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Wilson Advising Center, SGA to present advising award

Published: Monday, November 15, 2010

Updated: Monday, November 15, 2010 15:11

The Wilson Advising Center has partnered up with the Student Government Association to present the "You Made a Difference Advising Award" to an adviser nominated by the students. This award is based on votes for the best adviser.

"A good adviser is one who takes the time to gain an understanding of the university structure, policies and procedures and they care enough to make sure their advisees are also knowledgeable of that information," Interim Director of the Advising Center and "You Made a Difference Advising Award" nominee Melissa Jackson said.

"[They help] students develop and clarify realistic educational and career plans. Good advisers are not just concerned about the student's academic success, but they are concerned that the student attains an education and develops the training and skills to be a successful person in life. Good advisers care."

This year there were 39 nominees and of that 39 several were repeat nominations. A total of 23 advisers were nominated for this award. The nominees include: Anthony Troy Adams, criminology; Kher, engineering; Larry Salinger, criminology and sociology; John Seydel, accounting and CIT; Kristin Biondollilo, psychology; Robert Lamm, English; Lori Fenner, agriculture; Tisha Pierce, communication disorders; Mark McJunkin, education; Ruth Owens, world languages and culture; Mike Hall, mathematics; Bill Payne, clinical laboratory science; Erin Lynn, interdisciplinary studies; Jim Washam, economics and finance; Thomas Wharton, Wilson Advising; Collin Pillow, radio/television; Valerie Long, nursing and health professions; David Saarnio, psychology; Paul Finniculm, health education; Melissa Jackson, Wilson Advising; Hariette Adams, physical education; Becky Keith, nursing and health professions; and Ashraf Elsayed, engineering.

"The final winner is chosen based on the student nominations regarding understanding and knowledge of ASU policies and procedures and concern for students' success," educational specialist and mental health counseling major, junior Tina Bailey said.

"[SGA will form a committee] to choose the recipient of the award."

The recipient will be honored at a reception this week and will be presented with a plaque and will receive a paid registration to the next Regional Advising Conference.

"The Wilson Advising Center and SGA would like to congratulate all the nominees," Bailey said. "Each [nominee] has made a difference in the students here at ASU. We want to say ‘thank you.'"


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