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USU Engineering Advisor Wins National Award

Utah State University academic advisor Kathy Bayn was selected as an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient. The award was part of the Academic Advising—Primary Role category from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as part of the 2009 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising.

“Kathy has encyclopedic understanding of our institutional regulations, policies and procedures,” said Stephanie Hamblin, director of University Advising. “Because of this experience, she has become indispensible in the College of Engineering.”
Bayn has served the university in a variety of roles for nearly 35 years. Twenty-five of those years have been spent as an academic advisor for the College of Engineering.  She was selected as one of 12 academic advisors honored in this category in the nationwide competition this year.
This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration. The Academic Advising—Primary Role category includes those individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.
 “I received a lot of valuable guidance and advice from Kathy, and she soon became a very trusted advisor, counselor and friend,” wrote one of her students in her nomination packet. “I believe it is important to note that my high regard for Kathy is not unique. There are a few hundred other students that felt the same way across many generations or classes of engineering students.”
Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA’s goal is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students.
“Kathy treats her students with a patience that might best be called motherly, a wisdom bordering on Solomon’s and a respect that is ambassadorial,” said electrical and computer engineering department head Todd Moon. “She is tireless in her efforts, putting in long hours to ensure that the job gets done, and done well.”
Bayn will be presented with this award in San Antonio, Texas, during the NACADA annual conference this fall.
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Writer/Contact: Sarah Reale, (435) 797-2759,

College of Engineering advisor Kathy Bayn

Academic advisor Kathy Bayn will be honored at a national advising conference this fall.


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