|"Miss Julie Fischer
delivers caring service by participating in residence hall programs, serving as adviser
to the UT chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa,
engaging all 300-plus of her students in their short- and long-term goals and academic
needs, increasing retention efforts by
having seminars and forums, visiting classes to ensure maximum contact with students,
meeting with nontraditional students and
student-athletes after hours and on weekends, and assisting the co-op and placement
office with students requiring extra
attention," wrote one nominator. "During her first 45 days on the job, she created
a Chemical Engineering Student Handbook since
many students may be embarrassed or not think to ask some simple questions."
"To be a good adviser, I feel you have to be able to really listen, relate and openly discuss issues with students," Fischer said. "My number one priority is to provide exceptional service to the students and aid in the overall development of the undergraduate and graduate student populations. I truly enjoy and love working with students and being able to provide them with encouragement and support. We have some really outstanding students at UT, and I feel a strong sense of pride and fulfillment working with them each day to achieve their goals."
Fischer has held her current position since 1998. She will graduate in August with a master of education degree from UT.
|Dr. Martin Ritchie|
|Dr. Martin Ritchie joined the University as an
associate professor of counselor and human services education and coordinator of the
School Counseling Program in 1987. He
received tenure in 1989 and was promoted to professor of counseling and mental health
services in 1991.
"One of Dr. Ritchie's best attributes is his desire to see people be successful. As a student, he makes you feel that you are competent and can be successful. He treats everyone I have ever seen him interact with in a respectful manner. He is very genuine. He is empathetic and at times sympathetic to the needs of his students," wrote one nominator. "Another important aspect of Dr. Ritchie is his sense of humor. Though at times I have been frustrated and tired, he always comes back with a humorous or whimsical story or anecdote that makes you laugh and continue on."
"I believe that every advisee presents a unique package of abilities, potentials, limitations and challenges. I strive to respect each person, as they are, by recognizing their diversity of experiences and backgrounds," Ritchie said. "I believe that what separates successful and unsuccessful graduate students has less to do with ability than with encouragement. Encouragement involves empowering them to utilize their resources, both personal and familial, to give them the courage to face the challenges."