Dr. Lisa Bollman, academic advisor in the Department of Communication, is the 2018 recipient of the Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award.
Bollman received the honor named for the longtime executive secretary April 26 at the Outstanding Staff Awards in the Thomas and Elizabeth Brady Engineering Innovation Center.The award is presented annually to an individual whose work defines the core values of the University in Hymore’s spirit of support, encouragement and service.
“Lisa Bollman works with 350 Department of Communication students to ensure all students are scheduled in the appropriate courses, doing well in their classes by following up on any issues, and acting as more than an academic advisor by listening to their woes as well as successes during their college career. And she does all of this with a smile on her face and a good word for all the students who walk through her door or call her on the phone,” one nominator wrote.
“I will often hear a student thank her profusely for her assistance and direction, saying they walked in confused and left with a clear goal in mind for college as well as beyond. Without Lisa’s unfailing efforts, many of our students would not be successful in college.”
Bollman joined the University staff in 1996. Bollman joined the University staff in 1996. A UT alumna, she received a bachelor of arts degree in communications and Spanish in 1994 and a doctor of philosophy degree in 2009.
“Lisa is directly responsible for working with Department of Communication students to ensure retention and graduation. Lisa meets the students where they are, often traveling to other venues to assist and ensure students are registered in the necessary classes they need,” a nominator noted.
“Lisa will often see students through her lunch hour, or see students when they don’t have an appointment to make sure every student is properly served. Lisa will work on Saturdays to attend Rocket Launch or Experience Days, giving up time with her family to ensure students have all the necessary details to make informed decisions about their college career.”