With bittersweet emotions the School of Anthropology bids farewell today to Ann Samuelson, Senior Academic Advisor for the SoA, American Indian Studies, and Judaic Studies, who is retiring. Although Ann has struggled with the decision to leave a job and students that she loves and cares so much about, in her retirement she will be able to devote more attention to the pursuit of some of her other passions. We will miss Ann and have not yet faced the reality of what our lives will be like without her and her steadfast commitment to and advocacy for students and anthropology.
Advising with Distinction
Ann has worked at the University of Arizona for 21 and a half years. She arrived in 1999 to work as Program Coordinator at The Center for Low Power Electronics, a small research center within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. This NSF-supported Center focused on developing batteries to run lowered power electronics. Fortunately for us, in November 2006 Ann took a position in the then Department of Anthropology as Academic Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator. She held both positions until 2012 when the position was split and Ann became a full-time Academic Advisor for the SoA. In 2015, Ann advised for the Middle Eastern and North African Studies department for a year and started working with two additional departments that had developed Bachelor’s degrees: American Indian Studies and Judaic Studies. Shortly thereafter, she became the permanent advisor for American Indian Studies and Judaic Studies. In Spring 2020, Ann was recognized with one of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards as “an exemplar of the cooperative, collaborative, innovative, and dedicated individuals who provide staff support within the College.”
True to form, Ann has been working diligently to minimize the impact of her leaving on students, faculty, and staff colleagues.
Welcoming a New Advisor
The SoA is now happy to welcome Sandra Holm as its new undergraduate Academic. Sandra earned both her B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development and M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. She writes: “I’ve been advising at the University of Arizona since 2003 and I enjoy building relationships with students and assisting them with their needs from their first year until graduation. I also advise students in English, Creative Writing, and Professional and Technical Writing. I look forward to working with you!”
Anthro News date: 08/14/2020