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August 2, 2022

Advisor Forum presents August Charlie Award

Submitted by Beth Stuewe

The K-State Advisor Forum announces Eve McCulloch, director of undergraduate studies in the Division of Biology, is the recipient of the August Charlie Award.

McCulloch was nominated for this award by her colleagues Carolyn Ferguson, Ari Jumpponen, Kristin Michel, Mark Ungerer and Ruth Welti because of her invaluable contributions to advising, positive student experiences, and student success in the Division of Biology.

The nominators write, "Eve is an exemplary advisor with students' interests truly at the center of her work. Eve directs the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the Division of Biology and advises 200-250 of our majors, including approximately 100 first-year students. In addition to advising responsibilities and meeting regularly with prospective students, Eve also delivers our intro-level Concepts of Biology course, BIOL 101, as well as Biology First Year Orientation, BIOL 100. BIOL 100 is designed for first-semester biology students to provide them with tools for academic success in the biology program, with an average enrollment of around 120 students. Eve is also a highly valuable resource for Division of Biology faculty advisors. The division recently made changes to our curriculum requirements, and Eve has played a critical role in educating our faculty advisors about these modifications. In all, Eve balances an incredible number of responsibilities and does this seemingly effortlessly.

During the fall 2021 semester, a second full-time academic advisor in the Division of Biology accepted a position elsewhere, creating a significant void and requiring a substantial temporary increase in Eve's advising load. Eve stepped up in a major way to keep our Office of Undergraduate Studies afloat until a new full-time advisor could be hired. She continued to be prompt in her responses to faculty inquiries and maintained her role in many division committees, including playing a primary role on the search committee that hired the new advisor. It is simply amazing how Eve has been able to balance her responsibilities in the past several months."

In closing, McCulloch's nominators add, "We feel it is often too infrequent that we recognize the vast responsibilities shouldered by our advisors. We believe that this is the perfect opportunity to make Eve feel that her colleagues understand her value and deeply appreciate her contributions  successful educational experiences for our students, as well as her importance as a resource for faculty who need help with their own undergraduate advising responsibilities."

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

For more information on the Charlie Award or to learn how to nominate someone, please visit the Recognition page on the Office of Student Success website. Nominations are accepted year-round and can be received from anyone across campus. Once a nomination is received, it remains an active nomination for one full year. One award will be given out at the beginning of each month. The Advisor Forum Committee will make the decision and deliver awards.