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Mary Fox Earns 2010 Outstanding Advisor Award

Her enthusiasm and advocacy for students helped the biology and environmental studies advisor earn the Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Advisor Award.

Date: 7/23/2010
By: Kim Burdett
Phone: (513) 556-8577
Mary Fox, a faculty advisor for the Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental Studies program in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2010 recipient of the Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Advisor Award.

The award is given annually to an advising staff member by the University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Academic Advising Association (UCUAADA) and represents excellence in student advising.

Mary Fox (right) is one of two recipients of the 2010 Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Advisor Award. Also pictured is Denise Gabrelski of the Pre-Professional Advising Center.
Mary Fox (right) is one of two recipients of the 2010 Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Advisor Award. Also pictured is Denise Gabrelski of the Pre-Professional Advising Center.

“I was very thrilled and honored,” says Fox. “I work with many of the college/university advisors and they all do a tremendous job, so it made me feel wonderful to be selected as outstanding from such a great group of people.”

As both a professor and advisor, Fox says the goal of both jobs is to help the students.

“As a faculty member, I felt that my most important job is to ensure that my students receive the best education possible; as an advisor I also need to do my best to help students reach their goal of a college degree,” Fox says.

She adds, “We have great students in biology and environmental studies, and it’s a real pleasure to work with them.”

And they love working with Fox as well. Many students praise her open-door policy and rapid responses to email inquiries.

In one nomination letter, a student writes, “I love just going in and getting to talk to her about all the possibilities that lie ahead of me during my junior and senior years. She encourages me to do my best, and to make the most out of my college experience while doing it.”

She continues, “Mary deserves to be recognized for all of the hard work and dedication she puts into making sure all of her advisees are on the path to earning their degrees in the most beneficial way.”

Another student credits Fox for helping her get through college.

“I will be forever grateful to Mary Fox for encouraging me to pursue a degree in biology and for giving me the warm welcome to the program,” she states. “Despite changing my major, I will be graduating on time in June with a double major in biology and neuroscience, and I know that in part I owe my success to Mary Fox. I would like to thank Mary Fox for the hard work she does for her students and the encouragement that she gives; she truly impacts her students’ lives.”

The Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Advising Award is named in memory of late DAAP academic advisor Sarah Barber. The award recognizes individuals who believe in advocacy for all students, support for fellow advisors, and creativity and optimism for the job.

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