Among her many roles at Le Moyne College, Bea Robinson was an advocate for students and faculty, devoted to her many biology advisees. Bea, as a former colleague and mentor, would be delighted by today’s affirmation of Dr. Theresa Beaty’s excellent advising and her role in students’ success.
Theresa is described by those who work with her as “the brightest unique snowflake among the flurry of faculty advisors.” Her peers observe that her dedication to students far exceeds any expectation, and is unusually effective. Theresa’s advising is the result of her approach: She empowers students to be their own advocates. She is present to her advisees, and accepts their goals as valid. A former advisee said, “She provided an outlet of neutral support and didn’t guide me where she thought I should go, but encouraged me to find my own way.” In this atmosphere of trust, Theresa engages her advisees in honest and forthright conversations. A perceptive listener, she is able to illuminate a source of academic difficulty and help students find their passion. She emphasizes the distinction between intellectual success and academic achievement; any hard-earned grade can be rewarding.
Theresa has formed lasting connections with her advisees in biochemistry, chemistry, biology and physics, and most recently, first-year undeclared science students. Informally, she engages hundreds of individuals from across the College providing advice, along with permissions, as Core director. Like her predecessor, Bea, Theresa is an advocate for students, her decisions guided by what is in the best interest of all students. In the words of a former advisee: “She cares for the whole student, and every student.”
To faculty, staff and administrators, she is an ‘advisor’s advisor,’ helping them navigate the Core and sharing her advising skills with the entire College. Theresa is an extraordinary asset to all students and to Le Moyne College. Her guidance of students toward academic, intellectual and personal development is exceptional and highly deserving of this recognition.