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Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year

The Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year Award recognizes individual achievement in advising by a full-time faculty member. Members of Steel Ring make the selection based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated concern for students’ academic progress;
  • Familiarity with administrative, university, and departmental advising policies; and
  • Availability to students and recognized ability to positively impact their education.

Advising students entails a variety of activities: selecting courses, answering career questions, directing students to appropriate offices on campus, presenting a listening ear, mentoring them in their chosen discipline, and many times serving as an advisor for student organizations.

Current Recipient

Julie ThorntonJulie Thornton, CS, 2017

This year’s recipient is Julie Thornton, instructor in the department of computer science. 

  • Thornton joined the computer science department in 2005.
  • As an undergraduate student, Thornton was a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as a graduate student.
  • She received the Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year award in 2010. 

Comments from a student:

  • "I believe Julie Thornton should be the 2016-17 Advisor of the Year because she goes the extra mile to make sure students are on track and cares for students. She always makes herself available to students whether it is in person or by email. She is a great listener when a student is stressed about graduating or their class schedule. She provides information and resources when needed, and is very knowledgeable about anything I have ever had questions on. She is incredibly approachable and makes students feel comfortable when meeting with her. She is very kind, fair and intelligent. On top of being a fantastic advisor, she is a great teacher, as well as course coordinator. She does all these things with ease and does a great job at them simultaneously. She is open to feedback, easy to talk to, and responds promptly to any and all questions.”

Past Recipients

Malgorzata J. Rys, IMSE, 2016
Chris Ahern, ARE/CNS, 2015
Mustaque Hossain, CE, 2014
Ronaldo Maghirang, BAE, 2013
Garth Thompson, MNE, 2012
Ray Buyle, ARE/CNS, 2011
Julie A. Thornton, CIS, 2010
Todd Easton, IMSE, 2009
Kimberly Douglas-Mankin, IMSE, 2008
Julia A. Keen, ARE/CNS, 2007
Sutton F. Stephens, ARE/CNS, 2006
Larry A. Glasgow, CHE, 2005
Tom D. Logan, ARE/CNS, 2004
Charles L. Burton, ARE/CNS, 2003
Michael N. Hafling, ARE/CNS, 2002
David A. Pacey, MNE, 2001
Ray E. Hightower, Asst. Dean for Student Services, 2000
Malgorzata J. Rys, IMSE, 1999
Mark D. Schrock, BAE, 1998
Charles L. Burton, ARE/CNS, 1997
Prasanta K. Kalita, BAE, 1996
Kuo-Kuang Hu, CE, 1995
Do Sup Chung, BAE, 1994
David A. Pacey, ET, 1993
Bradley A. Kramer, IE, 1992
Medhat M. Morcos, EECE, 1991
Paul R. McCright, IE, 1990
J. Kenneth Shultis, MNE, 1989
Larry E. Erickson, CHE, 1988
Frederick J. Hoppe, ET, 1987
Merrill E. Blackman, CNS, 1986
Robert E. Crank, ME, 1985
Gale E. Simons, NE, 1984
Muthuraj Vaithianathan, IE, 1983
John C. Matthews, CHE, 1982
James K. Koelliker, CE, 1981