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Educators honored for work with first-year students

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina and Cengage Learning recently announced this year’s recipients of the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award.

The award, now in its 21st year, honors college faculty, administrators, staff and students for their outstanding work on behalf of first-year students and for the impact their efforts have on the students and culture of their institutions. Ten recipients were chosen from 97 nominations. This year’s recipients will be formally recognized on Feb. 14, 2010, at the Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in Denver, Colorado.

Recipients of the 2010 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award include the following:

Christine Benson, Associate Dean of Academic Advising and First-Year Experience - Madonna University;

Dale B. Billingsley, Professor of English and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs - University of Louisville;

Harvest Collier, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies - Missouri University of Science and Technology;

Christa D. Fye, Associate Dean for Academic Support - Hampden-Sydney College;

Stacy Gilbert, Director of Co-Curricular Programs and Disability Services - Louisiana Tech University;

Richard Reid, Professor and Assistant Dean, College of Engineering - South Dakota State University;

Sarah K. Shutt, Counselor for Retention Services - J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College;

Stanley D. Singleton, Associate Director of General Education Development Center - Paine College;

Tonya Strickland, Chair, Division of Learning Support; Associate Professor of Learning Support Reading and English; Interim Chair, Division of Arts and Sciences - Bainbridge College; and

Nancy Walburn, Director of the Division of General Studies - University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For more information about the award, the award recipients, or the National Resource Center for The First Year Experience & Students in Transition, please contact Nina Glisson, Assistant Director for Conferences and Continuing Education at the National Resource Center, (803) 777-8158,

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 03/10/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/10/10 @ 1:27 PM | Permalink

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