High Achieving Advisors Honored By Texas Tech

DATE: May 12, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University named the winners of the first President’s Excellence in Academic Advising on Wednesday afternoon.

Individual awards went to Ramona Johnson, from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and John Anderson, from the Office of Athletic Academic/Student Services.

University Provost William Marcy read excerpts from the nominations for each of the winners.

"Ramona Johnson fulfills a particularly unique and critical role in the college by serving as the focal point for all academic advising and program monitoring activities," said Marcy. "She represents the pinnacle of what we would like to see in every academic advisor at Texas Tech – an abundance of knowledge, strength of convictions, unsurpassed work ethic, professionalism throughout, and all of this packaged with a service-plus attitude."

"John Anderson strives to ensure the needs of the student are put first and foremost," Marcy said. "He works tirelessly to ensure each student is meeting and exceeding their academic progress toward graduation. The fact that the student athletes have outperformed the campus norm in graduation rates for six years running is only one example of the leadership John has provided to our students."

The team award was presented to Academic Advising Services in the College of Human Sciences. The team members receiving the award included Director Ann Bush, instructor and recruitment advisor Erlene McNeill and academic advisors Shawna Boyer, Shelly D. Buchanan, JoAnn Linch and Andrew Smith.

"This team was chosen for its skill in guiding students toward graduation even when options seem limited and for its expertise in changing frustrations, concerns and tears into smiles," Marcy said. "This team of outstanding individuals represents a loyal group of professionals who are committed to the personal and professional growth of students."

President Jon Whitmore created the award this spring to emphasize the importance of academic advising.

“While the importance of excellence in teaching will continue to be emphasized at Texas Tech, I also wanted to recognize the value of expert advising outside the classroom to ensure student success and satisfaction along the path to graduation,” Whitmore said.

In offering this award competition and in co-hosting the event, Marcy recognized the excellence of academic advisors.

"Some say that advice is only worth what you pay for it," said Marcy. "If that is indeed the case, then Texas Tech is putting a lot of money into advising to provide value to the student. We provided more than $850,000 to hire 29 new advising staff. It doesn’t stop there. These advising awards are intended to provide further reinforcement for advising excellence. The recipients of these awards reflect excellence at both the individual and the department level. They are all to be congratulated."

CONTACT: DaNay Phelps, senior administrator, University Academic Advising, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0876, or e-mail danay.phelps@ttu.edu.