October 2021 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!

  • Jessica Baer-Graves
    • Jessica is an all-star. She goes above and beyond on all matters of advising since day 1. She is calm/cool/collected when it comes to complicated student situations. She is just an amazing colleague! Giving fresh perspectives and solid advice to students and staff.”
  • Trish Jefferson
    • Trish has been so helpful with scheduling many visits/appointments for prospective student-athletes this fall. We’re all a little rusty with in-person campus visits, but not Trish! She hit the ground running, offered awesome meetings and open houses for prospective students and parents, and communicated updates in a very timely manner. We appreciate you, Trish!”
  • Alissa Kasmer
    • “Alissa is always happy to help with an advising question and if she doesn’t know she digs and finds the answer. She is deeply kind and cares so much about everyone around her. She consistently goes above and beyond to help and has such a positive outlook. She looks out for her students and her fellow advisers. Even with staffing changes in her own office, she pushes through to support those around her.”
  • Margaret Nevrekar
    • “Margaret is an excellent academic advisor. Not only does she bring her expertise and calm and caring demeanor into each student appointment, this fall she is also … [deep breath] teaching Survey, stepping up to learn to begin running Exploration’s end-of-term processes, teaching EXP 2000 in Session 2, serving on USAC, serving as EXP’s OnCourse ambassador, running EXP’s probation workshop and served on our interview committee for a new hire and probably more that I am leaving out. She is awesome and we appreciate her!!”
  • Lucy Omar
    • “Lucy has gone above and beyond this semester in multiple ways. With multiple new members of the team, Lucy has been a patient teacher, mentor, and advocate, and with her new first year students, Lucy has shown incredible dedication to making sure that their transition to on-campus learning and Ohio State in general has gone smoothly.”
  • Rebecca Sallade
    • “Rebecca used her background in public health to put together a presentation and resource list on mental health and self care, and is in the midst of presenting it to 13 different survey classes. This is in addition to learning all of the nuances of the advising job (she only started in August!) and working to make connections with her students.”

September 2021 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!

  • Nicole Vangas and Kathryn Dove
    • Nicole and Kathryn have beautifully coordinated our hybrid EXP NFYS Survey efforts this fall.
      Nicole worked with returning students to recruit them as Peer Mentors for the class to ensure that our NFYS students have excellent role models and points of connection at a university where our students can sometimes feel lost. She has worked with other units on campus to coordinate our weekly lectures to ensure that students are equipped with the best knowledge about campus resources and majors.
      Kathryn is our Carmen guru. She has managed the online content and presented it in a way that is clear, concise, and easy to use for all students. She effortlessly navigates and troubleshoots any issues that arise, which truly eases the load for those of who are not so tech-savvy!
      Together, they have created centralized resources and supports for advisors to utilize while teaching. Thank you both for all of your efforts in creating such a user-friendly (for students and staff) Survey experience!”
  • Jeanne Mauriocourt
    • Jeanne transitioned to an advising role at the Mansfield campus in SP21—what a crazy time to get trained and learn about how OSU advising works! She has done an amazing job at whatever we throw at her and is quickly streamlining and simplifying everything she can to make us as efficient as possible. I am thrilled that she is part of our team.”
  • Heather Saling
    • Heather is a complete ROCKSTAR and totally revamped our honors processes in the College of Pharmacy. She spoke with folks in other units to do some bench marking, created an honors contract for College of Pharmacy students, and developed a process that we can utilize to help students stay on track with and better understand the honors requirements. We have put this new process into use already this semester, and it has been so helpful. Thank you Heather!”
  • Athena Yiamouyiannis
    • “Athena is tireless in support of her students in Actuarial Science, and an advocate for her staff in math advising. She makes sure that our team is on-point and has the resources we need to help our advisees and the university community.”

July/August 2021 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!

  • Brad Burton
    • “Brad has been an outstanding new addition to the University Exploration advising team. He has made the best out of the craziness of being onboarded during the pandemic and has made the best out of things, not letting the remote work environment get in the way of his progress in getting up to speed and connecting with his students and colleagues.”
  • Darla Myers
    • “Darla previously worked in retention and transitioned to advising in Mansfield in Summer 2020 (while we were all remote)! Her advising load increased recently and Darla has done a great job learning her new areas and assisting a large number of incoming students.”
  • Meagen Rinard
    • “Meagen went above and beyond this summer while our small student services team was understaffed and in transition. She took on extra advising and orientation duties, and helped manage our graduation process, while our other undergrad advisor was on maternity leave. In addition, she took on extra advising, orientation, and graduation duties at the graduate level while we were transitioning a new staff member onto the team. I am so thankful to work with such a reliable, creative and hard-working colleague!”

June 2021 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
    • All of the Math advisors are phenomenal, but I would like to specifically recognize Caitlin Burden for her professionalism, kindness, patience and knowledge. I have worked with her recently on a few different student issues, and she has been incredibly helpful and easy to work with. Despite how busy I’m sure she is, she is always super patient and efficient. Thank you, Caitlin!
  • Andrea Evans
    • She has done an AMAZING job coordinating all things “orientation” for us this summer, and has continued to be a huge support to our advisors, in the process. We have very little wiggle room with our schedules because of numbers (as many departments are experiencing), and even with that, she recognizes that, of course advisors need time off, and she works some magic and makes the schedule work – again and again. She does all of this, plus all her other work, with a smile and a “c’mon, we can do it!” attitude. Orientation is always crazy busy, but it is so much better with Andrea steering us through!
  • Gina Taff
    • Gina has a lot of responsibilities outside of undergraduate advising but has been a vital part of our advising team for the past several years. She steps up without hesitation when our team needs additional support and brings an amazing logistical skillset to event planning and student support. Her ability to foresee potential challenges and provide realistic solutions has helped our team and our students in countless ways. In her interactions with students she is caring and helpful, and she has the ability to tailor her communication style to that which works best for each individual student. Her University knowledge and expertise makes a difference every single day and we are so lucky to have her on our team.

May 2021 Advisor of the Month

Check out some of the wonderful things one of our advising colleagues has done this past month! Thank you to Stephanie Rinehart for all of your hard work and dedication to the College of Engineering and OSU!

  • Stephanie Rinehart
    • Stephanie manages all-things-orientation for the College of Engineering. I appreciate the consistent and thoughtful way that she provides direction and guidance to all the departments. Stephanie is detail-orientated and cares about communicating to our students in a clear, concise manner. Stephanie – thanks for all of the work that you do and we are excited to welcome in our new group of Buckeye Engineers!”