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February 2, 2023

Advisor Forum presents February Charlie Award

Submitted by Beth Stuewe

The K-State Advisor Forum announces that Taylor Williams, academic advisor for the human development and family science degree program, has been selected for the February Charlie Award.

Williams was nominated for the award because of her efforts to go above and beyond to meet the needs of her students.

Williams' nominators, Anthony Ferraro, associate professor, and Mindy Markham, interim head of the applied human sciences department, write, "Taylor Williams is the advisor for the human development and family science degree program and also works with students who are minoring in human development and family science as well as philanthropy. She regularly meets with prospective students, current K-State students who are considering changing their major and current human development and family science students. These students have differing needs, and Taylor is able to shift to the different audiences to provide what they need and do so in a timely manner. Whether being an ear for students during tough times or developing comprehensive work plans to ensure students set themselves up well for competitive graduate programs, Taylor is always going above and beyond for our students. Students regularly express their sincere thanks for Taylor, often noting that they 'don't know what they would do without her.'

"During peak advising times, Taylor's schedule gets very full, but she saves space for those students who are interested in changing their major, so they do not have to wait weeks to get an appointment and potentially not be able to enroll in courses they need to be successful. Taylor also co-advises the Human Development and Family Science Student Association. We greatly appreciate Taylor's involvement in this organization as she is able to connect with students in a different way in a more relaxed atmosphere and help contribute to their interests in philanthropy, connecting with one another and professional development.

"Taylor's student-centered approach is admirable and one that benefits our students, faculty and department greatly. We are so appreciative of Taylor's work and her steadfast commitment to our students!"

The Advisor Forum thanks Williams for the work she has done 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.