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Advisers awarded for excellence

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Three academic advisers at Missouri State University were recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for excellence in advising: Christina Bowles, Tracie Burt and Judy Pickering.

Outstanding New Adviser

Bowles was awarded Outstanding New Adviser. This award is given to those who have served as adviser for three years or less and demonstrate qualities that are associated with outstanding academic advising.

Bowles is part of the Academic Advisement Center and advises those students with undecided majors, as well as high-achieving high school students who are taking courses on campus. Bowles also serves on the MSU Staff Senate, is a University Staff Ambassador program member and serves as treasurer for the Missouri Academic Advising Association.

Outstanding Advising Administrator

Burt was honored as Outstanding Advising Administrator. This award is given to those whose main responsibility is advising coordination but also help in the advisement of students.

Burt is an instructor in the department of psychology and coordinates advising within the department. She served two terms as chair of the Provost’s Academic Advising Council and is currently serving as chair of the assessment sub-committee of advising council. Burt is also working to complete her dissertation on advising assessment.

Outstanding Adviser Award

Pickering was awarded the Outstanding Adviser Award in the primary advising category. This award is given to those whose primary role is the direct delivery of advising to students.

Pickering works in the Professional Education Advisement Center and assists with recruitment for the College of Education. She advises students with early childhood, special education and elementary education majors as well as students entering through the SOAR program.

“Having three advisers win major national advising awards in one year is a great achievement for Missouri State University,” said Kathy Davis, director of the Academic Advisement Center at MSU. “The exemplary performance of these three advisers brings well-deserved recognition to their individual contributions to student success.”

Missouri State has received 30 national advising awards since 1997.

For more information about the Academic Advisement Center, contact Davis at (417) 836-5258 or KathyDavis@MissouriState.edu.

For more information about the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), visit http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/.


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