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May 23, 2002

UW-RF Cites Three For Student Advising

Three faculty members in the UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences have been named as the first recipients for a new award that recognizes dedication to student advising.

Receiving the Award for Outstanding Advising are: Professor Bradley Caskey for psychology and the social sciences; Professor E. Katherine Miller, for biology, sciences and mathematics; and Professor J. Michael Roy, for music, the arts and humanities.

Dean Gorden Hedahl said the award was instituted to recognize the importance of advising to ensure that students make timely and reliable progress toward earning their degrees, obtaining internships, and finding employment after they graduate.

A Dean's Student Advisory Committee, comprised of a student representative from each of the major programs in the College, that meets regularly reported very positive experiences with faculty and wanted a way to recognize those who had provided significant help.

Hedahl adopted a recommendation to have students nominate faculty, with students from outside of the disciplinary areas evaluating the nominations. This spring, some 50 students submitted nominations.

Psychology department Chair Brad Caskey was cited in the category for psychology and social sciences.

Among the student comments were: "Dr. Caskey has always been available to me with great advice and has gone to bat for me on confusing issues. He takes an active role in his students' academic lives and has an encouraging style."

Another student wrote, "Dr. Caskey is an outstanding adviser, and always has been, particularly because he is one who never stops advising. Even though I have graduated, we are still in contact; he has helped me to prepare and plan for graduate school. . . I would not have accomplished any of this with out the work of my "advisor," Dr. Caskey."

A member of the faculty since 1990, Caskey is the department's life-span developmental psychologist. He teaches courses in general psychology, psychology of sex differences, child & adolescent development, the exceptional child and adulthood and aging.

Caskey was previously recognized with the University's highest award when he was named Distinguished Teacher in 1997. He was named the Outstanding Faculty Member in the College in 1996.

Biology Professor Kathy Miller was recognized in the division for biology, sciences and mathematics.

Among the student comments were: "She has been a huge asset to me throughout my college career. She has always answered all of my questions promptly and given me tips on how to graduate on time. Dr. Miller also has almost 100 advisees and she has always take the time to meet with me and has never cut me short regardless of how many others she has had to help. My college experience would not have been the same with out her."

Another student wrote: "Dr. Miller has been a wonderful mentor, listener, and motivator. She listens to what I tell her and always has great advice. Dr. Miller is an amazing adviser who manages to squeeze 36 hours into a 24-hour day. She is well-deserving of the "Outstanding Advisor" Award."

Miller joined the faculty in 1994 and specializes in biotechnology. She teaches courses in introduction to biology, general biology, cell biology, histology, molecular biology, applications in molecular biology, biological Greek and Latin, and senior colloquium. In 2000 she was recognized with the College's Outstanding Faculty Award.

Music department Chair Michael Roy was selected in the division for music, arts and the humanities.

Students whom nominated him commented: "Professor Roy repeatedly goes above and beyond when working with students. He truly cares about each student and works to help each person on an individual basis. Whenever I have MORE ADVISER - PAGE 4 had a problem or needed something done to help with my degree, he has worked hard to help me achieve my goal. He is a fine example of the caring faculty at UW-River Falls."

Another student wrote: "He has been extremely helpful to me. He completely and thoroughly answers any questions that I have, and he always goes out of his way to assist me. Thanks to Mr. Roy I am always well-informed about what I need to do and he keeps me on track with my major."

Added another: "Professor Roy is an outstanding advisor who directly affects future musicians and music educators."

A member of the faculty since 1980, Roy specializes in theory, composition, and orchestration. He has composed and arranged over 80 works that are published and performed around the world. In addition, for the past 15 years he has served as music director for the St. Croix Summer Theatre and the University Theatre. He is a frequent performer as a percussionist with such organizations as the Minnesota Opera and the Plymouth Orchestra. -30-

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