Month: June 2012
Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month
||University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
||Dr. Ivy Bohnlein
|On-Campus Population: 4000
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|Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination|
Dr. Ivy Bohnlein was an exceptional addition to the faculty at
UW-Eau Claire when she joined us last fall and her commitment to
students has been readily apparent from the very first day here. This
past month she worked in a variety of ways with upperclassmen honors
students to welcome in our incoming class for this fall.
The first way that Dr. Bohnlein did this was in providing support
and guidance to our new group of Honors Envoys, a group of returning
students in our Honors Living Learning Community who correspond with the
freshman in next year's community to ease the transition to college.
Dr. Bohnlein was instrumental in creating this program a few months ago
and her support for it throughout this past month has been a great help
to both the Envoys in the program, and the incoming freshman that they
mentor. Her support has enabled the Envoys not just to hone their
leadership skills but to hone them over the summer, an impressive feat
for any educator.
Dr. Bohnlein also ran the orientation session for the freshman
coming into the Honors program here at UWEC in the fall. She worked
with three upperclassmen students to explain what the Honors program is,
answer questions about both the Honors Program and the University, and
help students register for classes.
Anyone who has gone to college can tell you what a stressful time
the summer before college is. As an incoming freshman there are so many
questions, concerns, and stressful moments because absolutely everything
is so new. Over the course of our orientation, I watched as Dr.
Bohnlein worked with students to alleviate these concerns, helping both
students and parents get ready for move-in day in the fall. Her efforts
have helped both these students, and, through the Honors Envoys, many
other incoming students as well. These efforts have better enabled our
incoming class of freshman to register for classes and start to focus on
the things they need to do academically when they arrive here in the
fall. She has begun to enable the scholarship of a whole group of
freshman before they even arrive, getting their college career off to
the right start and helping them to jump right in to life at UWEC.
Of course, Dr. Bohnlein has not allowed the efforts of the
upperclassmen helping her to go unrecognized. She regularly and
genuinely thanked her three Honors Student Orientation Advisors and even
brought them cupcakes on the final day of orientation.
This month Dr. Bohnlein has enabled the scholarship and leadership
of a fairly large number of UWEC students and then recognized the
efforts her students were making. She has served as a guide and mentor
to upperclassmen and as a resource and advisor to incoming freshman.
She has been an essential part of the process of welcoming students to
our university and has made a significant impact on the lives of
students here at UWEC.|
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