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!”

NACADA Regional Conference: Post Game Recap…a few weeks later

By: Christine Meadows, Knowlton School

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy attending professional conferences—either in person or virtual (although my preference will always be in person). They help ground me and reaffirm why I do what I do. This spring’s Regional Conference (Region 3 & 5) did just that. Kuddos to the organizers for coordinating and executing a successful virtual experience!

When I began looking at session topics, I wanted to be intentional: find sessions that apply directly to the initiatives I oversee in my office and sessions on topics that I was genuinely interested in learning more about. When I selected my sessions, they all had a general theme of working with students in academic difficulty: students in the murky middle or helping students recover and everyone and everything in between. I attended the following sessions:

  • Collaborative strategies for retention and academic remediation
  • Please answer my email! What academic advisors can learn from marketing best practices
  • Leveraging advising technologies to strengthen proactive advising
  • Developing an advising retention & student success program for students on academic probation
  • Coaching the murky middle: strategies for a successful advising intervention
  • The never-ending onion: peeling back the layers of academic actions

I won’t bore everyone with the details, but there a few takeaways from each session that I hope to continue to apply in my day to day responsibilities:

  • Collaboration is Key—break down the silos between our units and reach out to colleagues at other institutions. Due to the increase of our online presence, this has never been easier!
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel, but you can always modify programs/initiatives to your specific student population.
  • The word count in an email matters—who knew?!? The information I learned in the marketing best practices session was super helpful.
  • Advising Retention and Student Success Programs—see note about collaboration and reinventing the wheel. I hope we can continue to share our ideas through the Academic Advising teams channel about what our units do to support our students in academic difficulty.
  • Academic actions—phraseology matters.

Next Steps

Like many of you, I am gearing up from NFYS/K orientations. While I might be preoccupied supporting these specific student populations, I plan to assess my unit’s academic success module (what’s working/what’s not) along with hopefully creating a communication strategy with my colleagues on outreach to our students. I know I suffer from post-conference energy—I want to do all the things and implement new initiatives within my unit (not sure if that happens to you after a conference). I am easing into it and will refresh a few of our programs for the fall!

Thanks for humoring me on this post!


April 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!

  • Sesan Badejo
    • In April, Sesan thoughtfully reviewed all applications to the Exploration Learning Community — no small task. Overall, Sesan is a phenomenal ambassador of the highest values aspired to in higher education.”
  • Lindsay McGory
    • Lindsay coordinates Business Survey 2, and has done a fantastic job this semester, as always! She is thoughtful and strategic in her planning of the course curriculum and assignments, while also welcoming and incorporating feedback and suggestions from the other instructors and student peer advisors. Lindsay facilitates an environment in and outside of the classroom that enables the course to evolve and grow to meet the needs of our students. Lindsay makes all components of this class enjoyable and rewarding for everyone involved – instructors, peer advisors, and students!”
  • Pete Rex
    • As our Senior Lead Advisor, Pete does an amazing job trying to navigate multiple roles. His promptness and critical thinking serve as a huge asset for the team. EHE is lucky to have a dedicated leader like Pete.”

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!”