President Pays Tribute to Outstanding Academic Advisers

President Pays Tribute to Outstanding Academic Advisers
Outstanding Academic Advisers 2004

All of the faculty and staff members honored this year with Outstanding Academic Advisers Awards have something in common, according to the students and colleagues who nominated them. These individuals are devoted to their students, passionate about academic success and always go above and beyond the job description of an adviser to make a difference in students? lives.

President Michael Ortiz honored the Outstanding Academic Advisers for their dedication to students with a ceremony and reception on May 27 at the CLA Building?s Heritage Conference Center.

?There are so many things related to good advising ? student persistence, graduation rate and clarification of what an individual wants to do with their life,? said Ortiz. ?Good advisers sit with students to discuss what their professional aspirations are and guide them to make the right choices in reaching those aspirations.?

?I know that the students at Cal Poly Pomona are extremely delighted with the quality of advising they get in general, but the individuals we are recognizing today are outstanding examples of that,? he said.

This year?s outstanding advisers are:

  • Gerald E. Hackett, College of Agriculture
  • Robert L. Hurt, College of Business Administration
  • Kamran Abedini, College of Engineering
  • Charles E. Loggins, College of Environmental Design
  • Lisa Nelson, College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
  • Herb Fynewever, College of Science
  • Michael Godfrey, Collins School of Hospitality Management
  • Kenneth M. Stahl, College of Education & Integrative Studies
  • Gretchen Anderson, Student Affairs

In addition, Educational Equity Services and the Educational Opportunity Program was selected as the Outstanding Advising Program of the Year.

The honorees were introduced by their college/school dean and a student who nominated them. Upon accepting the award, each honoree expressed their gratitude for the award and appreciation of advising.

?I?ve always thought that teaching and advising are seamless because we engage people, not just students in a classroom,? said Stahl.

Anderson, who has worked in Admissions & Outreach for nine years and, prior to that, worked in the University Advising Center for seven years, said she enjoys her job because she loves the students she meets with each day.