Three Utah State University advisors will be honored by the National Academic Advising Association for outstanding academic advising.
The 2007 award recipients are Megen Ralphs, Deborah Reece and Keri L. Ryan.
“USU continues to lead the nation in the number of advisors who have received national advising awards,” said John Mortensen, USU registrar. “It is an honor for our institution to have received 37 national awards for academic advising, more than any university nationwide.”
Ralphs is an academic advisor in the University Advising Office. She is the “Outstanding New Advisor Award” winner in the academic advising primary role category. This award honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.
Reece is an academic advisor for the University Advising Office. She is an “Outstanding Advising Award Certificate of Merit” recipient in the primary role category.
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 individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students. Reece is one out of eight academic advisors honored with this category in nationwide competition this year.
Ryan is an assistant professor in the civil and environmental engineering department and “Outstanding New Faculty Advising Award Certificate of Merit” winner in the academic advising faculty category. This award honors individuals and institutions that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.
“USU understands the importance of academic advising and knows that if students can make a connection with a faculty member or advisors they are likely to stay in their program and receive a diploma,” said Stephanie Hamblin, associate director for university advising for Utah State. “Tier II tuition money was set aside for academic advising this year. This allows us to develop professionally and to continue to provide excellent advising to our students.”
The National Academic Advising Association was chartered as a non-profit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students. NACADA has grown to more than 9,000 members consisting of faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others concerned with the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students.