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2022 Award Winners

2022 Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising

Helene Goetz
University Studies & Scholarship Support

“I want my students to always know I celebrate their diversity, embrace their individuality, and appreciate their gifts. We are in this together. I am their biggest ally and supporter, but they are responsible and accountable for the path they choose. I do not make their decisions for them. I’m a guide, their travel agent. They tell me where they want to go and together, we will figure out the best path for success.”

2022 Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising

Holly Belcher
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

“I am here to help, to listen without judgement, to empathize, to offer my time and resources, and to be a steadfast support system through one’s next step into adulthood. I strive to never make my advisees feel rushed, unheard, overlooked, or misunderstood. Doing so, in any other developmental phase of life would simply be viewed as a form of neglect, which can potentially put at risk one’s overall growth and well-being.”

2022 Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising

Holly Matusovich
Engineering Education

“Quality advising for graduate students is a passion of mine. I see graduate student advising as the most critical aspect of graduate student success and I aim to make a difference on small and large scales through my own research and practice. It has been rewarding to see my graduate students thrive in their post-dissertation experiences and I have really appreciated how many of them stay engaged with my research group and connect with me on a regular basis.”