ACADAOS Holiday Gatherings 2021

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Hello ACADAOS Community!

ACADAOS is hosting TWO options for holiday gathering this year, one virtual and one in-person.  Attendance at both is encouraged if your schedule and preferences allow for it.

  • The in-person gathering is Wednesday, Dec 15 from 11:30am-1pm in 285/289 SAS on the Columbus campus.  Bring your own lunch but we plan to provide drinks and light snacks.
  • The virtual gathering is Tuesday, Dec 14 at 4pm on Zoom.

While full details will be sent in early December, we ask that you complete this very quick RSVP on Qualtrics with your likelihood of attending either event as this will help the Outreach and Engagement team with planning.  “Might attend” is an option if you cannot commit yet so please respond sooner rather than later, and by Dec 8 at the latest.

Thank you for all that you do!

The ACADAOS Outreach and Engagement Committee

Leslie Dowler, co-chair
Kris Wethington, co-chair
Brad Burton
Brandon Hines


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!”

Blane Harding – NACADA Academic Advising Workshop

The Academic Advising Association of The Ohio State University and The Office of Student Academic Success (Transition and Academic Growth) have partnered to host a workshop facilitated by the National Academic Advising Association on Tuesday, September 28th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST on Zoom.

Blane Harding is the former Director of Diversity Engagement for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech University and currently serves as a national consultant. He also served as the Director of Advising, Recruitment, and Retention for the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2017-2020 as well as the Director of The Cultural Center at the University of Nevada Reno from 2015-2017. He retired from Colorado State University, after 24 years of service, in 2012 where he served as the Director of Advising, Recruitment, and Retention for the College of Liberal Arts as well as a professor in the Ethnic Studies Department. Mr. Harding served as a retention faculty member with the Council for Opportunity in Education which oversees the national TRIO programs as well as a faculty member, for 16 years, and past Chair of the Summer Institute Advisory Board for the National Academic Advising Association and Chair of their Multicultural Concerns Commission. In 2018 he was recognized as the Leading Light Award Winner presented to a NACADA member in recognition of significant contributions to diversity within NACADA.

Topics for workshop:

  • Difference between cultural competence/effectiveness and cultural humanity
  • Relationship between power, influence, and privilege
  • Unconscious bias related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Advising as teaching
  • Difference between equity and equality and impacts on retention
  • Identifying barriers that hinder student and advisor success

Worksheets for the workshop will be provided leading up to the meeting for those who register. We hope to see you there!

Registration is required for the workshop. Please see registration link below: