2017 Advisor Awards Announcement

The Division of Undergraduate Studies and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) are happy to announce the winners of the 2017 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards. Advisors from 28 departments across campus were represented and the committee was impressed by the variety of ways students are being advised, supported, mentored and encouraged at UO.

Please join us in celebrating the 2017 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards winners:

Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Hayden Harker, Department of Mathematics

Outstanding Professional Advisor:  Ethan Mapes, Office of International Affairs

The award recipients will be celebrated during a reception and brunch on Thursday, June 1 from 8:30-10:00am in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge. We hope you’ll attend and help us recognize the extraordinary work underway, all across campus, in the name of our students’ success. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 25. RSVP at https://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dm8yKDYJsCfo9H7.


Welcome Back and Pilot Announcement

Welcome back, Advisors!

I hope you enjoyed a restful spring break and have a wonderful start of the term!

As you know, last fall we launched several initiatives to support UO’s student success goals, of which many of the initiatives were in consultation and collaboration with campus advisors. One such initiative was to develop an “Advising Syllabus” and an “Academic Advising Preparatory Worksheet” for use with all students who are in their first year at the University of Oregon. This term, the Office of Academic Advising, as well as advisors in Business, Education Studies, and General Social Science departments will be piloting the syllabus and worksheet.

Both documents are designed to help students better understand how campus advisors can help them advance their goals, as well as to help connect students to the multitude of available campus opportunities and resources. We also hope these documents can support advisors by outlining expectations for students and by encouraging students to more effectively utilize advising sessions by preparing in advance.

These documents will be available in hardcopy in the piloting units’ offices, and the documents will also be linked and accessible on the student menu of DuckWeb.  Since you will likely encounter students who have been advised in the units piloting the syllabus, we wanted to ensure you were aware of this plan and its intent.  For your reference, the (downloadable) University of Oregon Advising Syllabus Spring includes the pilot syllabus and worksheet.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the pilot, please don’t hesitate to contact Dana Glasscock (dglassco@uoregon.edu), who is assisting with the pilot implementation and assessment.


All the best,

Doneka R. Scott, PharmD, MA

Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Peer Advising Manager – Open Position – Application Due 4/3/2017

The University of Oregon Career Center seeks a team-oriented professional to lead the Career Center Peer Advising program.
The Peer Advising Manager manages a group of student peer career advisors to support the work of full-time, professional career advising and counseling staff and designs, develops, and delivers all aspects of the Career Center peer advising program; designs a successful drop-in advising model, and performs drop-in advising services to remain current with advising practices. This position also oversees and manages all front desk operations of the Center, becomes an expert in center’s database management tool (Duck Connect) and manages the Center’s stewardship of the UO Guest Recruiting Policy currently under review. 
For more information and application instructions, please visit the University of Oregon Careers Page at:  http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/job/519906/peer-advising-manager. To receive full consideration, application materials must be received by 5:00PM PST 4/3/2017.

Kate Werdebaugh, Associate Director, HR & Administration
Career Center, Division of Student Life
University of Oregon
1408 University Street/220 Hendricks Hall, Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1200

Upcoming Student Opportunities

International Student Career Night is tonight, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm

At International Student Career Night you will get important networking experience with real professionals and hear from international alumni!  Start planning your search for a summer internship, post-program work, or other professional pursuits at this event!

Registration is required and spots are limited: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cvbGMLhhxtPzIUd

Dress code is business casual: Please see here for examples.

Please be prepared to network with professionals, learn from a panel of alumni and professionals, and come hungry as we will be providing food and refreshments.

We are excited to see you at the second annual International National Student Career Night!
Bart Kassel, ISCA Manager & Career Adviser
Career Center, Division of Student Life
University of Oregon
1408 University Street/220 Hendricks Hall, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1200

p: 541-346-6301
e: bkassel@uoregon.edu

w: career.uoregon.edu

Study Abroad or Interning Abroad – Summer, Fall, or Academic Year 2017-2018 Scholarship Opportunities

I wanted to make sure you are aware of the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. It is a great scholarship that is awarded to over 2,300 students each year who are studying abroad and are currently receiving the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid. The Gilman scholarship is up to $5,000 (or up to $8,000 for those studying a critical need language while abroad.

The application deadline is: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by 9:59 PM Pacific Time (11:59 PM Central Time). 

ELIGIBILITY:• Undergraduate students

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Planning to study abroad in summer 2017, fall 2017, or academic year 2017-2018
  • Receiving a Pell Grant or provide proof of receiving a Pell Grant during the term of study abroad/internship abroad

More information about eligibility and the application process can be found on the Gilman website at: www.iie.org/GILMAN

We have an upcoming Gilman workshop covering application tips on:

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Condon 301

There is also an upcoming webinar on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST: Meet Gilman Alumni

In addition, our scholarships advisor Chin Yi Chen (chinyic@uoregon.edu) and I are available to meet with students to review essays, answer questions, and discuss the application process. Putting together a competitive application for Gilman takes a few rounds of revisions, and our team of advisors can help students with this process. Students can call the Office of International Affairs at 541-346-3207 to set up an advising appointment, or email me at any time with questions.


Alexa Marzocca

Study Abroad Programs Assistant

Study Abroad Scholarships Assistant

Global Education Oregon

333 Oregon Hall

5209 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-5209

(541) 346-3207


Regional (NACADA Region 8) Award Announcements

The ACAA’s 2016 Outstanding Faculty Advisor award winner – Dr. Alisa Freedman, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Film Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, wins the NACADA Region 8, Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor Award for 2016/17!

We are thrilled that Dr. Freedman was recognized among a strong pool of regional peers for her unflagging enthusiasm for advising undergraduate students, as well as her innovative efforts to develop opportunities for mentorship that have expanded the advising environment well beyond traditional boundaries. The award further reinforces Dr. Freedman’s approaches as exemplary, and sets a high bar for the upcoming 2017 ACAA advising award nominees. Please congratulate Dr. Freedman on her noteworthy accomplishments!

Moreover, Rachel Allen, Assistant Director of Student Services in the School of Journalism and Communication, won the NACADA Region 8, Excellence in Advising – Outstanding Professional Academic Advisor Award for 2016! Please congratulate Rachel on her admirable award!


Advising Awards Announcement

The Division of Undergraduate Studies and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) are happy to announce the winners of the 2016 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards.  The awards committee received close to 200 nominations and 51 applications for review.  Applicants came from thirty different departments and clearly demonstrated the high quality, caring and creative undergraduate advising and mentoring happening at the University of Oregon. Please join us in celebrating the 2016 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards winners:

Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alisa Freedman, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences

Outstanding Professional Advisor: Miranda Atkinson, Undergraduate Advising, School of Journalism & Communication

The award recipients will be celebrated during a reception and brunch on Wednesday, May 25th, from 8:30-10:00am in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge. We hope you’ll attend and help us recognize the incredible advising and mentoring being done all across campus every day!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 17th RSVP to awards reception.

ACAA Accepting nominations for committee positions

ACAA is currently accepting nominations for committee positions.  As a leader in the advising community, we encourage you to nominate yourself and/or your amazing colleagues for an open committee position. Brief descriptions of committee duties and time commitments are below. To nominate, please email Rachel Allen (rallen@uoregon.edu) with the name of the person you would like to nominate by Thursday, April 30.

All nominated members will be notified and given the opportunity to withdraw their names before the voting process begins. After nominations are collected, the formal voting process will occur through an online survey of the membership. Selected committee members will serve for one term (two years) starting this summer.

Open Committee Positions:

Executive Committee (3 open positions): The Executive Committee serves as the ACAA leadership team. They are responsible for strategic planning and advancement of the Association. Additionally, the Executive Committee maintains communication between standing committees and relays information to the membership. Executive Committee members create additional programming opportunities, attend two professional development sessions per term, and organize one business meeting per term. Time commitment is approximately 12 hours per term.

Professional Development Committee (3 open positions): The Professional Development Committee organizes two professional development opportunities for ACAA members each term. They are responsible for contacting potential speakers, making room reservations, and sending out announcements to the listserv. Time commitment is approximately 7 hours per term.

Awards Committee (2 open positions): The Awards Committee coordinates the Excellence in Advising Awards that recognize one outstanding faculty and one outstanding professional advisor each year. This involves coordinating the nomination and application process, promoting the awards program and winners, organizing and serving on the awards review committee, and planning the awards reception. In the fall and summer, the time commitment is minimal, and in the winter and spring, it is more substantial. The work is evenly divided among the committee members to accommodate scheduling conflicts and other responsibilities.

New Advisor Mentoring Committee (2 open positions): The New Advisor Mentoring Committee develops programming to mentor and support new UO advisors. They are responsible for mentorship pairing, recruitment, and hosting gatherings for mentorship matches. Time commitment is approximately 5 hours per term.

Technology Committee (1 open position): This is a newly formed committee. The Technology committee will be responsible for content and layout of the ACAA website (acaa.uoregon.edu). Time commitment is approximately 5 hours per term.

For questions, please feel free to contact Rachel Allen (rallen@uoregon.edu)

UO Excellence in Advising Awards

The Division of Undergraduate Studies and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) invite nominations for the annual University of Oregon Excellence in Advising Awards. One outstanding faculty advisor and one outstanding professional advisor will each receive a $2,000 award, generously provided by The Division of Undergraduate Studies. The recipients who best exhibit the qualities associated with excellent advising will be recognized at an awards brunch on Thursday, May 28.Faculty, students, staff, and officers of administration are welcome to nominate faculty and professional advisors who exemplify excellence in advising and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Outstanding Professional Advisor: Any professional whose job dictates that the majority of his/her responsibilities are in advising.
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Any appointed tenure track, non-tenure track, or adjunct faculty member who mentors or advises undergraduate students in addition to significant teaching and research responsibilities.

The definition of excellence in advising can be viewed here:http://acaa.uoregon.edu/awards/definition-of-excellence-in-advising/

Nomination Process: Please nominate advisors by completing the nomination form on the ACAA website: http://acaa.uoregon.edu/awards/

Nominations are due Friday, March 13.

Nominees will be notified by e-mail and given the opportunity to submit an application for the Excellence in Advising Award. The application will include the following:

  • A brief statement addressing how the nominee exemplifies excellence in advising
  • At least one letter of recommendation

A review committee comprised of faculty members, professional advisors, and university administrators will select the recipients. Please forward this e-mail to colleagues who may be interested in applying or submitting a nomination(s).

Last year, Dr. Josh Snodgrass, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor award. Kim Rambo-Reinitz, Assistant Director for Academic Advising in the Lundquist College of Business, received the Outstanding Professional Advisor award.

Please contact advisingawards@uoregon.edu with questions