APAC

The Association of Professional Advisers and Counselors (APAC)

Adviser Appreciations

Chanira Reang Sperry

I so appreciate Chanira's devotion to her students and to supporting her fellow advisers. Chanira is a patient listener and gives great advice! I know first hand. Thanks Chanira!

College of the Environment Student Services Team

I am so grateful to have such a fantastic bunch to work with! Thank you so much for all the fabulous support to ESS while I was on leave.

Nathan Briley, Lars Gilmour & Dana Hanse

I couldn't have asked for a better team to cover for me while on leave and beyond! I never worried about thw "shop" while I was gone for 5 months! Thank you!

Michelle Townsend

Thanks for always being my "go-to" for my weird questions!! You are so knowledgeable!

Sarah Garner

It has been fabulous working with you on APAC the last two years! Thank you so much for your support and picking up the slack for me these past couple quarters! Additionally thanks for being available to bounce ideas off of and for alwaya being around to help me out of a tight spot!

Patrick Pineda and Leah Panganiban

I would have sent many a nonsensical email or document without Leah or Patrick to proof it for me! Thanks for always being willing to take a look at my compositions and help me better craft them.

2012-13 APAC Board

You rocked this year! I loved working with you all. Thanks for a great year and looking forward to the amazing things you do next year!

Noell Bernard Kingsley

Thanks for being a great resource, wonderful listener and de facto career adviser. Your wisdom and friendship are always appreciated!

Patsy Wosepka

Thank you for your advice and insight! I appreciate your perspective and guidance always!

Dan Feetham

Thanks for your tireless enthusiasm for working with undergrads! Your energy, humor and knowledge are a tremendous asset to STEM students on this campus!

Heather Spence

Even though the advising under 30 club has long since passed us by, I'm glad to still be able to call you a colleague and a friend.

Alex Llapitan

Welcome to the UW advising community! You're doing a great job!!

APAC Exec Board

Keep on rocking it!

Norma

OMA&D

Mahalo for your energy and effort in keeping us connected to campus wide conversations and opportunities.

--Appreciated by Val Espania

Noelle Bernard-Kingsley

ESS

Thanks for being an awesome APAC co-chair this year! It has been wonderful working with you.

--Appreciated by Sarah Garner

Gitana Garofalo

Biostatistics

Gitana shows so much compassion for her students and strives to keep improving in everything she does. I appreciate how much she values diversity and that she takes steps to incorporate this into her work.

--Appreciated by Sarah Garner

Jenifer Pesicka and Dana Hansen

CSE and ESS

Thank you to Jenifer and Dana for taking on the coordination of SAM Link. I am so happy to see it continuing and serving as a resource for Science and Math advisers.

--Appreciated by Sarah Garner

Catherine Provost

Physics

Catherine is an incredible adviser that cares passionately about her job. She constantly goes above and beyond to help students in times of need. I am inspired by her passion for her work and dedication to students.

--Appreciated by Sarah Garner

Tory Brundage

School of Public Health

Stealing Tory away from Admissions was the best decision ever! He has picked up so much in his first year of advising and has been such a great addition to the School of Public Health team.

--Appreciated by Susan Inman

UW/CC Conference Committee

campus-wide

To the team that organized the 25th Annual UW/CC Conference: Ellen Azose, Joyce Fagel, Ahna Kotila, Megan McConnell, Donna Sharpe, Michelle Trudeau, and Carlos Williams. Fantastic work!

--Appreciated by Patsy Wosepka

Leah Panganiban

UAA

Thank you for connecting me to so many folks around campus. I appreciate your dedication to the advising profession and am grateful for your warm welcome!

--Appreciated by Julie Larsen

Jennifer Tsai

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Jennifer Tsai is constantly going above and beyond the call of duty for our students. She helps them get what they need and really cares about each and every one. The students are always telling me that she is the best advisor on campus, and I agree.

--Appreciated by Sheila Prusa

Felicia Ishino-Amen

Department of Communication

I appreciate Felicia's grace and respect in how she refers undergraduates interested in our graduate programs to me, advising them to do their research first. This makes it a pleasure to meet with these students when they come to me prepared with specific questions about the graduate programs in our department. Thanks, Felicia!

--Appreciated by Heather N. Werckle

Patrick Pineda

Economics

Patrick is always willing to go above and beyond to help his students succeed. It is a pleasure working with him and we are so fortunate to have Patrick in our advising office!

--Appreciated by Ahna Kotila

Ann Vu Loveridge

TRIO SSS - OMA&D

Thank you for leading our advising team in the right direction. You continue to make our program look great!

--Appreciated by Kristian Wiles

Joyce Fagel and Donna Sharpe

UAA Advising

Thanks for being such great teammates on the Community College/University of Washington Advising Conference. I love working with you both!

--Appreciated by MEGAN MCCONNELL

Robert Rhodes

Office of the Registrar

Robert is always an ally for advisers and students, helping us to understand policies, to know when there is the possibility for exceptions, and his judgment is always so solid. You are a valued colleague, Robert!

--Appreciated by MEGAN MCCONNELL

David Sundine

Admissions

David is such a huge resource for me in the Admissions office, I just want to acknowledge how wonderful it is to have his help and good humor

--Appreciated by MEGAN MCCONNELL

Brenda Larson

Electrical Engineering

I love Brenda's demeanor with students. She is so calm and positive even when talking to students in the most challenging situations! Thank you Brenda for working me through the tough ones:)

--Appreciated by STEPHANIE LYNN SWANSON

SAMLink

Science & Math

Thank you to everyone in the Science and Math (SAM) Link! Our monthly meetings are wonderful, informative and rich with discussions. We are very lucky to have such wonderful colleagues!

--Appreciated by SARAH MICHELLE GARNER

Samantha Scherer

Atmospheric Sciences

Sam is amazing! Sam is dedicated to students and shows a true understanding for both undergraduate and graduate advising. It has been a pleasure to work with Sam on the SAMLink and hear all of the wonderful work she has done in Atmospheric Sciences.

--Appreciated by SARAH MICHELLE GARNER

Noell Bernard-Kingsley

ESS

Noell has always made herself available for providing both excellent student support and support of her colleagues. I appreciate her keen insight, sense of humor and compassion. Thanks Noell!

--Appreciated by SARAH MICHELLE GARNER

Suki Kwon

Evening Degree and Educational Outreach

Suki, always with a positive and supportive word, quietly slips in and makes a partnership work magically. Her business sense made her the perfect match for APAC's banker. With style and grace, I'll always appreciate your help!

--Appreciated by CHERYL L. HUMMEL-SCHLUGER

Lisa Murakami

Office of Student Services

Lisa is a kind and thoughtful soul who has led the APAC Board thoughtfully and gracefully. She's a dedicated adviser with extra passion for both her career and her family. Simply stated, Thank you Lisa!

--Appreciated by CHERYL L. HUMMEL-SCHLUGER

Dalia Correa

American Ethnic Studies

Dalia joined American Ethnic Studies as Undergraduate Advisor in September 2008. Having worked in other units on campus and as a UW alum she had some familiarity with the University but acknowledged that she had lots to learn. True to her word, she has come to know our major, the University, students and faculty well. She has formed excellent working relationships with her counter parts and has taken a keen interest in knowing the students and going through their files to see where they are to keep them on track for graduation. She has learned to direct them to the various resources and is always ready to help them reach their goals. Her quiet demeanor contradicts the consummate professional that she is and she has become an invaluable addition to our department.

--Appreciated by ANGELIC HERNANDEZ-CORDERO

Rika Kurose

Bioengineering

Rika is a hard worker who is also extremely efficient and technology savvy! Though she has only been in her position a short time, she is knowledgeable about many aspects of her job (curriculum, Graduate recruitment, and Undergraduate advising) in addition to being a pleasure to work with every day!

--Appreciated by DORIAN VARGA

CoENV Student Services Team

College of the Environment

I so appreciate the group of friendly, dynamic, creative, team-oriented, student-centered, environmentally conscious, and generally fun group of student services professionals in the College of the Environment! Thanks for being such great resources to me as I learned (and continue to learn!) about the College, and for making life in the College so much fun!

--Appreciated by NOELL BERNARD

Mary Tillotson

OMAD

Mary is always kind, patient, positive, and insightful--and I so appreciate her attitude, uplifting tone and conversation, and her obvious love for students. I always come away from a conversation with Mary feeling refreshed, happy, and enlighted. Mary--thank you for being...you.

--Appreciated by NOELL BERNARD

Amy Fox, Andrea Griggs, Cheryl Hummel-Schluger, Suki Kwon, & Lisa Murikami

UAA Advising, SSS-Stem, GARS, Evening Degree, Education

Thanks AMY, ANDREA, CHERYL, SUKI, and LISA for all of your hard work for the last two years on the APAC board! You all have done so much, and created so many positive opportunities to support UW advisers and counselors across campus! As a newbie, I so appreciate your guidance and leadership this year!

--Appreciated by NOELL BERNARD

Chanira Reang Sperry

UAA Advising

Thank you Chanira, for presenting with me recently! If it had been just me, the presentation would not have been as pretty, rich, or educational! I'm so grateful to have had such an insightful presentation partner!

--Appreciated by NOELL BERNARD

Sarah Garner

Astronomy

I am so lucky to be able to work closely with Sarah on many things! She has been an amazing resource to me as I learned the "graduate advising" ropes! It's been a pleasure to work with her on the APAC board, as well as in SAMLink. Sarah provides excellent, organized leadership for us in a number of ways, and I'm so grateful to have her as a colleague!

--Appreciated by NOELL BERNARD

Nathan Briley

ESS

Nathan is an amazing colleague and I am so lucky to work with him! Nathan--thank you for always being so willing to help, for answering any questions I have, and for covering for me when I cannot meet my obligations! And thank you for training me to do my job a year and a half ago as well!! =)

--Appreciated by NOELL BERNARD

Bryan Crockett

FYP

As a departmental adviser in a small unit, I am so grateful for the efforts of Bryan and FYP in facilitating our campus New Student Orientation--as well as working with us to better serve our groups of prospective students! I know it must be a nightmare to try to arrange that many presentations, meals, advisers, students, room reservations, programs, parents, etc! Thank you for being someone who can keep all this organized and run the show!

--Appreciated by NOELL BERNARD

Caroline Calvillo

UWT Advising Center

Caroline's perspectives and advice were extremely valuable, allowing me to better serve students, faculty and staff while working together at UWT. Caroline truly cares about the students she serves and goes above and beyond to make sure her students have the correct information so they can move forward towards their academic goals. Caroline is a very supportive team player, who cares for the wellbeing of her team-mates. Her supportive and caring attitude greatly, and positively, affects those around her. She is a creative problem-solver and also supports the ideas of colleagues, propelling the structure of our advising forward.

--Appreciated by NOELL BERNARD

APAC Executive Board

APAC

I appreciate the hard work and flexibility this year of everyone on the APAC Board! There were many of us multi-tasking a variety of roles in our own offices, but managing to make it to meetings and planning our year and trying to creatively think about what advisers and professional on campus are looking for! To Amy, Andrea, Cheryl and Suki - thanks for a great two years, and to Noell and Sarah, I wish you the best of luck for the coming year!

--Appreciated by LISA MURAKAMI

Noell Bernard & Sarah Garner

ESS & Astronomy

Noell and Sarah came on to the APAC Board as our two new board members and truly hit the ground running! Through your efforts in communications, you made APAC's presence more noticeable via Facebook and put out great event invitations and kept the website up to date! Thank you so much for your contributions as the newbies this year and what a wonderful year you helped to make it!

--Appreciated by LISA MURAKAMI

Megan McConnell

UAA

I have enjoyed our collaborations this year and getting to know you a bit better - and blown away by your ability to organize, prioritize and keep it all running smoothly! I would love a drink of THAT potion, when you decide to share!

--Appreciated by LISA MURAKAMI

Emily Batlan

Educational Outreach

I appreciate Emily's ability to always make me feel welcome - from my first APAC event, you were the first to welcome me, and you still do. I feel that you give me logic and humor, and I am sure that many of your students feel the same as you advise them.

--Appreciated by LISA MURAKAMI

Clay Schwenn

UAA

Clay - a "go-to" person for me - and always with a smile and an unexpected laugh - it is always appreciated, along with the advice!

--Appreciated by LISA MURAKAMI

Joe Kobayashi

Program on the Environment

I really appreciate Joe's genuine enthusiasm for what he is doing. I always enjoy seeing him, and hearing what he has to say in meetings - he is one of my "go-to people."

--Appreciated by LISA MURAKAMI

Mel Wensel

English

Mel has been a wonderful resource for me in emergency "How do I do this?" calls, as well as in more personal "Do you have a minute - right now?" visits. Thanks for the advice, Mel!

--Appreciated by LISA MURAKAMI

Patsy Wosepka

UAA

Patsy has been a wonderful resource for me from Day One on this campus, helping me navigate waters both rough and calm. I REALLY appreciate all of our coffee meetings and the time spent- so much more than I can say! Thank You!

--Appreciated by LISA MURAKAMI

Mel Wensel

English

Mel does amazing work with students, who look up to her and come in to talk with her about their intellectual trajectories, their plans, and their career aspirations. She is someone who is very inspiring: students develop more confidence in themselves and in the English Studies discipline after spending time with her, and her speech at our new majors orientation each quarter is a real hit: students tell us again and again how motivating she is to listen to. She is also a crackerjack supervisor for the English Advising Office, and surely the best boss around. Her skills are myriad and legendary. Largely because of Mel, the entire department faculty views us as colleagues and incorporates us into departmental policy making, valuing the perspectives and experience we can bring. She has made this a truly team-oriented endeavor. And she's a lot of fun!

--Appreciated by KIMBERLY SWAYZE

Nancy Sisko

English

We are very lucky to have Nancy on our staff in English Advising. She brings so much intellectual content to our office and our work owing to her own PhD in the discipline and her many years of teaching and advising students in the Robinson Center for Early Scholars. She is the perfect person to manage our honors program; she works hard with honors students to give them a solid academic orientation to the program when they apply, and continues to work with them personally as they progress through the seminars and approach their theses. On top of all of her advising work, she also writes and edits the English Department newsletter, which has improved exponentially since she took over the task two years ago. She is brilliant, warm, and fun, and the students, along with her colleagues here in English Advising, adore her.

--Appreciated by KIMBERLY SWAYZE

Bridget Norquist

English

Bridget is not only an amazing advisor who is beloved by students, but she also manages all of the English Department's study abroad programs -- all of this while working at .75 FTE on a 9-month appointment. She is graceful in everything she does, even when the work becomes very stressful, multiple deadlines are approaching, and she is working with groups of students and faculty who have very different perspectives and goals. She has the patience of a saint and goes out of her way to anticipate student needs and assist students over the bumps in the road, whether they are dealing with social adjustments, academic struggles, or exciting plans such as applying to honors or applying to graduate school. Her advice is sound and 100 per cent accurate. On our annual senior surveys, students praise her to the skies. She is a fabulous, supportive colleague, and I can't imagine our office without her.

--Appreciated by KIMBERLY SWAYZE

Patsy Wosepka

UAA Advising

Despite her busy duties directing UAA Advising, Patsy consistently offers thoughtful advice and enthusiastic encouragement to the Adviser Education Program board. Thank you, Patsy!

--Appreciated by TAYLOR JOESEPH SMITH

Jo-Nathan Thomas

OMA&D

Thanks for your help on all sorts of AEP and CC/UW Advising Conference projects this year, Jo-Nathan. Your enthusiasm and willingness to help are so much appreciated by me!

--Appreciated by TAYLOR JOESEPH SMITH

Maria Tovar Hopper

Mechanical Engineering

Maria has spent the year working on the AEP board as the only graduate student adviser, and I appreciate her diligent efforts to remind the rest of us to think broadly about who is an "adviser" on this campus. Thank you, Maria!

--Appreciated by TAYLOR JOESEPH SMITH

Amy Fox

UAA Advising

Amy has a wonderful way of working with students and she has taught me so much. Thank you, Amy!

--Appreciated by TAYLOR JOESEPH SMITH

Raven Avery

CSE

Raven steps up to help on campus-wide initiatives, contributes great ideas, and always thinks about the students. It's been great working with you on AEP and the CC/UW Advising Conference!

--Appreciated by TAYLOR JOESEPH SMITH

Patrick Pineda

Economics

Thank you, Patrick, for doing such a bang-up job of organizing the Rick Bonus workshop, "How Do My Students See Me?" on behalf of the Adviser Education Program. Your leadership was impressive!

--Appreciated by TAYLOR JOESEPH SMITH

Joe Kobayashi

Program on the Environment

Joe is a thoughtful collaborator who always goes the extra mile to make everything he does really top quality. I have so appreciated working with him on the Adviser Education Program board!

--Appreciated by TAYLOR JOESEPH SMITH

Mariko Navin

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mariko is a tremendous source of encouragment for me. No matter how busy she is, if she seems I'm overwhelmed, she doesn't hesitate to offer assistance or encouragement. One of the things I appreciate most about Mariko is how much she cares for the students. She not only gives them practical academic and career advice, but she considers it a responsibility to also teach them things like professionalism and respect for others. She goes above and beyond to serve the students. It's a pleasure to work with her.

--Appreciated by LORNA M. LATAL

Jeanny Mai

Psychology

Jeanny's detailed job knowledge, her sense of humor, and her continuing willingness to mentor other GPAs makes her an outstanding colleague.

--Appreciated by ELAINE M. HAIG

Val Espania

OMA&D Counseling Services

Thank you, Val, for being such a fantastic colleague. I'm learning a lot from you.

--Appreciated by PATSY WOSEPKA

UAA Advising Staff

UAA

Thank you all for taking on anything and everything that comes your way! It's a pleasure to work with such a great team.

--Appreciated by PATSY WOSEPKA

Carrie Perrin, Vicky Hansen

Psychology

I want to express a huge thank you to my colleagues, Carrie Perrin and Vicky Hansen. They are running the psychology advising office with two advisers, rather than 3, while I am on maternity leave. I know it will be a very intense time for them and I am extremely grateful for their support. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing advising team!

--Appreciated by TRACY L MASCHMAN

Julie Martenson

Math

I've worked with Julie for over 20 years and she has been rocksteady in her dedication to helping students and other advisers. Her kindness and patience is greatly appreciated.

--Appreciated by MARGARET M. NIMS

Elaine Solomon

Foster School of Business

I can always count on Elaine. She goes the distance for everyone with such kindness, promptness and professionalism. It's delightful to work with her toward providing a quality and successfull experience for each student.

--Appreciated by CHERYL L. HUMMEL-SCHLUGER

Megan McConnell

UAA Advising

Megan's happy and professional nature are catchy whether in a meeting or presenting an AEP event. When I know that we'll be attending the same meeting my smile gets just a little bit bigger because it will definitely be fun even though a lot of work has been put into making the meeting go smoothly.

--Appreciated by CHERYL L. HUMMEL-SCHLUGER