High Achieving Advisors Honored By Texas Tech
May 12, 2006
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DATE: May 12, 2006
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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
University Provost William Marcy read excerpts from the nominations for each of the
"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
"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
President Jon Whitmore created the award this spring to emphasize the importance of
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.