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OVPI honors three outstanding academic advisers

Kathy Cohen

The 2014 Outstanding Advisor Awards was presented April 7 to Frank Flanders, a faculty member in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Kathy Cohen, an academic adviser in the Terry College of Business; and Rose Tahash, an academic adviser in the College of Environment and Design, during the Faculty Recognition Banquet.

Presented by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction each spring, the award recognizes three outstanding UGA academic advisers—one faculty member, one staff member and one new adviser.

In his three years as an adviser, Flanders has demonstrated efforts to support his philosophy that advising should be a collaborative endeavor between the student and the adviser. Additionally, he often takes time to work with interested high school students who contact him with questions, and he has given a conference presentation on advising.

Cohen was chosen as the staff recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award for her impact on students well past their college experience. With 16 years of advising experience—12 in the Terry College and four in the College of Education—Cohen successfully balances the roles of mentor and friend, garnering much admiration from her students. Many alumni have attributed their success in life and business to Cohen, who has the ability to teach students how to discover their dreams and aspirations while encouraging them to believe in themselves in the process.

Tahash has garnered recognition in her college as someone who genuinely cares about students. Tahash has gone the extra mile by creating undergraduate advisory events, like “Milk and Cookies” for finals week, revamping the scholarship program to simplify the awards process and creating an ambassador program to recruit more students into the program. She also assists students who need extra encouragement and works to keep them motivated.