Call for ACADAOS Advising Awards Nominations


The ACADAOS Awards and Recognition Committee is currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

These awards recognize one new advisor (with 3 or fewer years of total advising experience), two experienced advisors, and one advising administrator who truly go above and beyond for their students and colleagues. Additionally, as advisors, we rely on many other units at the university to do our jobs well, and we recognize one of these invaluable units each year with our Friend of ACADAOS Award. 

Do you know someone who fits one of these descriptions? Then consider submitting a nomination! Award submissions are due no later than Friday, March 17, 2023. The nominees and winners will be presented at the annual ACADAOS recognition ceremony on April 26, 2023. Check out the links above for more information about the awards criteria and the nomination forms. 

~Awards & Recognition Committee

January 2023 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!

  • Beth Pittman & Mohamad Saab
    • Beth and Mohamad have done a great job taking over our Fisher Honors program this year! They are both readily available to answer questions from other advisors about the intricacies of these programs. Thanks for all you do to support our honors students and our staff!”
  • Susan Lee
    • She is a great advisor to students and leaves a positive impact.”
  • Matt Waitkus
    • Matt is one of the best “conflict management” advisors in the office, and he is tireless (at least it seems so lately!). For the consistently calming, straightforward advice he gives, to both our student AND parent populations, he definitely deserves a shout out. Thanks for handling so many of tough ones, Matt!”

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are… Beth Pittman and Mohamad Saab! Congratulations!

December 2022 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!

  • Hannah Bushman
    • Hannah has been such a great resource for the new advisors on the Fisher College of Business advising team. She is always readily available and so helpful with any questions or concerns that come up. Thank you Hannah!”
  • Emily Carpenter
    • Emily is an excellent advocate for all of her students! She is proactive with her outreach to students in order to prevent potential issues whenever possible, and, of course, always helpful whenever students come to her with any problems they may be facing. She is an incredibly patient and supportive supervisor and coworker, as well. She deserves to be recognized for her hard work!”
  • Leslie Dowler
    • Went above and beyond to help multiple students who encountered issues. Being a voice for students.”
  • Sam Felhaber
    • Doing the role of 3 advisors in one with grace and professionalism”
  • Damesha Wells
    • Damesha is one year into her time at OSU as an advisor in EHE and she has already become such a great asset to our team and her students truly rely on her guidance and support. Our unit has had a lot of changes over the past year and Damesha has stepped up to help out wherever she can. She has taken on new responsibilities and has become the advisor for our non-traditional scholarship and AA program. It has been so great to watch her grow over this year and build important relationships with her students. She is an amazing asset to OSU!”

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are… Leslie Dowler and Damesha Wells! Congratulations!

November 2022 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!

  • Amanda Kallach and Kendall Coffman
    • I am nominating Amanda and Kendall for their positive contributions to our office morale. In mid-Autumn semester, they formed an unofficial arts committee and started a ‘This or That’ interactive bulletin board in our office space. This group activity has generated many ‘spirited’ debates and lots of laughs, and really lifted our team’s spirits during the busy scheduling season. We can’t wait to see what the next week’s topic will be – and are very grateful for these small but not insignificant contributions to office morale. Thank you, Amanda and Kendall!”
  • Fran Bowes
    • Fran has gone above and beyond in our office. Due to staff shortages and transitions, she has taken on a great deal of extra tasks in addition to her advisee load. Even with all the extra responsibility, she empowers every student who walks into her office, joins her zoom room, or talks with her on the phone. The work she does to connect with students cannot be overstated.”
  • Angela LeCount Melamed
    • There are no words to describe how kind and generous Angie has been with her time and her extensive advising knowledge. Not only does she make sure every single student that comes into her office has the best experience possible, she also takes on the task of training us new advisors in the office too. Angie will answer a million questions per day from us and will still tell you that you haven’t asked too many questions. She gives her time and her knowledge freely to everyone and she makes the rest of us better advisors because of it. Thank you for your guidance and leadership Angie! You are the best!”


The winner of this month’s ACADAOS raffle is… Fran Bowes! Congratulations!

June-October 2022 Advisors of the Month

It’s been a while since the last Advisor of the Month post, but advisors and other staff continue to do great work across campus all months of the year. Here are just some examples of what that has looked like. Thank you to each of you for all of your hard work and dedication to the students in your areas and OSU!

  • Meg Downing
    • Meg has been a wonderful resource and go-to person for all questions related to degree audit exceptions and GEN. She is always quick to reply to email questions and even will pause in her own work to answer instant message questions in the moment. Thanks Meg for being you. You ROCK!”
  • Cecilia Johnson
    • Cecilia worked to help an international student who had a family tragedy and was not enrolled in any classes Week 1 to enroll full-time by the end of Week 2. The student has a double-major and was emailing two advisors at one time. Cecilia was wonderful in keeping both advisors and the student updated on the progress and plan for autumn. Thanks Cecilia!”
  • Heather Kerr
    • Heather worked with new international students over summer enrolled in the EDUTL 1901 class. She then continued to try to support these students when no advisor was listed in the system for the major. These new students were confused and unsure where to go with their questions. She provide reassurance and guidance on their next steps. Thank you for helping to reduce these students anxiety.”
  • Dr. Wayne Schlingman
    • Wayne goes above and beyond for every undergraduate in the Department of Astronomy. Not only does he run the summer research program, but he goes out of his way to make sure the students are doing well. He will actively reach out during tough times in the semester to check in with students individually. He will also always help you with anything academic or life related. Without him, many undergrads studying Astronomy or Physics would be lost or at a much less advantageous position in life. Words cannot describe the amount of effort and care he puts in for the students and wellbeing of the department as a whole.”
  • Sara E. Watson
    • On being an outstanding and supportive advisor as well as great role model for her students”


ACADAOS is excited to announce the return of the monthly raffle for Advisor of the Month with this month’s winners being… Cecilia Johnson and Dr. Wayne Schlingman! Congratulations!