Zauche earns EMS Academic Advisor of the Year Award

July 23, 2013

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Dr. Tim Zauche

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — Dr. Tim Zauche, University of Wisconsin-Platteville chemistry and renewable energy professor, received the Engineering, Mathematics and Science Academic Advisor of the Year Award.

“Being recognized is very humbling for me,” said Zauche. “I am extremely thankful. So often, professors here at UW-Platteville do so much more than just teaching. There are many other things that we as faculty do. At some larger universities, you will find that the campus hires professional advisors, and the faculty do not worry about advising.”

Zauche is about to begin his 14th year teaching chemistry and renewable energy at UW-Platteville. He currently advises more than 50 students in obtaining a minor in chemistry, pre-chemical engineering, pre-pharmacy, all five different chemistry majors, broadfield science major for teaching, renewable energy minor, and now sustainable and renewable energy systems major. He also served on the Academic Appeals Committee for the last four years.

“My favorite part about advising is the impact you can have on a student. By advising our students we engage with them on a different level and get to know them as a person; where they come from, personal goals and beliefs. We then are not just an advisor, but more so becoming mentors that leave a lasting influence assisting them on getting to the next step.”

He was the faculty advisor to the Alchemist Club for nine years, and during that time the membership increased from six students to 36 students with nearly one-third of all chemistry majors being active in the club. Through organizations such as the Alchemist Club students develop leadership skills when put in charge of specific events such as Girl Scouts Day and Boy Scouts Merit Badge Midway. Zauche has since been able to encourage three other clubs to be active with the Boy Scouts: Pre-Med, Society of Physics Students, and the Renewable Energy Club.

“He has been one of our best advisors. His hard work and personalized approach has tremendously helped our Chemistry students for over a decade and has played an integral role in our Chemistry students choosing successful career paths upon graduation as well,” said Chanaka Mendis, UW-Platteville chemistry professor and chair of the chemistry department.

Zauche is awarded $500, a personal plaque and will be recognized at UW-Platteville’s convocation Aug. 29.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu

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