on the student’s behalf — and all of this during the busiest part of the term. This student told me that they trust Rachel and are glad for her help. Rachel, thank you! Your work matters and you are making a difference!
Peggy Strow Peggy has been providing extraordinary care and attention to a vulnerable SpringForward student. She has built a truly caring relationship with the student. Peggy has gone above and beyond in terms of communicating with the student and making sure the student is getting the necessary academic, personal, and medical help. Thank you, Peggy! The work you do matters!
Katie Watkins Katie spearheaded the survey instructors’ group leading into AU20 (and continuing to support us throughout AU20 via email check-ins and resource-sharing in BuckeyeBox). We’d never been brought together before Katie got us all in one (virtual) place together, and the ideas we shared really helped us mold our AU20 courses! Such cool ideas, innovative questions, and even just commiserating–ha!–helped tremendously in the planning for AU20 survey courses. Being able to see how much my work had in common with the work of other instructors/coordinators was an uplifting experience. Particularly for advisors in smaller units or at the regional campuses, this series of meetings and making connections helped us feel part of the larger Buckeye advising family, and that’s something we ALL can use during this time of working from home and social distancing. Mucho gracias to Katie for bringing us all together and coordinating our collaboration for the benefit of our students and each other.


THANK YOU for your continued hard work and dedication to the students in your area and OSU in November as well as the entire autumn semester!

October 2020 Advisor of the Month

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

Lindsey Lee [Nomination 1] Lindsey constantly goes above and beyond with everything she does. Her students are her priority and she does everything she can to make sure each one has all the information, tools and resources to help them succeed in their chosen path. Lindsey is a fierce advocate for our online students as critical decisions are made that impact curriculum. I have been with the university less than a year as an advisor and she has been an amazing mentor. She always has time to answer any questions I have or to talk through a situation. I had only been here for three months when the shutdowns occurred and even though we only spent a short time together in person, she has taken the time to make me feel welcome and has made sure I have the support needed to properly learn and adjust to my position and this new way of advising. These are just a snippet of the things Lindsey has done to ensure everything and everyone is taken care of on a daily basis. Her selflessness during this challenging time speaks volumes to her as a person and an advisor. She truly is, and has always been, an all-star!
[Nomination 2] She not only is a great advisor to out students, but a helpful co-worker who is always willing to lend a hand and help out others. She always has a positive attitude, too!
Ryan Mouncey Ryan is a true team player in the College of Business Advising Office. He is the first to volunteer to help others out when they need coverage or just a helping hand. He always supplies his students with detailed information in an understanding and reassuring manner. We love his calm in the midst of the 2020 chaos!
Matt Ralph Matt is just an awesome advisor and colleague. He’s gone above and beyond teaching out survey class on Zoom and being the resource for our new first year students. He’s always ready and willing to help in any situation. He cares so much about students. Also, he’s one of my favorite folks to do some quick venting with, and I always get a kick out of sending him goofy videos after a tough day. I’m very thankful he’s my co-worker, and everyone should know how much he’s appreciated.
Shannon Romey Shannon has been a great addition to our office. She works extremely hard and always takes the extra steps to help others in the office. Through so many changes in our office, Shannon always has a positive outlook on things. We are lucky to have her as an advisor in EHE and we would be lost without her!
Heather Saling Heather has done an amazing job using her creativity to make the Pharmacy Learning Community engaging and fun, despite being virtual this Autumn. The students have continued to enjoy so many of the benefits of the LC because of Heather’s efforts.
Jeremy Swisher Jeremy has done an excellent job managing all of the major changers and minor student appointments that have been thrown his way this semester. He is attentive to all student needs, and works hard to be sure that he doesn’t miss a detail. I’m also incredibly pleased with the work he has done with the Pharmacy Club this semester. Despite the virtual environment, the club has remained active and engaged this semester!

September 2020 Advisor of the Month

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

Deborah Barton Deborah is an invaluable resource to the Lima Academic Advising team! Her knowledge about OnCourse and how to set up campaigns has helped me save time and broaden my outreach to students. Deborah is always happy to answer questions and is so helpful to both students and co-workers. She is awesome!
Whitney Brown Within the John Glenn College, Whitney has been a pivotal resource and guiding force for our first-year students attempting to navigate college and COVID at the same time. She’s worked hard to develop a virtual orientation and survey experience that engages and supports students at a time when they need it most. Glenn students, faculty, and staff are thankful to have Whitney as a recourse, advisor, colleague, and friend. She’s just an all-around awesome human!
Amy Collins-Warfield Amy has worked tirelessly throughout the summer and into autumn semester to make connections with SpringForward students. Not only has she had hundreds of one-on-one appointments over that time period, she redeveloped curriculum and taught a course that fostered connections in an online environment and created programming to increase student engagement. Amy goes above and beyond her assigned duties all with the goal of making sure that students are able to be successful at Ohio State. She is constantly aware of inequalities and advocating for what is right for the student. Her passion and dedication to student success along with her drive to make things better makes Amy an outstanding advisor.
Wendy Hedrick Wendy always goes above and beyond to help students. She genuinely cares about their success at OSU-Lima and makes every student feel valued. Wendy is also an essential part of our advising team and is always available to help answer questions and assist co-workers. She is a joy to work with!
Niki Jaburek Niki has been working non-stop to make sure our students are students are succeeding this semester. She set up an appointment campaign in September to check on all of her students and see how they were progressing through the semester. The result of the campaign was a fully booked calendar during a slower period in advising. Niki has been working very hard to meet one-on-one with all of her survey students. Our department has been grateful for the support Niki offers to our students through these unprecedented times.
Christie Lukegord Christie has been efficient in supporting her students (~900 split with another advisor), as well as helping her fellow new advisor gain confidence in the major of Health Sciences and the position. She balances these duties well along with a new program Director, but shows grace and enthusiasm. She always has good vibes to give to her team.

August 2020 Advisor of the Month

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

Caitlin Burden, Anita Simpson, James Sutherland Although on board for just over a year, Caitlin, Anita and James have stepped up to the plate handling Math Advising duties efficiently and cordially for both majors and non-majors as well as a number of challenging projects, including Math Placement Test development and maintenance, Qualtrics Survey development & Data Analysis, Math Transfer Credit Evaluations, and Webmaster duties. During these busy CoVid times, the Math Advising staff has worked as a team to serve students, staff and faculty to the best of their abilities. Their commitment to excellence is recognized and greatly appreciated.
Laurel Clarkson On numerous occasions leading up to the fall, Laurel was asked to support some of our student-athletes with difficult and complex situations that needed timely support. Even in the midst of the pandemic, she made time in her busy schedule to ensure that the students got what they needed and calmed their nerves. Students expressed relief after getting things resolved because she stayed in constant communication under very difficult and very busy times. Thank you Laurel!
Brenda Dinan Brenda Dinan provides excellent leadership, support, and assistance to the advisors in Arts and Sciences. She works closely with the advisors in the biological sciences and the math and physical sciences in order to provide support and information for all aspects of our advising work. She worked very hard all summer to provide critical leadership for our orientation programs. She created a wonderful Carmen course for our new freshman and transfer students to complete prior to orientation. Brenda’s organization and communication skills are excellent. Her willingness to listen to her advisors and provide thoughtful and helpful advice and support is very much appreciated. Brenda’s good humor, positive energy, and sincere compassion should also be noted and celebrated. Brenda truly believes in doing what is best for the student, and she also believes in supporting advisors in their work and making sure advisors have the information and resources needed to support their students. Perhaps most importantly though, Brenda cares deeply for her advisors and provides much needed support and positive energy for her advisors. In summary, Brenda is an awesome leader, advisor, colleague, and friend!
Sam Felhaber Sam always goes the extra mile for not only our students but our office! This August and all summer long, Sam spent countless hours helping to develop carmen modules for our online Campus Change Orientation, creating videos in iMovie, re-designing the weekly emails, and updated all of our curriculum guides in a new format! This is of course on top of building our Survey classes and answering student emails and appointments. Despite August being super busy – Sam continues to bring positivity to our office each and every day. We are so thankful to have Sam as part of our HRS family!
Karen Royce Karen Royce provides excellent leadership, communication, and support for the use of Carmen in our Arts and Sciences survey classes. Each year, Karen creates the Carmen shell for the Arts and Sciences advisors to use for their freshman survey classes. She also provides very helpful Carmen training sessions for the Arts and Sciences advisors. In addition, she provides a lot of one-on-one help and training for advisors (like me) who need more help with Carmen. Karen provides the training with a very positive attitude, good humor, and an extreme amount of patience and compassion. Karen also provides leadership and excellent communication regarding the Reinstatement process for Arts and Sciences. Karen’s knowledge of OSU procedures, policies and tech skills should also be noted and celebrated. Karen cares deeply for her students and she cares deeply for her advising colleagues. She is always very willing to go above and beyond to provide help for Carmen, reinstatement questions, tech assistance, etc. Karen is a wonderful advisor, leader, colleague and friend!
Athena Yiamouyiannis Athena has great managerial skills that she applied not only for leading our team of five math-keteers but also at dealing with the challenges of autumn enrollments in math courses. Knowing the skills, strengths & expertise of each of us, she assigns us tasks that we each can complete with maximum speed and efficiency.
She worked very hard, especially in August, in order to make sure that our department will offer the best combination of in-person, online or hybrid courses based on students’ needs. Her number one priority is that we provide great service to all our students while keeping the academic standards. To that end, Athena dedicates all her time & energy cheerfully.
David Zach David has been instrumental with helping those of us teaching the combined MPS survey in making sure things run smoothly. He put together several quick reference guides and helped to make sure our transition into teaching the class on Zoom has been a seamless experience. His detailed notes and instructions have made putting together our virtual lectures and in-class activities a breeze and it has definitely helped to relieve stress on all of us!

June 2020 Advisor of the Month

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

Mouris Danial Mouris is an amazing colleague, teacher and advisor. Our advising leadership received the message below from the parents of one of our students. We could not be more proud, or humbled to work each day with Mouris. In these trying times, we know he will lead his new freshmen this fall with calm professionalism, creating a space that is safe and challenges perceptions for his students. OSU and Fisher College are lucky to have Mouris on our team.

*****We are sending this email to recognize Mouris Danial for his professionalism, compassion, and fairness. After talking to several different people, (student) was fortunate enough to speak with Mr. Danial.

Mr. Danial kindly and patiently listened to (student). Mr. Danial gave (student) helpful, and thoughtful advice. He did not treat (student) as just “a number.” Additionally, Mr. Danial returned (student)’s emails in a timely and professional manner.

We can honestly say as parents that Mr. Danial was instrumental in helping (student) regain his motivation and desire for academic studies.

Ali Grandey Incredibly supportive to our students and myself. Ali has skillfully and transitioned into her new role at the university under these very unusual circumstances.
Mike Knisley Mike approaches all of his work with care and concentration. He is always willing to help out and provides excellent student support. He is warm, calm, positive, and truly cares about others. He is a joy to work with and I am so proud to have him as a colleague and friend.
Trisha Ritter Trisha continues to show her support for students and everyone on our team as we have gone through many changes in our unit and our working environment. She has recently been working on moving orientation to a fully virtual event for her special population of students. While doing this, she still has been fully present for her large roster of students. She is always a reliable resource for support and problem solving for our team and I am not sure what we would do without her!
Hillary Stanley Hillary has been instrumental in crafting pre-nursing orientation, and assisting with pre-nursing students. Her communication and openness has helped tremendously, especially while working virtually. You go girl!