Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Who's Who in Region 2

Did you know that we have some incredible people doing amazing things in Region 2?  Each year, Region 2 recognizes members that exemplify what great advising is, demonstrate how important advising is to the success of our students and our campuses, and model best practices for advising and student success. This year, we're proud to recognize these great colleagues:

Mark Rohland, Ph.D, Outstanding Academic Advising-Primary role
Academic Advisor and Advisor for Study Abroad
College of Liberal Arts Academic Advising Center
Temple University

I think I owe the award largely to my work in promoting study abroad in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and in Temple generally. I'm the lead study abroad advisor for the college, and I coordinate events, encourage students to go abroad, and approve their study plans. I'm also a co-chair of a university-wide group of academic advisors who meet to share and disseminate information about all things advisory at Temple, and I'm involved in CLA curriculum review, graduate school event planning, and other special projects to improve the quality of advising in CLA and at Temple.

Morgan Morrison, Outstanding New Advisor
Student Success Advisor
University College
Old Dominion University.

I’m in my third year of advising and I’m thrilled and honored to be recognized with this award! I work with freshmen students intending to major in an Arts & Letters discipline and provide success advising for all of the first year Arts & Letters majors. I also teach the UNIV 110: Academic Success class that students placed on Academic Warning are required to complete. I’ve taken on several projects such as an academic success recognition program in the residence halls, like working with our Residence Life team to post paw prints (our mascot is Leo the Lion) on the doors of those students earning the Dean’s List for the previous semester. My biggest project thus far has been a major exploration video project-the creation of student-friendly interviews with the head advisor for each major posted online in a short YouTube-style clip. Students can view the videos for majors they’re considering, get the basic information about the program, and actually see the person that they will need to contact if they are still interested .

John Bader, Ph.D, Outstanding Advising Administrator
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Johns Hopkins University

For a decade, I have been committed to improving the undergraduate experience at Hopkins by building better programs, supporting great staff, and caring for students. I am deeply honored and touched to be recognized by my peers in Region 2, all of whom work hard every day for their students and colleges. In addition, I have recently authored "Dean's List: 11 Habits of Highly Successful College Students." (See for more info)

Linda Bradbury, Service to Region 2
Professional Services Specialist
EEO/EOF Program/Pre-Freshman Services
Kean University

As a long-time NACADA member and participant in a number of NACADA activities, it is both an honor and privilege to be recognized for my contribution in working with such a wonderful, supportive group of colleagues! I worked as an Academic Advisor for 23 years, 21 of which have been at Kean University. For the last five years, I have been working at Kean with the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) , a state-funded program for educationally and financially disadvantaged students. I handle a myriad of responsibilities with regard to pre-freshman services for special admission programs, for which I have found that my years of experience working as a professional academic advisor have proved to be invaluable. My recent involvement in NACADA has spanned a wide variety of activities, including serving as the 2010 Region 2 Conference Co-Chair, Region 2 Steering Committee 2009-2010 and 2007-2009 and New Jersey state liaison for Region 2007-2009, chairing the New Jersey drive-in conference in 2006, writing a book review for NACADA, and activiely publicizing NACADA events to my university.

Ann Gioia, RN, MSN, Outstanding Faculty Advisor
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Salem Community College

For the past 2 years I have been 1 of 3 faculty members to sit on an ad hoc Advising Committee at SCC. We have been diligently working to develop and implement a campus-wide advising model. I advise approximately 100 students each semester and also mentor SCC nursing graduates through the pursuit of their BSN degree. I am honored to have been selected for the NACADA Faculty Advising Award for 2011. It means a great deal to me that others believe in the work that my fellow colleagues and I have been doing to make advising a more positive experience on SCC's campus. I would like to credit my fellow colleagues for their hard work and support.

Dr. Carol Simpson, Ph.D, Outstanding Advising Advocate
Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Old Dominion University

I am honored and humbled to receive this award, as it is really ODU's dedicated advisors who are the ones most deserving of an award. I applaude their early and accurate advising, which is one of the most effective ways to help our students succeed toward timely graduation. To emphasize the importance of good advising to student success, I have encouraged our ODU professional advisors in their development of a Master Advisor workshop for faculty and staff and I will be increasing the number of advisors througout the University next year. I have also emphasized that advising should be considered as part of a faculty member's teaching assignment rather than as a service activity.

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