College Names 2018 Dean's Outstanding Academic Advisors
Please join the College of Arts and Sciences in congratulating Sarah Olzawski and Megan Haley on being named the Dean’s Outstanding Academic Advisers for 2018.
The purpose of this award is to recognize college advisors who have demonstrated the qualities associated with outstanding academic advising. The college values the role of all academic advisors. Each award recipient will receive $500 and have their name inscribed on a plaque in the Academic Services office.
Sarah was nominated by the Department of History and works with History, Native American Studies and Biology. She began advising in the history department in Fall 2016 and immediately established herself as a crucial link between faculty and students. In an effort to communicate with students, she revitalized the history department’s Facebook page and established a Twitter account. She was also asked to serve on the department’s internship committee, which is in its first year. She vigorously promoted the program to students and designed a rubric for assessing and evaluating the success of each internship.
When nominating Sarah for the award, one student wrote “regardless of the time or place, it can always safely be assumed that Sarah’s workday is spent improving the experience of the students with whom she interacts. She is committed to their well-being and does her utmost to ensure that all people who enter our campus feel welcome, appreciated and personally fulfilled. It is my firm belief she epitomizes the spirit of our institution.”
Megan was nominated by the Department of Psychology. Her primary role involves serving as one of three individual academic advisors for nearly 900 undergraduate majors. She has been instrumental in helping the department make decisions about sections and expanding the curriculum to support a wide variety of post-graduate interests. She has also presented to the Psychology Club to share information and guidance regarding how psychology is important in numerous careers. Megan also demonstrates concern for the welfare of her advisees.
In her nomination packet one student wrote of Megan “as a military spouse, my husband’s career has affected the time I have available for college. We move to a new city every three years. When I came to OU, I was completely new to Oklahoma, and I was nervous about changing my degree from nursing to psychology, and Mrs. Haley was so supportive and encouraging. She’s helped guide me towards narrowing down the area of psychology I would love to work in, choosing classes that support that area, and doing everything in her power to see that my previous classes count for credit. She truly understood my drive to complete my degree at OU before my husband was transferred again, and I can’t thank her enough for making it happen. I will finally be able to fulfill my dream of graduating college thanks to all of her help. She may not know this, but I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college. It means more than she will ever know.”