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Staff Spotlight – Beth Barnes

Staff Spotlight – Beth Barnes

Full Name: Beth Barnes

  • Title: Academic Advisor
  • Department: Student Services
  • Number of Years at OU Chillicothe: 10
  • Degrees/University/Dates: B.S.Ed., December 1990, Ohio University; AAS, Human Service Technology, June 1987, Ohio University Chillicothe
  • Greatest Accomplishment(s): I think my greatest life accomplishment is raising my two daughters to be strong, independent women.   

Q. What do you think is the most important aspect of your role as an Academic Advisor? Why?

I think the most important aspect of academic advising is listening to my students and supporting them as they make informed decisions. Students are in control of their education, but sometimes they need additional support and encouragement.

Q. What does your typical day look like? (Post-COVID)

There is no typical day as an Academic Advisor!  Currently, I work on campus on Mondays and Tuesdays and remotely the rest of the week. My workday depends on where we are in the academic calendar.  I spend my days meeting with potential students, current students, answering emails and attending meetings. This fall I have hosted several Zoom meetings for potential students.

Q. What is one piece of advice that you would give to incoming students?

Never be afraid to ask for help!  We are all here for our students and I hope students always feel comfortable coming to me for assistance.

Q. What are some of your favorite hobbies or interests?

My favorite hobby is reading. I have always had a love of reading and losing myself in a good book. I also enjoy visiting historical places and Disney World!

Q. What is your favorite book/movie/TV show? Why?

It is hard to pick a favorite book. My fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Roth, read the Little House on the Prairie series to us and was a big influence on my love of reading. Most recently I completed the Harry Potter series for the fifth time.

Q. How would your co-workers describe your approach to student recruitment and advising?

I decided to ask a co-worker this question and here is her answer: Martha Tanedo - I would say Beth's approach to student recruitment and advising starts with listening and asking questions she genuinely cares to know about. She tailors her interactions based on students' goals and also provides comprehensive information so students are equipped to make good choices and decisions.