Academic Advising Garners Three Awards

Lorraine Smith, Academic Advising, talks with
Lisa Wilson, a junior recreation transfer
student from San Jose.
CSU, Chico’s Academic Advising Services have gained national recognition in the form of three awards for the 1996-97 academic year. The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) selected the late W. Mack Reynolds, professor of Construction Management, as an example of outstanding advising; G. Robert Standing, retired, received a NACADA 1997 award for service; and the university-wide advising program was awarded recognition for innovative and exemplary practices.

W. Mack Reynolds was selected last February by his peers as Chico’s 1997 Outstanding Academic Adviser. His name and achievements were subsequently forwarded to NACADA for national recognition. In late spring, NACADA selected Professor Reynolds as an example of excellence in his profession and noted his contributions to students, the University, and the field of advising. Nomination letters spoke of Reynolds’ commitment, and accolades from students underscored his excellence. Among them: "Mack gave so much of himself. He did not miss a field trip, meeting, or any activity we were involved in" and "During the ten years since my graduation, I have stayed in touch with Mack, and he continued to offer advice regarding various career decisions in my life."

In October at the national conference in Kansas City, the award will be presented posthumously to his widow, Carolynn Reynolds, associate dean of the College of Communication and Education.

G. Robert Standing was selected to receive the 1997 Service to NACADA. This award is given in recognition of Standing’s significant contributions to the national association and to the advising profession. Of particular note is the fact Standing developed the first comprehensive advising center in the 22-campus CSU system. He has shared insights, advice, and support to sister campuses throughout the years.

Standing retired last December after more than thirty years of faithful service to Chico State. He saw academic advising as critically important to students and worked tirelessly to increase awareness among faculty advisers. In addition to initiating the Outstanding Academic Adviser Award at Chico, Standing pioneered many other advising initiatives. Check out his work on the Advising web page at G. Robert Standing

The final award recognizes Chico’s university-wide advising program-a collaborative endeavor between academic departments and the Advising and Orientation Office. Given in 1996, this national award recognizes innovative and exemplary practices that have resulted in the improvement of academic advising services. For example, Advising and Evaluations staff at Chico are currently working together to provide more effective evaluation documents for Chico State students.

A hidden corner of excellence on our campus? Not according to NACADA and not according to anyone who has worked with the advising program and knows how important it is to the success of CSU, Chico students. As Bob Hannigan, vice provost for Enrollment Management says, "The work done by staff in the Advising Center is the glue that helps students achieve their goals. Practically the entire campus community depends upon the work done here. I’m especially pleased that this deserved recognition has come our way!"

Written by Caroline Aldrich-Langdon

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