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Happy Monday, team! Nice to chat with many of you on Thursday and look forward to connecting with others at the make-up next week. As the semester wraps up and we transition between the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 advising team, I want to share some updates and appreciations.


As we move into a new year, Anna, Andrew and Sean will be transitioning off the team. This will be their last week with us, so let's send them off with lots of JHU love. Here's where they're going:

  • Anna was recently promoted to Dean of Instruction at her school (congrats!) and as she takes on greater responsibilities at work and wraps things up with her graduating advisees here, the time feels right for her to take a break from advising.
  • Andrew is headed back into the classroom, as he shared in the Google Group, and is looking forward to more time with his family.
  • Sean and his wife are expecting while also in the midst of moving and working on Definitely an exciting time for them, full of new adventures and good things to come.

Anna, Andrew & Sean: Thank you for all your work with your advisees this year! I know they are grateful, and I am grateful. We will miss you, and wish you only the best in what's to come.


You all are truly incredible, and I feel honored each day to get to work with you. Here are a few of the reasons why.

Amanda - Your organization, timeliness and patience are inspiring. I'm so thankful you were with the TNTP group this year to help with all the ups and downs and can't thank you enough for your flexibility and all your hard work.

Andrew - Your focus on efficiency, consistency and integrity was so helpful. There were lots of places where items might have been missed if not for your careful eye and quick follow up.

Ann - I can't think of a better person to support the Baltimore first year group this year. Your warm, welcoming demeanor and community focused approach have laid the foundation for a strong experience for this group and both the region and I are thankful.

Anna - Can't believe your cohort is already graduating! Your "meet them where they are" and help them from there approach to relationship building paid off in many situations and has undoubtedly helped develop stronger teachers.

Austin - You are a true lifesaver! Can't thank you enough for jumping into arguably one of the toughest cohorts for their final semester of the program. Given all they had been through, you were a breath of fresh air and handled the complicated situations like a pro. Look forward to seeing what you do with a fresh start.

Beth - Your thoughtfulness, expertise and focus on effectiveness are inspiring. I know your advisees appreciate your support and are especially grateful for the perspective you can add to their programming.

Bill - The original Smore expert! Thanks for jumping in head first and trying many different strategies to connect with students. Eager to see where year two takes us.

Brent - I rarely think about the CT group as I know you've got it on lock and will reach out if needed. It's so comforting to know they have your support and clear from all feedback that they think you're as incredible as I do.

Melissa - The spring folks sure do know how to keep us all on our toes, and I have been so impressed watching how you support them. Your organization, quick follow up and perspective building approach are just what is needed and your retention rate is evidence of that.

Matthew - Your consistency, organization and thoughtfulness exemplify the traits of a no-nonsense nurturer, and it's clear your advisees feel the love in combination with the clear expectations. This is a hard balance to find and I'm grateful for your example.

Riyaz - Your Bitmojis in combination with the clarity with which you share details ensure your students feel supported and connected to you at the same time. I know they appreciate your responsiveness and quick follow up.

Robyn - I love how connected I still feel to you even though we're 1,000 miles apart. Regional advising is a tricky thing, especially in a place as spread out as HI, but you've handled it well. Your focus on continuously increasing effectiveness and building deeper connections with students is paying off in incredible ways for their own development and that of their students.

Sara - Follow up extraordinaire! I can't stress how grateful I am for all your work. You keep me and your advisees on our toes and make sure everyone has what they need, when they need it. I'm always impressed by how easy you make it all look and how well you know your students and I know what deep trust they have in you because of that.

Sean - It's been fun to watch you try new strategies for connecting with folks and to see how deeply you care about the development of each of your advisees. I know they appreciated the texts and time for conversation you made for them.


1. End of semester survey - This is the final week of the survey. Email reminders went out today, but please include the information in any congrats/end of semester correspondence you are sending. Link:

2. Timesheets - Thanks to everyone for getting them in on time and learning the new process so quickly. Keep in touch with questions as needed.

Quick Hits

  • Timesheets: One item of note is that if you have zero hours to report for a week, please still send an email to me letting me know that you won't be submitting hours. This way I will know not to badger you for the spreadsheet.
  • Make- Up Training: May 16th. Please reference the email for logistics.
  • End of Semester Survey: Please keep pushing your folks to take it.
  • 2016 Returning advisors: If you receive emails from incoming 2016 cohort students, please forward them to me and I'll respond. You should not be responding until June 1st.
  • Summer electives: If you are getting email about courses filling up, please remember the following: If an elective is closed and has a waitlist, the waitlist option will pop up in ISIS. If nothing pops up, it means no waitlist exists. We are not allowed to have them email the professors as that puts the professors in a tight spot. Therefore, if a course is full, I would recommend they find another one or wait for a future semester.
  • Portfolio policies overview: Make sure you are familiar with all the policies and dates in this overview as it will help you help students currently in or joining portfolio this fall.
  • Portfolio related Fs: The registrar has agreed to not dismiss folks based solely on portfolio; the students will just be put on probation. This means if you have a student that was on the line (had 2 Cs; one F and 1 C; one F or was on probation) and they failed portfolio, it will not cause dismissal. It will put them on probation however and they will only get one more shot at portfolio. If you have students in this boat that you do see get dismissed, please let me know ASAP.
  • Summer portfolio students: Advisors with students in the summer portfolio, please bookmark this link. It is a link to a Google document where students certify they have completed a portfolio section and it is ready for their coaches review. This will be the easiest way for us to track student progress in portfolio if we have questions. It should allow you to be able to check in on how your advisees are doing in terms of punctuality and keeping up with the schedule.

Upcoming Events

2016 Make-Up Advisor Training

Monday, May 16th, 7:30pm

This is an online event.

Only folks that missed the call on 5/5.

· Join the webex:

· Dial into the line at (712) 770-4010 x281470

JHU SOE Graduation

Wednesday, May 18th, 9am

201 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD

Summer registration closes

Tuesday, May 31st, 9pm

This is an online event.

JHU SOE Destination Graduation

Saturday, June 4th, 12pm

3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard

Las Vegas, NV