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!

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.