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August 5, 2020

Advisor Forum presents August Charlie Award

Submitted by Beth Stuewe

The K-State Advisor Forum announces Courtney Hoffman, online program advisor for K-State Polytechnic, as the recipient of the August Charlie Award.

Kirsten Zoller, director of professional education and outreach at the Polytechnic campus, nominated Hoffman for this award because of the work that she does for her students and her colleagues on the Polytechnic campus.

Hoffman sets a great example for primary role advising and provides great support for her students. 

"Student success is always at the front of Courtney's mind," Zoller said. "She advocates for her students and ensures that they are supported in achieving their goals. During planning meetings, working with instructors, or when exploring process improvements, Courtney always asks how this will impact students and if it is in their best interest. She can always be counted on to be the voice for the students. Courtney also excels at building a friendly, professional and supportive relationship with her advisees. She gets to know her students, understanding the best way to contact them, what their motivation is for being enrolled at K-State, and how being a student fits into their other roles and obligations. This enables her to be responsive and caring when working with students, but also challenge them when appropriate."

In addition to her work as a primary role advisor, Hoffman also stepped up during the transition to remote work to help her on-campus colleagues. Using skills she had obtained through her online advising experience, she helped to make sure her on-campus colleagues also excelled in the online environment.

"Courtney has excelled as a professional advisor for online Polytechnic programs," Zoller adds. "She exemplifies what a successful advisor should do and be and is most deserving to be recognized for her contributions to student success at K-State."

The Advisor Forum thanks Hoffman for the work she has done for students and congratulates her on this award.

As a reminder, to nominate someone for the Charlie Award, fill out the short online form. Once your nomination is complete, it will remain an active nomination for one full academic year. Nominations can be completed at any time and can be submitted by anyone on campus. One award will be given out at the beginning of each month. The Advisor Forum Committee will make the decision and deliver awards.