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Bloomington advisors to receive national awards, recognition for service to students at Indiana University

University Division receives five awards from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

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Bloomington, IND – Two academic advisors and three administrators from Indiana University will be honored this fall with awards for their work in academic advising. NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, will present the awards at a ceremony ahead of The Association’s annual conference, on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 4:30 PM in Louisville, KY.

The award categories and award winners are:

  • Elizabeth Guertin (OVPUE), Outstanding Advising Program Award, Certificate of Merit
  • Alice Dobie (UD), Advising Technology Innovation Award
  • Mary O’Shea (UD), Outstanding Advising Administrator, Certificate of Merit
  • Eric Beckstrom (SIT), Outstanding Advising Award, Primary Role
  • Cynthia Allen (EDUC/UD), Outstanding New Advisor Award, Primary Role

The awards are designed to honor professionals making significant contributions to the field of academic advising in higher education. The awards are nomination based and undergo careful consideration by NACADA committee members.

Criteria for nominations vary by award. All outstanding advisor nominations included a comprehensive list of the nominee’s professional qualifications, academic accomplishments, letters of support, and comments from past advisees and parents.

The outstanding advising program award was selected based on innovation, creativity, currency, institutional commitment, impact, and transferability to other institutions. The advising technology innovation award was chosen according to the content, interactivity, clarity, creativity, and overall impression.

Jessica Staten, director for advisor professional development said, “We are honored and delighted that so many staff and faculty from Indiana University have been recognized for their work in academic advising. We work hard to ensure our students feel welcome, heard, supported, and guided through their academic journey.”

Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. The goal of NACADA is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students.

NACADA’s membership, worldwide, has grown to over 14,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. The organization acts as the representative and advocate of academic advising, and those providing that service, within higher education.

OVPUE is the home to University Division (UD) and the Center for Students in Transition (SIT) which serve as the academic homes to first and second year students, transfer students, and non-traditional students at Indiana University Bloomington. UD and SIT promote student success by engaging students and assisting them in their transition to IU, educating them about academic disciplines and enrichment opportunities, helping them design comprehensive plans of study, and preparing them to progress into their chosen degree-granting programs.

For more information about the NACADA awards and recipients, contact Jessica Staten at

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