May 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!

Renee Benham Nomination 1: Renee has gone SO far above and beyond what an advisor is required to do; she has learned (and taught our team!) numerous media-editing apps, from Adobe Spark Post to video software, etc. Even while adjusting to working from home, she learned how to shoot, edit, and produce multiple videos for our summer and fall orientation programs, often churning out multiple videos a day because we were on a timeline. She brings a smile to everything she does and brightens our zoom meetings when the rest of us start to let the stress overtake us. Our new Buckeyes will have an educational and fun New Student Orientation program, much of which is due to Renee’s video production and Carmen-course building skills, all in addition to her regular advising and increased advisee load with Beth’s departure. Four of us other advisors have temporarily taken on some of those majors to assist Renee, but being new to the majors, we ask her lots of questions, and she’s always super helpful and quick about getting back to us, thus empowering us to help more and more students.
For someone who has only been advising for a few years, Renee has really expanded the concept of what ‘advisor’ means to her, now encompassing creating videos and building Carmen courses to prepare students for college. She has also been a tremendous resource in the survey course planning (which yes, has started already!). Her previous experience in teaching has been such a valuable resource—we lean on her expertise for designing activities and classroom management strategies and maintaining a theme of “Buckeye success” throughout the entire course, and “gamify-ing” the assignments to make them more fun and interactive. Thanks SO much Renee for all you do! Our Newark Buckeyes will have an amazing first year because of you!
Renee Benham Nomination 2: Renee has been a really critical part of the advising team since she started a couple of years ago. In the last few months, she has done fantastic work in the transition to online advising and the online orientation, both in terms of supporting the team during a difficult period and in her advising work with students. She jumped into the Zoom advising challenge with both feet and has worked on multiple additional projects, such as working on lessons to make the online survey course in the Autumn as dynamic and fruitful an experience for students as possible. We’re really lucky to have Renee as part of the Newark Advising Team!
Renee Benham Nomination 3: Renee has gone above and beyond her normal advising role. She has created many videos for our New Student Orientation and also taught other staff members how to best record/edit videos as well all while adjusting to working from home. Renee also was assigned a larger caseload during this time due to an advisor taking another position. On top of all of this, she also made the time to train 5 other advisors on major curriculum. Renee always brings positivity and light to our staff meetings and to every student she interacts with!
Brenda Dinan Brenda has tirelessly worked to ensure that orientations are running smoothly for advisors in her advising clusters. She always makes sure to touch base with us to make sure things are going okay and wants to make sure that orientation is the best possible experience for both our students and us as advisors. She also put together an amazing Carmen site that we are using to help our students learn everything they need to know about planning their degree at OSU in their first semester. She has been a rockstar!
Brandon Hines Brandon is a fantastic advisor, colleague, and friend. He goes above and beyond the necessary outreach and advocacy for his students. Brandon is strong-willed, passionate, and enthusiastic about student success.
Mohamad Saab Mohamad is a fine example of volunteerism and selflessness. A recent example of his volunteerism and selflessness was during the Pass/Non-pass time period of Spring 20, Mohamad not only completed all of the Pass/Non-pass transactions for his students but also completed several hundreds more transactions for the department. Always a team member that we can count on!
Leah Schuh Leah has gone above and beyond during this time of transition, particularly as it relates to Virtual Orientation. Leah serves as our Orientation Coordinator among other roles. She has absolutely exceeded expectations and duties within this role. Switching everything from in-person to online is no easy task and Leah made it look easy.

Her attention to detail and big picture mindset has allowed virtual orientation as it pertains to our advising staff, be as seamless as possible. I am blown away at all of the minute details she thought of during the transition and how diligently she worked with our advising team to ensure collaboration took place. Her hard work, positive attitude, and attention to detail have certainly not gone unnoticed. Leah is a great team player who has the best interest of students and the student experience on the forefront of her mind, always. Leah – you are appreciated! <3

Peggy Strow Peggy has been amazing during AU20 Orientation. She divides up the transfer students among the advisors. As various situations have happened in the lives of the advisors (family emergencies, illnesses), she has been offering to reassign students to help out. Not only that, Peggy has been checking in with the other advisors to see how they are doing. She demonstrates true leadership during this difficult time that is now coinciding with the high-stress AU orientation season. I’m incredibly glad to have Peggy as a mentor during this challenging time.
Louise Vasher Louise clearly demonstrates that she cares about students. I recently Zoomed with a rising sophomore who told me Louise has gone above and beyond to make her feel welcomed and supported over the last year. Louise helped this student build her academic confidence by providing solid advice and encouragement. This student went from academic probation in her first semester, to earning a 4.0 GPA in her second semester. The student told me that Louise’s support was a big reason she felt like she could be successful and turn things around. Great work, Louise!
Ashley Sweaney, Laura Whitaker, Liz McGinnis These three amazing Ladies of Psychology have been awesome during this new world of remote work, endless zoom sessions, and the start of virtual orientations. They were of course brilliant before, but each has stepped up in unique ways to support the students and the team. They have tackled each new wave of concerns quickly and with professionalism and smiles. Thank you, you all rock!

April 2020 Advisor of the Month

Check out some of the wonderful things one of our advising colleagues has done this past month! Thank you to Audrey Van Ostran for all of your hard work and dedication to the students in the Fisher College of Business and to OSU!

Audrey Van Ostran Audrey has gone out of her way to support colleagues in Fisher during the last few weeks of the Spring 2020 semester. Although we’ve faced several challenges, Audrey did not hesitate to take the lead on several projects created to continue positive student experiences while working remotely as a result of COVID-19. Her flexible and creative contributions has validated her skills and ability to lead and impact the way we implement innovative strategies to adjust to online services. Audrey has definitely proven herself to be an extremely supportive, knowledgeable, and encouraging colleague. Her character is inspiring and it is such a joy to work alongside her.

 

March 2020 Advisor of the Month

We would first like to take a moment and recognize the work everyone has been doing across the University to maintain academic advising services despite COVID-19. While we can’t send a raffle prize to all advisors, your work is truly appreciated. Here are some examples of how advising staff have been stepping up to the challenge over the month of March:

Anne DeGirolamo Advising-from-home is tricky enough as it is, but it can be even trickier depending on how much there is to juggle. I think Anne has had a lot to juggle, and yet has not the quality of advising slip in the slightest. With everything going on with the shutdown the internship and career pieces caused a lot of uncertainty and chaos that needed to be dealt with in a timely fashion. Anne is always willing to help in anyway she can even during the moments of chaos; truly a collaborative and professional advisor. It truly is a pleasure to work with Anne because she has been willing to listen and answer questions from day 1. Not only that, she was really helpful when it came to getting settled and comfortable in the area when my wife and I moved. She always knows a great restaurant or place to go in the Columbus area. I do not say that lightly, because starting a new job is one thing but moving to a new place can be nerve wracking. being able to find a good neighborhood restaurant or place to go to feel connected to the community was important for me as I grew into my role as an OSU advisor. Having Anne as a colleague is truly a pleasure. She is an excellent advisor who never seeks opportunities for the purpose of “tooting her own horn”. She is humble, respected by her students and colleagues, as well as truly collegial and collaborative. I consider myself lucky to call Anne DeGirolamo a colleague.
Brenda Dinan Brenda has done an incredible job of keeping pre-health advisors updated on how health professions programs are treating PA/NP. Her work collecting and sharing information saves the rest of us considerable time and effort. (And no doubt she’s doing this while fielding a few student emails about this policy change.) Thanks to Brenda for the regular, clear communication and helpful resources!
Marlena Harper Marlena has contributed an enormous effort to moving BUSADM 1200 online! She has volunteered to record dynamic Carmen Zoom lessons for our students, while also brainstorming and creating ways to keep our students engaged and educated from afar! She has come up with great ideas for adapting our assignments, attendance, and participation activities, while also anticipating the unique needs of students during this unprecedented time. This is her first semester teaching with us, and she is knocking it out of the park!
Lisa Jerele Since our supervisor has been out on maternity Lisa has been thrust into picking up all of the supervisor’s duties on top of all the normal duties she has in her advising role – which includes being the point person for recruitment, communicating with prospective students/families, and serving on a Journalism committee within the School of Communication. The job of advising-from-home is difficult enough, and adding on top of that a whole additional job is a recipe for disaster and breakdown. I feel Lisa has stepped up and become a great leader for us during this twilight zone chaos. I think it was a natural and seamless transition which has helped us stay on point, and even sometimes ahead of the game as an advising staff. Lisa is a fantastic advisor and an awesome colleague to have. From day 1 she has been more than helpful to me as I grew into my position and learned the ins and outs of advising at OSU. I consider it an honor to work side-by-side and collaborate with Lisa. This is clearly an unprecedented time that we have all been thrust into, but I think Lisa has been amazing in how she is handling and managing everything.
Heather Long Heather Long is a Senior Academic Advising Lead in the Education Cluster within the College of EHE. Heather has stepped up and created/led education cluster specific meetings to ensure we are all on the same page and relaying the same message to our students during this unprecedented time. Her communication/collaboration, efficiency in completing/delegating tasks, and leadership style speak for itself. Heather prioritizes students and the team first, always. Often, this comes with sacrifice; the price of working extra hours and taking on more responsibility than ever with no pay incentive but rather her love for working with students and people in general. Heather has proven to be a positive sounding board for our students and advising staff in a time of angst and uncertainty. Her poised composure and calming nature shines so bright. Character speaks volume in times of distress and her character is speaking loudly, in the most positive way.

You are truly a rock star! You are so appreciated. Thank you for all you do for our students, our team, and our office. Thank you for being you! <3

Melinda McDonald As the fearless leader of our Fisher advising team, I think Melinda deserves a public shout-out for her leadership these past few weeks. She has anticipated problems before they have arisen, identified solutions, and clearly communicated those with the team. She has checked in with everyone frequently and shared amusing personal anecdotes to make us laugh. Transparency and communication are extremely valuable in maintaining morale during stressful times, and I am thankful every day to have Melinda at our helm. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to support our team! You are awesome!
Margaret Nevrekar In addition to all the amazing things Margaret does as an Exploration advisor, she is also going above and beyond as an instructor for ESEPSY 2059. Her section was forced to move online (thanks COVID19) but she handled the transition with grace and brought many new and creative ideas to the table. She is going above and beyond in her outreach to students who are struggling academically, both in her 2059 course and in general. In addition, Margaret continues to provide both practical and moral support for the SpringForward program. She has done all of this with a smile and a sense of humor. Margaret’s work ethic and commitment to students is truly appreciated!
Stephanie Rinehart Stephanie has lead the College of Engineering in re-imagining orientation. She is proactive and hard working. We are lucky to have her on our team.
Jennifer Scott Jen has been my go-to person to ask questions, vent, talk about hypothetical advising situations, etc. I tend to ask a lot of questions and she has truly been a trooper when it comes to that. I truly felt welcome in the School of Communication advising office from the start and Jen has played a big part in that. She always comes in with a positive attitude, a smile, and a great outlook even in rough parts of the semester. She is also always ready with a good dad joke to lighten the mood. Even now during this shutdown she still has a great attitude and outlook. Jen was instrumental in showing me the ropes of survey when I first started, and now I am pretty much self-sustaining thanks to her. Jen’s role as transfer credit coordinator has certainly grown since I started in my position and she has been a rock star the whole time. Her approach and work with transfer credit is very thorough and of high quality. She certainly makes it easy to trace a course back through the years of her evaluations and see what has changed. It has been incredibly important recently with the new General credit policy that equivalencies be updated often in the system. Jen has continually knocked it out of the park. I know, as well as the other advisors in the School of Communication, that Jen is someone you can count on as a professional and as an advisor. The respect and rapport that Jen has with her students is unparalleled and truly something I try to emulate in my own way. She is an advisor I look up to and someone who inspires me in their approach to the craft. It is truly an honor to call Jen a colleague.

February 2020 Advisor of the Month

Check out some of the wonderful things one of our advising colleagues has done this past month! Thank you to Heather Klein for all of your hard work and dedication to the students on the Newark campus and to OSU!

Heather Klein Heather has been organizing the Newark Connections Fair for students the past couple years. This event allows regional students to connect with Columbus advisors. This past year’s event was a great success with a great turnout of students, advisors, and staff members. The event has many moving pieces that Heather manages so well. I am also very appreciative of Heather’s follow through in working with students. She consistently reaches out with questions to best support her students and their transition to Columbus. Heather goes the extra mile for her students and aids immensely in numerous successful Campus Changes each semester. Thank you Heather for all that you do for your students and the advising community!

 

December 2019/January 2020 Advisors 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!

Emily Carpenter Following the flooding in the Hagerty Hall Advising Office, I don’t know what we would have done without Emily! Emily worked quickly to find us all temporary office locations, and made sure we had the technology and other resources we needed. She was on top of everything. Even now that we’re all in separate offices, she always makes a point to check in on us and ask if we need anything. She deserves a Supervisor of the Year award!
Julianne Hensel Julianne is managing many aspects of various honors applications currently happening in Fisher College of Business. Her Qualtrics and Excel skills are very helpful in making the application process for students and the review process for staff and faculty run smoothly!
Alissa Kasmer Alissa has got to be hands down the best advising resource I have encountered in my time at OSU. If she doesn’t know an answer, she knows who to ask to find an answer. She’s helped me navigate many complicated situations and is an excellent sounding board. She works hard for her students and her department and I know that even though they don’t say it often, they are incredibly thankful for her and I am too.
Shalonda Makupson-Tilford Shalonda cares deeply for her students and makes sure each student is seen, heard, and supported. We are lucky to have you as a part of our team.
Alexis McDonagh Alexis started in our office in October and began seeing student on her own in January. She’s doing an amazing job learning all of Ohio State’s policies, resources, and petitions, as well as the requirements for psychology and various other pre-health programs. She also did over 30 major declaration appointments in January! She’s a great addition to the team.
Ryan Mouncey Ryan is a great addition to our advising team! He started during the chaos of the 2nd week of fall semester so he had to hit the ground running, and he did so with a great attitude. Not only is he doing his job well but he is stepping up and helping out with other tasks as needed. One recent example is from this winter break when he helped with grade/record reviews for some colleagues out on leave. This can be a very onerous and mind-numbing task, particularly after having already spent days reviewing hundreds of your own advisee’s records. Despite knowing this, Ryan didn’t hesitate to volunteer and help his colleague out. He is a great team player and we are thrilled to have him.
Rick Stewart Rick is an advisor who is not only attentive to the needs of his students but also the needs of the advising area. His organizational skills and attention to details have contributed to successful initiatives he has led. His sincere respect and inclusiveness of all perspectives has been refreshing. Since we have been short staffed in the advising area at the Mansfield campus, Rick’s willingness to provide assistance above and beyond has been so helpful. He is usually seen in his office after 5 pm, typically one of the last staff members to leave. Thanks, Rick, for your awesome teamwork and support. You will be greatly missed when you retire at the end of spring semester.
Louise Vasher Louise has been a wonderful addition to Fisher not only for students but also for the whole office. She always comes to work with a smile and a positive attitude. She cares deeply for her students and knows all about their backgrounds. When she meets with students, they know she is truly listening their concerns and frustrations. We are lucky to have her!
Athena Yiamouyiannis Athena has great managerial skills that she used to streamline math advising, allowing each team member to use their best abilities.
She was also instrumental in making the office change happen during the Autumn ’19 term, in spite of all the challenges that came during the busiest term of the year.
Athena coordinated the hiring of three new math advisors, and helped built an awesome team: “The Five Math-keteers” as I dare titled us :- )

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are… Alissa Kasmer and Rick Stewart! Congratulations!