March 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!

  • Mary Bailey, Matt DeBlieck, Stephanie Elliott, & Ryan Mouncey
    • “I wanted to nominate the Awards and Recognition Committee for being so wonderful this year! They have all worked so hard and contributed many great ideas, and I really appreciate the support. I was nervous about how these meetings would go over Zoom, but I think we’ve all connected really well and managed to have some fun, too!”
  • Caitlin Burden, Anita Simpson, & James Sutherland
    • “When one of our staffers was out for many weeks, Anita, Caitlin and James pitched in and helped out with the workload. Awesome team members! Much appreciated!”
  • Ada Keohane
    • “I am pleased to have this opportunity to nominate Ada for the Adviser of the Month! I am a new adviser at the Ohio State University, and I had the pleasure of shadowing Ada for almost 3 weeks. I can state with confidence that they possess talents and characteristics that would make them Adviser of the Month. Ada is optimistic and positive. What truly makes Ada an amazing adviser is their ability to bring out that optimism in the students. One characteristic I would like to emphasize on that Ada possesses is their compassionate nature that allows them to naturally work well with students. Every single student appointment I sat in, the students left with lots of information and confidence on what to do next. Ada truly wants everyone to succeed and supports them in their goals. I found this very useful in our area of working as an adviser. Ada is also very resourceful when it comes to finding new ways to support students. They have shared helpful cheat sheets as well as a calculator they created that is very easy to use. I appreciate Ada’s willingness to share what they have created as well as best practices that have worked for them.”
  • Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Saona
    • “Dr. Rodriguez-Saona is an advisor that every student hopes for. He is incredibly knowledgeable, caring, and passionate in what he does. He has helped me in so many ways in the past few years, from helping my product development team to walking me through scheduling challenges. Overall, an incredible advisor, professor, and person!”
  • Melissa Solinger
    • “Melissa has been instrumental in helping the College of Education and Human Ecology revamp and modernize their honors program. Starting in early 2020, Melissa volunteered to gather information and feedback over several months from current EHE honors students and other honors programs across campus to help shape the vision of the EHE honors program moving forward. Melissa has worked countless extra hours researching and developing new learning and experiential opportunities for EHE honors students and has played a critical role in contributing to the formal proposal for the new EHE honors program. With all of the challenges that working remotely during a pandemic has posed for all of us in the advising community, Melissa has gone above and beyond to ensure that EHE could “stay the course” with its original plans and timeline for changes in the honors program and ultimately to improve the experience for EHE honors students. We appreciate all she does for EHE students and the EHE Office of Academic Affairs!”

February 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!

Julianne Hensel Julianne coordinates the Honors Status application process for Fisher College of Business. This year, to combat typical student questions/issues and to be more visible in the virtual environment, Julianne created several videos to add to her Carmen page. Additionally, she held office hours specifically for Honors Status questions. These two actions resulted in fewer problems and a smoother overall application review process. Great work, Julianne!


CA Wade Two words “ROCK STAR.” Wade consistently thinks of more efficient ways to help advisors make our jobs easier. His quick wit and dry humor help to brighten the darkest of days. He is an asset to Computer Science and Engineering and The College of Engineering. His management of a roster of nearly 700 students is enviable and baffling. His ability to simplify and explain curricula to students, faculty, and staff is pure wizardry.

January 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 Alisa Paulsen for all of your hard work and dedication to the Department of Psychology and to OSU!

Alisa Paulsen Alisa always does a great job keeping us organized and connected to one another, and that hasn’t changed in the pandemic. However what’s even more helpful these days is how she makes us feel appreciated and cared for. She really goes out of her way to acknowledge our hard work and accomplishments and to celebrate personal and professional milestones. It’s a pleasure having her as a supervisor 🙂

November 2020 Advisor of the Month

It’s no secret that Autumn 2020 was a long journey for advisors, who were tasked with supporting students, teaching Survey, and other department/college/area responsibilities amid the continuing pandemic and through the stressful election. While it may not have seemed like it at the time, your efforts have been seen and appreciated. I know it’s not much, but it’s only right to open this month’s Advisor of the Month post with a nomination for, well, everyone!

ALL the Academic Advisors Seriously – y’all have made sure the good work gets done during a tumultuous time. Not only has the work gotten done – you all have done it with grace, empathy and a determination to serve your students in the best way possible. While being Higher Ed heroes you were balancing families, anxiety and not always having a clear picture of what 2020 might throw at you next. Don’t even get me started on PA/NP!

On behalf of those who work “around” you each and everyday – WE SEE YOU. You are appreciated and admired. Proud of this advising community!


In addition to these kind words, check out some of the wonderful things our advising colleagues have done this past month!

Angie LeCount Melamed Angie has a VERY large advisee load of Biochem majors, and works long hours to answer all their questions about scheduling, PA/NP, changing majors, adding minors, and other issues, while also dealing with computer problems and two young children at home. I admire her professionalism and fortitude, and I was very grateful that she was able to provide me with her special Pre-Health 101 handout for Survey!
Pete Locascio Pete consistently is finding ways to best support students. Pete manages curriculum, GE, and minor petitions. He is always quick to respond to faculty, staff, and students while constantly striving to make decisions based on student centeredness while upholding the integrity of each individual program. He works with faculty and staff to create innovative solutions to best support students. Our office is lucky to have someone like Pete who serves as an extremely knowledgeable liaison between faculty, staff, and students with a focus on how to serve in the best interest of our college and students. Thank you Pete for all you do!
Lucy Omar Lucy’s enthusiasm translates very well to her online Survey class! Her excitement for working with students, and her ability to adapt to the online environment, have been very appreciated this semester.
Rachel Steele Rachel has gone above and beyond to support one of our SpringForward students who had some unexpected and significant personal challenges occur this semester. Rachel has proactively worked with this student, connected them to appropriate resources, and reached out on the student’s behalf — and all of this during the busiest part of the term. This student told me that they trust Rachel and are glad for her help. Rachel, thank you! Your work matters and you are making a difference!
Peggy Strow Peggy has been providing extraordinary care and attention to a vulnerable SpringForward student. She has built a truly caring relationship with the student. Peggy has gone above and beyond in terms of communicating with the student and making sure the student is getting the necessary academic, personal, and medical help. Thank you, Peggy! The work you do matters!
Katie Watkins Katie spearheaded the survey instructors’ group leading into AU20 (and continuing to support us throughout AU20 via email check-ins and resource-sharing in BuckeyeBox). We’d never been brought together before Katie got us all in one (virtual) place together, and the ideas we shared really helped us mold our AU20 courses! Such cool ideas, innovative questions, and even just commiserating–ha!–helped tremendously in the planning for AU20 survey courses. Being able to see how much my work had in common with the work of other instructors/coordinators was an uplifting experience. Particularly for advisors in smaller units or at the regional campuses, this series of meetings and making connections helped us feel part of the larger Buckeye advising family, and that’s something we ALL can use during this time of working from home and social distancing. Mucho gracias to Katie for bringing us all together and coordinating our collaboration for the benefit of our students and each other.


THANK YOU for your continued hard work and dedication to the students in your area and OSU in November as well as the entire autumn semester!

October 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!

Lindsey Lee [Nomination 1] Lindsey constantly goes above and beyond with everything she does. Her students are her priority and she does everything she can to make sure each one has all the information, tools and resources to help them succeed in their chosen path. Lindsey is a fierce advocate for our online students as critical decisions are made that impact curriculum. I have been with the university less than a year as an advisor and she has been an amazing mentor. She always has time to answer any questions I have or to talk through a situation. I had only been here for three months when the shutdowns occurred and even though we only spent a short time together in person, she has taken the time to make me feel welcome and has made sure I have the support needed to properly learn and adjust to my position and this new way of advising. These are just a snippet of the things Lindsey has done to ensure everything and everyone is taken care of on a daily basis. Her selflessness during this challenging time speaks volumes to her as a person and an advisor. She truly is, and has always been, an all-star!
[Nomination 2] She not only is a great advisor to out students, but a helpful co-worker who is always willing to lend a hand and help out others. She always has a positive attitude, too!
Ryan Mouncey Ryan is a true team player in the College of Business Advising Office. He is the first to volunteer to help others out when they need coverage or just a helping hand. He always supplies his students with detailed information in an understanding and reassuring manner. We love his calm in the midst of the 2020 chaos!
Matt Ralph Matt is just an awesome advisor and colleague. He’s gone above and beyond teaching out survey class on Zoom and being the resource for our new first year students. He’s always ready and willing to help in any situation. He cares so much about students. Also, he’s one of my favorite folks to do some quick venting with, and I always get a kick out of sending him goofy videos after a tough day. I’m very thankful he’s my co-worker, and everyone should know how much he’s appreciated.
Shannon Romey Shannon has been a great addition to our office. She works extremely hard and always takes the extra steps to help others in the office. Through so many changes in our office, Shannon always has a positive outlook on things. We are lucky to have her as an advisor in EHE and we would be lost without her!
Heather Saling Heather has done an amazing job using her creativity to make the Pharmacy Learning Community engaging and fun, despite being virtual this Autumn. The students have continued to enjoy so many of the benefits of the LC because of Heather’s efforts.
Jeremy Swisher Jeremy has done an excellent job managing all of the major changers and minor student appointments that have been thrown his way this semester. He is attentive to all student needs, and works hard to be sure that he doesn’t miss a detail. I’m also incredibly pleased with the work he has done with the Pharmacy Club this semester. Despite the virtual environment, the club has remained active and engaged this semester!