"Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience."
Art Preciado - Advisor of the Year - 1995
Department of Sociology & Social Work
"Professor Arthur 'Art' Preciado's advising philosophy can be summarized with two major premises: first, people are important; second, social work is a worthy intellectual endeavor. These two philosophies were the beacons that guided Art's approach to advising, his professional career and his life.
Art simply loved people and he felt that each individual was worthy of attention and assistance. He saw each individual as a whole person, not just a student; in this context, he listened beyond words and fettered out academic and other individual problems and concerns to more fully meet student needs.
He was knowledgeable, helpful, patient and concerned; however, he realized that the college experience was an opportunity for growth and development. As a consequence, he followed a simple axiom, "never do for students what students can do for themselves." He guided, stood beside, instructed and encouraged students to develop their skills in meeting the challenges of academic life and life in general. He had faith in students and their ability to grow and develop by doing. He believed in being a "..doer of the word and not a hearer only." In this context, he helped students deal with real life situations in a meaningful and productive manner. In other words, he was a social worker's social worker.
Art loved social work as a profession and as an intellectual enterprise. Hence, he required students to perform to the best of their ability. He recognized differences in student capacities and brought out the best each student could produce through mentoring and conscientious advising. He would not settle for less than each student's best.
In summary, Art gave of this time, talents and energy to enrich the lives of his students. He was a role model as an advisor and deserves to be recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in this facet of his career."
-- Clark A. Davis
Chair, Department of Sociology
"For most professional educators, academic advising is an acquired art (sometimes with reluctance). I don't think that Art ever knew you had to 'work' at 'advising'. Not that he didn't know his stuff; he did and he did work at keeping up on all the current rules whether the regulations pertained to the university or with national accreditation or with the program's impacted status.
If anyone had told Art that was what advising consisted of he would have been dumbfounded. He thought that advising was an extension of life, not just academic life you see, but life! He thought that a student or even a potential student (to tell the truth, anyone) who had an issue that was interfering with the pursuit of a degree, a career, or just life, was fair game for his time, his humor, what he had learned, and if the person wanted it, his advice. Of course, by the time you got that far down the list, the person already had benefited and seldom had to "ask". It made Art totally approachable and left the individual feeling like an equal, because Art didn't see it any other way. Of course, he was available, with a smile and an open hand. Yes, people got in jams, lacked resources, needed a vision, made mistakes and misunderstood each other. So had Art, so had we all!"
-- Kathleen E. Kaiser
Professor of Sociology