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Nominate a prof for academic advising excellence award

Posted: February 13th, 2014

Nomination window extended to Feb. 21!

LAST YEAR'S ADVISING EXCELLENCE – Lake Superior State University math and computer science professor Mark Terwilliger accepts the fourth annual LSSU's Excellence in Academic Advising Award from Lisa Luton, a student who Terwilliger teaches and advises. The award was established in 2010 by LSSU's Retention Committee to encourage and reward excellence in academic advising. Alumni and current students may submit nominations for this year's award Feb. 3-21 at www.lssu.edu/advising. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Just as many students leave campus for the summer, Lake Superior State University will be honoring one of its own with the Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Alumni and current students may submit nominations for this year's award Feb. 3-21 at www.lssu.edu/advising.

The award was established 2010 by LSSU's Retention Committee to encourage and reward excellence in academic advising, as it is a very important activity that can make an impact on student success and persistence.

Past recipients - in the order as presented since 2010 - include professors Gary Johnson (political science), Ashley Moerke (biology), Herb Henderson (criminal justice), and Mark Terwilliger (math and computer science).

In considering the recipient for the Excellence in Advising Award, the LSSU Retention Committee evaluates nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor outside of the classroom, including interpersonal skills; a caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and staff; availability; frequency of contact with advisees; ability to build strong relationships with advisees; monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals; and availability for reference/recommendation letters for students.

"Academic advising is as important as the classroom experience," said Karen Johnston, director of LSSU Advising, Retention and Orientation. "Academic advisors have the opportunity to connect with students on a personal level, offering guidance and support during their university experience, but more importantly to help them develop a higher sense of self efficacy along the way."

Any faculty member serving as an academic advisor is eligible for nomination. Those who nominate a faculty member are asked to provide comments about qualities outside of the classroom that make the advisor genuinely outstanding.

For more information, contact Karen Johnston at kjohnston@lssu.edu or 635-2269.


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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Karen Johnston, Office of Advising, Retention and Orientation, e-mail, 635-2075.


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