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UCUAADA Member of the Month Nominees


December 2103

Erin Alanson

Erin Alanson, an Assistant Director and Academic Advisor for the University Honors Program, skillfully coordinated 8 instructors offering 14 sections of the Gateway to University Honors seminar this fall. Informed by pedagogy, Erin redesigned the course with careful attention to student feedback and intentional focus on our learning outcomes. Her leadership in aligning the FYE curriculum for our program is invaluable. Erin has also built partnerships with DAAP and CCM, whose students she serves as an advisor. This academic year, Erin is providing leadership for and engaging students in intensive experiential learning opportunities including the 6-day LeaderShape Institute and our alternative Spring Break program, Workfest, in which students explore rural Appalachian culture and build or rehab homes for underserved residents. Throughout 2013, Erin presented at both national and local conferences, including ACPA, NACADA, UC's Annual Student Leadership Conference, and the UC Advising Conference. Erin is creative, collaborative, and a highly valued member of our team.


October, 2013

Kim McGinnis

Kim was a great advocate for the LCB PACE Leaders. She always heard what the student had to say and was able to communicate on their behalf. She is patient with every person knowing that their story is different than the one before.

Thank you for being a part in the implementation of the PACE Program!


Alison Wright

Alison has truly been the best advisor I have ever had. She is so friendly and genuinely cares about how I am doing in school. When I see her around Lindner College of Business, she always says hi and has a smile on her face. When I switched majors to LCB, she sat down with me and helped me create a plan to graduate on time and gave me the confidence I needed to succeed. Here I am a year later and now I am on track to graduate and taking courses I love. Without her, I certainly would have been lost and still would be unsure about what I should do with my career. Her reassurance and guidance has definitely not gone unnoticed. Thanks Alison, you're the best!


Ginger Clark

Professor Clark is one of the best professors that I have had at the University of Cincinnati. She goes out of her way to help her students enabling them to achieve their full potential. And her positive attitude while teaching is always uplifting.


Pierre James

Professor James is always helpful when I need to know what direction to go in for school. As a first year, getting adjusted to college can be hard. Professor James is always around for advise and support. Above all else, Professor James is a very kind and knowledgable person.

Great teacher, very encouraging and thorough. Is always open to discussion and helping students.


September, 2013

Doe Gavin

Doe invites, coordinates and confirms over 80 university-wide guests every semester to present to Discovering UC, a course for openly exploring freshmen to learn about all the majors, programs and services UC offers. She coordinates two sections of Discovering UC spring semester. These guests range from UC's vice provost for undergraduate affairs to vice presidents to deans to professors to program directors to advisors to former exploratory students now in their "best fit" majors to graduate students and everyone in between! One can only imagine (I try hard not to!) how many email tag games her inbox is hosting at any given time every semester. And she does it all with a "smile in her tone" to benefit openly exploring students at UC.


James Gaffney

James is one of the most caring and thorough advisors I know. He consistently works on behalf of students to make sure that they have the necessary tools and information to pursue their academic and extra-curricular interests. He creates a safe environment for students to share thoughts, ideas, and issues that may arise as they move throughout their education. Beyond advising appointments, James works effortlessly to create programming for students so they may engage in opportunities to learn more about themselves and learn about various health care careers. He’s a true advocate for students and therefore I would like to submit his name to be the first receipt of the UCUAADA Advisor of the Month.


Jessica King

Jessica was recently promoted to Senior Assistant Director/Academic Advisor for the University Honors Program. Jessica coordinates many our advising policies and procedures and consistently looks at the BIG picture to make sure that our actions aligns with our mission and vision. In addition to her advising responsibilities, she teaches "Into to Community Engagement" where she challenges students to learn about Cincinnati and break down stereotypes. She infuses concepts of power, privilege and social justice in her class. Jessica consistently goes the extra mile to carefully craft materials to use with our students and she is always challenging our staff to read new literature and reference best practices when developing materials and/or ways to interact with our students.