May 2, 2014
By Christine Shaw
Hannah Nissen, associate professor of early childhood education at Ohio University Zanesville, was honored with the 2014 Chapman/Clapp Outstanding Advisor Award.
The Chapman/Clapp Outstanding Advisor Award was created in honor of Laura Chapman, University College's assistant dean for student services, and Lora Clapp, University College's assistant dean for first-year programs.
David Descutner, University College dean and associate provost for undergraduate studies established the endowed, University-wide award to celebrate Chapman and Clapp's 50 collective years of caring, student-centered advising. Descutner and the University College recognize the importance of advising in a student's academic career. Through shared responsibility and engagement, strong student-advisor relationships ensure academic success.
Descutner seeks to recognize the important role faculty play for students, not only as academic advisors, but as mentors who introduce students to the richness of university life and thereby help lead them to successful, satisfying lives. Nissen’s nominator, Sheida Shirvani, academic division coordinator at Ohio University Zanesville, stated, “Hannah goes above and beyond her duties to advise students, meeting and guiding them with patience and understanding.”
Along with Nissen, Phyllis Lanier of the Lancaster Campus was recognized in addition to Angela Lash, Greg Nadon and Miram Shadis, all of the Athens Campus of Ohio University. The recipients were honored with a plaque and a stipend to be utilized for professional development.