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“Advisor Appreciation” week encourages students to give thanks to their professors | The Gustavian Weekly

By Parker Lindberg - Staff Writer | November 15, 2019 | News

Spring course registration opened this week, which can be a stressful time for many students. However, having an academic advisor can make the process easier. Students looking to show their appreciation for their academic advisor will have the opportunity later in November, thanks to the Academic Support Center.

The Academic Support Center, located in Anderson Hall, is a resource for students that supports their academic success and provides accommodations for students while at Gustavus. One of the ways in which they do this is by supporting the academic advising program, where each student must choose a faculty member in their department to advise and support them in their academic career. Advisors provide academic support and knowledge for their advisees and help students plan for their future.

Later this month, the Academic Support Center will be coordinating an effort called “Advisor Appreciation” week. On Nov. 19, 20, and 21, members of the ASC will be tabling outside of the Evelyn Young Dining Hall, where students can stop by from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to write a personalized note to a faculty member that has been influential to them. The note will then be sent to their P.O. box. Though termed “Advisor Appreciation,” letters can be sent to any Gustavus faculty or staff member that has been a good resource for them during their time at Gustavus.

The event is coordinated by Faith Emovon David, a student employee in the Academic Support Center, and Tom McHugh, director of the Academic Support Center.

“[The effort is a] really simple way to show your gratitude for someone,” David said.

The process is easy and non-time consuming for students. Though it did not happen last year, the event is meant to be an annual occurrence.

“We know that excellent advising can have a very positive impact on a student’s Gustavus experience,” McHugh said.

“We also know that advising, while fulfilling and rewarding work, is not always recognized as much as it should be. We’re intentionally holding this event in November while students are registering for January and Spring Semester in order to recognize the time and effort that faculty members are investing in advising this time of year.”

Whether or not students celebrate Thanksgiving, it is good to show your appreciation for someone and a letter is a thoughtful way to do that. In this way, David says the effort is inclusive of all individuals.

“My advisor has been one of my biggest supporters throughout college,” Senior Hannah Deyo said.

“She’s done everything from helping me figure out courses for upcoming semesters to supporting me in academic petitions and helping me with internships and future plans. I honestly don’t know how I’d survive without Patty English,” Deyo said.

All students are encouraged to stop by a tabling session and write a note to a faculty member of their choice. More information on Advisor Appreciation can be found through the Academic Support Center.

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