Excellence in Advising Award

Robert Van Saun, professor of veterinary science, has been selected to receive the Ag Alumni Society’s 2013 Excellence in Academic Advising Award. The award recognizes overall effectiveness in student advising, individual student goal-setting and career planning, and personal counseling.

Robert Van Saun receives the Excellence in Academic Advising Award.

An adviser for veterinary and biomedical sciences majors, during any given semester Van Saun advises as many as 25 undergraduates. This past year, he advised nine Schreyer Honors College students, overseeing their thesis studies. Van Saun, who has worked at the University for 13 years, also is the faculty co-adviser to the nationally recognized and award-winning Pre-Vet Club.

Known for his counsel, candor, and commitment to his advisees, Van Saun has a genuine concern for the well-being of students, according to senior Ian Keiser.

“His compassion has led me to become the student I am today,” Keiser said. “His knowledge of policies, programs, and courses is impressive and has benefited me and proved critical to my success.”

One of Van Saun’s current advisees and a Schreyer Honors College student, Kira Hydock, explained how Van Saun’s approach to advising has helped her become a better person.

“Soon after my freshman year, he dissipated all of my fears and cleared up all of my questions and concerns,” she said. “He also has a way of knowing where a student’s potential lies, and he has pushed me to achieve my potential—even when I did not believe 
I could accomplish it.”

Jeff Mulhollem