Zayd Abukar Authors “Academic Advisors: the Secret Key to College Success”

A belated congratulations to Zayd Abukar, Academic Advisor & Staff Assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for publishing an article in the Columbus African American News Journal on the role academic advisors play in college student success!

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Congrats to the 2015-2016 PDP Winners!


Congratulations the winners of the 2015-2016 Professional Development Program! All advisors listed below reached at least 275 points in Tier 3 of the PDP and received a $25 Visa gift card at the annual ACADAOS Kickoff event on Friday, September 9th, 2016. Three lucky people also won the grand prize drawing for a $200 gift card!

Katie Bush-Glenn
Margo Coates
Amanda Crall
Diana DeVol Bevilacqua
Leslie Dowler
Stephanie Elliott
Sarah Howard
Ruth Ann Karl
Jamie Paulson – $200 gift card winner!
Joanna Spanos
Cory Shain
Gabe Tippery – $200 gift card winner!
Lindsay Tolchin – $200 gift card winner!

Hopefully this serves as an incentive for all advisors to participate in year three of the Professional Development Program, which is now live in Carmen for all members of ACADAOS who have renewed their membership for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Congrats to the Advisors who Reached Tier 2 during AU15!

I hope everyone was able to spend some quality time with their family and friends over winter break. I know I did, and it was wonderful!

As spring semester gets underway, our focus will understandably be on our students and their needs, but we shouldn’t forget to take some time to focus on our own professional development. This post has two purposes: to encourage all ACADAOS members who have not yet started the Professional Development Program to do so and to congratulated those who have completed Tiers 1 and 2 during autumn semester. These individuals have earned a letter from Dr. Carlson to their supervisor, recognizing their commitment to the field of academic advising and to their own professional development. This letter will make such a great contribution to these advisors’ personnel files!

So, without further ado, congratulations to Diana DeVol Bevilacqua, Gabe Tippery, Leslie Dowler, Lindsay Tolchin, and Sarah Howard for completing Tiers 1 and 2 of the PDP! Remember to start logging all your professional development activities in Tier 3 so you are eligible to receive all the amazing prizes that will be awarded at the beginning of Autumn 2016!

I also want to encourage the rest of you to log-in to the PDP on Carmen and complete the activities necessary to progress through Tiers 1 and 2. My New Year’s resolution for you all is to be able to set action steps for yourself so you can start (or continue) toward your next career goal, whatever that may be. Don’t delay-start your Professional Development Plan today! (too cheesy?)