Bise And Krimmel Receive Excellence In Advising Awards

The 2001 Excellence in Advising Awards will be presented to Christopher J. Bise and Sharon W. Krimmel.

The award acknowledges excellence in advising, academic and career guidance and assistance to students in decision-making and goal setting.

Centennial professor of mining engineering, Bise began his career at Penn State as a research assistant 27 years ago.  In addition to his responsibilities as professor in charge of the Mining Engineering and Industrial Health and Safety programs, Bise is an advisor for the Schreyer Honors College and advisor to the Penn State Mining Society.

Bise’s 5-point approach to undergraduate advising follows these rules: be accessible, be knowledgeable of academic policies and issues, encourage students to be“professionals” in training, maintain close ties with your field, and never forget what it felt like to be an undergraduate with an unresolved problem.

Students praise his personal involvement, recognizing him for the time he spends outside of the classroom to help their development, and respecting him for his knowledge and experience in his field, which they find invaluable when discussing career opportunities.

Bise says he has always considered his responsibilities for advising to be as important, if not more important, than his teaching responsibilities. "A superb instructor may affect a student in, at most, a handful of classes, but a superb advisor can affect a person for a lifetime,” he adds.

Krimmel, an instructor and advisor in the College of Health and Human Development for 14 years, and Coordinator of the Kinesiology Advising Center, is ultimately responsible for advising about 1000 students.

Krimmel credits technology for helping her do her job more efficiently, yet still maintain a personal touch. She says the emergence of e-mail and the Internet has made communication and information sharing simple, but that the face-to-face contact she has with students is irreplaceable.

Her colleagues admire her advocacy for undergraduate students and her creative contributions to the College’s undergraduate advising center. Students and parents value her patience, involvement, and willingness to go that extra mile.

“Advising is teaching,” says Krimmel.“Just as teaching has its’ goals to impart knowledge, stimulate critical thinking and encourage inquiry; advising also strives to fulfill these same goals.” She says teaching/advising is also empowering students with the necessary tools to make informed decisions.