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Professor recognized for excellence in fraternity advising

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pybas1Dr. Kevin Pybas, associate professor of political science at Missouri State University, was  awarded the Faculty Advisor Award of Excellence for 2012-2013 from the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA).

“It’s humbling and satisfying. Humbling, because I don’t feel I do anything extraordinary as an adviser,” said Pybas. “I try to treat students like I wanted to be treated, so I’m not sure there’s anything remarkable in that. But it’s satisfying to know that others believe you are doing things well.”

The award is given to a current faculty member who has achieved an exemplary relationship with the students of a fraternity. Pybas is currently the advisor for Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity which is a member of PFA. The fraternity is co-ed and focuses on providing students with the guidance needed to gain acceptance into their desired law school.

“I try to begin to socialize students into the legal profession,” said Pybas. “That is, through what I do as faculty adviser I hope for students to come to a better understanding of the legal profession, so that they can make a more informed decision as to whether law school and then legal practice is really what they want to do.”

For more information, contact Pybas at (417) 836-5851 or KevinPybas@MissouriState.edu.

For more information about the Professional Fraternity Association, visit http://www.professionalfraternity.org.

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