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April 07, 2014 : OUL Advisor Gets University College Chapman/Clapp Advising Award
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster Student Support Advisor Phyllis Lanier was recently selected by the University College Dean and the University Academic Advising Council to receive a 2014 Chapman/Clapp Award for Excellence in Advising.
“I was truly humbled to find out I had received the award,” said Lanier. “It is a great honor.”
Lanier has worked at Ohio University for 22 years and has spent the last 10 years as an academic advisor.  In the advising role, she works with students who are undecided or are facing challenges while pursuing a degree.
“Anytime students find themselves in difficulty, whether it is their academics or personal life, I try to assist them,” said Lanier. “We look at how we can help them get out of that. I let them know of the resources available on campus.  Are they utilizing the Learning Resource Center?  Have they spoken to their faculty member? Many times they are not aware of what is available to them. So, I work with students and hopefully make them feel comfortable in sharing any difficulties.   I try to be sure that students are directed to the resources or offices that they need.”
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 established the endowed, university-wide award to celebrate Chapman and Clapp's 50 collective years of caring, student-centered advising. Lanier was nominated by Laura Chapman herself. Chapman said the following in her nomination of Lanier:
“Working in a regional campus student services office means wearing many hats, and Phyllis Lanier is no exception. As an advisor to undecided students and students on academic probation at OUL, Phyllis understands not only the processes of advising, registration and choosing a major, but must also assist her students with the many other details of pursuing an education and becoming a successful student. She works tirelessly to help the wide variety of students she comes in contact with each day, taking time to get to know each and every one and to understand their lives, their challenges and their goals. Because her position calls on her to do so many things, Phyllis understands the University, its programs, policies and procedures intricately and helps students understand and navigate the institution and go on to achieve success.”
Lanier attended the University College Honors Ceremony in Athens on Wednesday, April 2 to accept the award. Lanier received a plaque and a $500 award for professional development.