The 2013 WALSAA Outstanding Advisor Award goes to Mary Smith, advisor for the Institute for Biology Education.
Biology is the largest major at UW–Madison—and most biology majors are with CALS. Mary currently has a caseload of 592 Biology students, and she advises students in Molecular Biology and Biological Aspects of Conservation in L&S as well.
Known for her skills in organization, Mary helped pilot the WiscCal Scheduling Assistant, allowing students to schedule appointments online. She was also an early implementer of the Advisor Notes System.
Though Mary advises a large number of students, she takes the time to provide a personal advising experience. She goes above and beyond to make herself available to students and goes out of her way to make them aware of opportunities outside of the classroom.
In addition to Mary’s availability, knowledge and professionalism, she is friendly and has a great sense of humor. Her kindness makes people feel better just by talking to her.
Mary is a dedicated advisor who not only helps students, but helps her peer advisors do their jobs well.