2007 Excellence in Advising Award Recipients


  • Dr. Kris Sutliff
  • Comments from her nomination packet
    • I have no doubt that Dr. Sutliff deserves to be among the ranks of the nation's top advisors, for she is a truly great advisor.
    • Thank you for the opportunity to give praise where praise is due and give back just a little to someone who has given so much to me.
    • Advising is a very rare gift, and Dr. Sutliff has it in spades.
    • Aside from her knowledge of the university, classes and credits, she really cares about her students.
    • Dr. Sutliff took me under her wing long before I was even accepted to Missouri State University. I approached her with seemingly endless questions about the university, the English department, and what major I should pursue, and she graciously and enthusiastically guided me throughout the college decision process. By the time my senior year of high school ended, I had been accepted to several prestigious colleges throughout the country, but none displayed the forthright honesty and commitment to student success that Dr. Sutliff did.


  • Alisa Trotter
  • Comments from her nomination packet
    • She is a true advocate of the students and is concerned that they all be treated in a fair and equitable fashion.
    • She uses her excellent interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with her students, even though she has a heavy advising load of over 500 advisees.
    • With every session we've had, I've never fell like just another number she was trying to move quickly out of the door.
    • Alisa has helped me make some of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. She has always gone above and beyond my expectations.
    • She has not only helped with choosing a degree program and classes but has also been a cheerleader for my personal accomplishments.
    • Alisa has been very helpful in getting me back into college after a 20+ year absence. Without her help I probably would no longer be attending MSU.
    • Alisa always made me feel like a priority, and kept an open mind during our advising sessions.