Past Award Recipients

The Advising Awards selection committee would like to congratulate our current and past advising award recipients.

2020 Recipients

Outstanding Academic Advisor

Ryan Ferrante
Department of Political Science

"Ryan's interactions with both advisors and students are an integral part of the student success on the WSU campus. He is a thoughtful, intentional and caring advisor and a leader within the advising community. Wayne State University is very fortunate to have him."
Amanda Horwitz, Academic Advisor

"In all of my time at WSU, Ryan was the consummate advisor. He was supportive, reliable, and helpful every step of the way. His support truly gave me the confidence to pursue my interests, follow my passions, and find a home at WSU.  With his guidance, I was able to chart an academic path that allowed me to accomplish my goals and succeed in developing my post-grad career."
- Stuart Baum, BPA '20 and Student Senate President, 2018-2020

Outstanding New Academic Advisors

Harman Singh
Department of Psychology

"Harman's service record is second to none in advising, but he is also the consummate professional advisor. He has a great rapport with his students and colleagues alike... What Harman has accomplished in just his first two years of advising is something that most, if any, advisors have never achieved in that same period of time."
- Ryan Ferrante, Department of Political Science

"I know I can depend on him and go to him with any issues or questions I may have, no matter what the subject is. If he cannot answer the question, he will go out of his way to find the answer for me or guide me to the right person who can answer my question. As an advisor, it is important to have these qualities, but Mr. Singh on the other hand goes beyond that. He is kind and caring, and truly wants the best for his students."
- Student recommendation

Shawntae Mintline
College of Education

"Shawntae's dedication to academic advising, and education in general, is fueled by her extreme passion for inclusivity, equity, and commitment to social justice. Those around her are inspired by her community outreach efforts and her focus on advocating for those without a voice. This sense of duty seems to propel her in all areas of the life, and permeates within her work with students. There is no better person on their side than Shawntae."
- Cassie Tackett and Fawne Allosssery, College of Education 

"I would be lost without Shawntae! She has helped make my educational experience so much better, and helps me understand every step that I need to take. I am very grateful for her, and her patience."
- Student recommendation


Outstanding Advising Team

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Science Advising Team:
Moira Fracassa
Robert Hellar
Jessica Pfeiffer
Shauna Reevers

I am honored to supervise this dynamic group of advising professionals who bring a wealth of experience, energy, and compassion to the advising community at Wayne State University...They are not only highly productive and respectful colleagues with complementary skills and abilities, they have become academic sisters and brother who thoroughly enjoy working together and value each other's company."
-Dr. Mary Clark, Assistant Dean, EACPHS


Transfer Advising Champion

Joyce Lien
Engineering Technology, College of Engineering

"Joyce is a consistent supporter and champion of transfer students, and an excellent role model for others. Her support of Transfer students extends beyond the main campus and is apparent to everyone that works with her that she enjoys supporting students and advocating for their success."
- Michael Quattro, WSU Transfer Student Success Center

Past Recipients

2019 Awardees
Outstanding Academic Advisor - Amanda Horwitz, Pre-med & Health Science Center
Outstanding New Academic Advisor - Erin Wiseman, College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts
Outstanding Advising Team - Dept. of Biological Sciences Advising Team
Advising Spirit Award - Laura Hetzler, Pre-med & Health Science Center

University Advising Center