February 2023 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!

  • Meg Downing
    • Meg is always there to answer my questions and helps keep me sane. She is an absolute rock star of an advisor and is always so supportive and wonderful.”
  • Ahmed Hassan
    • Ahmed has been a great addition to our team in EHE and goes above and beyond to support our students. He connects well with students and makes them feel valued and cared for at all times. He constantly looks for ways to enhance his already strong advising skill set and contributes greatly to the unit.”
  • Jeanne Mauriocourt
    • As we have undergone a great deal of transition in our advising office, Jeanne has been a steady hand to help guide us all through the process. Throughout all the ups and downs as we navigate training new advisors and filling empty leadership roles, Jeanne has taken time and care to ensure that everyone on the advising team feels heard and recognized. All this while she uses the same calm and ease to advise her students.”
  • Gionna Russo
    • Gionna has done a fabulous job learning about the ISE curriculum and assisting ISE students this semester. She really takes the time to learn about the student and provide accurate and detail-oriented options for their schedules. Her questions are thoughtful and student-centered.”
  • Jen Scott
    • Jen helped a student seeking review of COMM transfer credit. Both the student and advisor had no luck getting a copy of an old syllabus for review. Jen used her magic and found one to review and get the general credit changed for the student. Her commitment to going above and beyond for students is greatly appreciated by the student and advisor. Thanks Jen!”
  • Ashley Sweaney
    • Ashley was extremely helpful in tracking down missing grades from an AU22 class. One of the many responsiblities that is advising, but not. Thanks Ashley, greatly appreciated by the students and staff!”
  • Melissa Toretch
    • Melissa has been doing amazing work in the CSE advising office helping with the many MANY advising questions from both students and colleagues. She is an absolute rockstar and is going above and beyond to help as much as she can.”

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are… Ahmed Hassan and Jen Scott! Congratulations!

Call for ACADAOS Advising Awards Nominations


The ACADAOS Awards and Recognition Committee is currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

These awards recognize one new advisor (with 3 or fewer years of total advising experience), two experienced advisors, and one advising administrator who truly go above and beyond for their students and colleagues. Additionally, as advisors, we rely on many other units at the university to do our jobs well, and we recognize one of these invaluable units each year with our Friend of ACADAOS Award. 

Do you know someone who fits one of these descriptions? Then consider submitting a nomination! Award submissions are due no later than Friday, March 17, 2023. The nominees and winners will be presented at the annual ACADAOS recognition ceremony on April 26, 2023. Check out the links above for more information about the awards criteria and the nomination forms. 

~Awards & Recognition Committee

January 2023 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!

  • Beth Pittman & Mohamad Saab
    • Beth and Mohamad have done a great job taking over our Fisher Honors program this year! They are both readily available to answer questions from other advisors about the intricacies of these programs. Thanks for all you do to support our honors students and our staff!”
  • Susan Lee
    • She is a great advisor to students and leaves a positive impact.”
  • Matt Waitkus
    • Matt is one of the best “conflict management” advisors in the office, and he is tireless (at least it seems so lately!). For the consistently calming, straightforward advice he gives, to both our student AND parent populations, he definitely deserves a shout out. Thanks for handling so many of tough ones, Matt!”

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are… Beth Pittman and Mohamad Saab! Congratulations!

December 2022 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!

  • Hannah Bushman
    • Hannah has been such a great resource for the new advisors on the Fisher College of Business advising team. She is always readily available and so helpful with any questions or concerns that come up. Thank you Hannah!”
  • Emily Carpenter
    • Emily is an excellent advocate for all of her students! She is proactive with her outreach to students in order to prevent potential issues whenever possible, and, of course, always helpful whenever students come to her with any problems they may be facing. She is an incredibly patient and supportive supervisor and coworker, as well. She deserves to be recognized for her hard work!”
  • Leslie Dowler
    • Went above and beyond to help multiple students who encountered issues. Being a voice for students.”
  • Sam Felhaber
    • Doing the role of 3 advisors in one with grace and professionalism”
  • Damesha Wells
    • Damesha is one year into her time at OSU as an advisor in EHE and she has already become such a great asset to our team and her students truly rely on her guidance and support. Our unit has had a lot of changes over the past year and Damesha has stepped up to help out wherever she can. She has taken on new responsibilities and has become the advisor for our non-traditional scholarship and AA program. It has been so great to watch her grow over this year and build important relationships with her students. She is an amazing asset to OSU!”

The winners of this month’s ACADAOS raffle are… Leslie Dowler and Damesha Wells! Congratulations!

ACADAOS Autumn 2022 General Body Meeting Recap

Thanks so much to Dr. Shawnté Elbert for sharing with our members such great information. If you missed the meeting, or had to leave early, please see links below to the recording of the meeting and the slides she provided:

As a reminder, if you’re interested in joining any o f our committees, please email David Zach.

Finally, don’t forget to track your professional development points as you participate in professional development activities on or off campus. More information can be found at our Professional Development page.

Thanks for a great Autumn General Body Meeting, and we can’t wait to connect again in spring semester.