An undergraduate student’s first contact in the Department of Animal Sciences is probably Mary Ohnemus, our new Academic Coordinator. Ohnemus provides intensive advising support for students and encourages and guides them as they define and pursue their career goals. She helps students select classes each semester and effectively communicates curricula, college, and university requirements. Moreover, she builds collaborative, educational relationships between students and faculty to optimize academic success.
Ohnemus began advising students in the department in June 2020. She has worked at WSU for the last 16 years in a variety of roles supporting students. She values and respects the animal science major. It has a rigorous curriculum, the classes are challenging, and while most courses are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) oriented, they are at the same time practical and hands-on.
Mary draws on her personal experiences with sheep, pigs and horses to relate to the students and enjoys advising animal science undergraduates because they engaged and passionate about animals.
LOOKING FORWARD TO IN-PERSON MEETINGS
The pandemic has eliminated the in-person interactions between Ohnemus and students. Using Zoom for advising is somewhat challenging because it is more difficult to get to know a student, but she makes it work. Students who are interested in a degree in animal sciences can schedule an advising appointment with her through Navigate. Mary anxiously is awaiting the return of face to face advising and interactions as are the students.
When she is not advising students, Ohnemus may be found gardening, hiking, or enjoying Cougar Athletics with her husband, Pete.