Two advisors from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were recognized at the recent NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising Region 7 Conference held March 5-7, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Sam Murdock, senior academic advisor II in the department of plant pathology and microbiology, was elected to the national leadership position of NACADA Region 7 Chair. Dr. David Peterson, professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics, received the Region 7 Excellence in Advising-Faculty Role Award.
In this leadership position, Murdock will be responsible for representing and providing leadership to the membership within Region 7, facilitating networking opportunities and member recruitment, identifying needed membership services for the region, establishing and maintaining a regional governing structure, and overseeing the annual regional conference, state workshops, and other professional development opportunities for region members. He will assume this leadership role at the end of the NACADA Annual Conference being held in Las Vegas, NV in October and serve in this position until October 2017.
At the region conference, Peterson was also presented the Excellence in Advising-Faculty Role Award that recognizes his effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish him as an outstanding academic advisor.
The NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising was chartered as a non-profit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students. Since that beginning, NACADA has grown to 11,000 members consisting of faculty members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.
Congratulations to these two outstanding advisors!