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Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 5:27 pm | Updated: 5:38 pm, Wed Nov 8, 2017.

Academic advising is a driving force of many universities that often goes unlooked.

To raise awareness of the hard work that advisers do, the Wilson Advising Center hosted the Academic Adviser Appreciation Luncheon last Friday in the Spring River Room of the Reng Student Union.

The luncheon recognized outstanding advisers, with many nominees present for the You Made a Difference Award. The recepient was announced after a special presentation by State Rep. Monte Hodges, D-Blytheville.

The Advising Center hosts a student-nominated faculty award luncheon in the fall and a faculty-nominated award luncheon in the spring.

“The purpose of this (fall) event is to highlight the profession of advising and promote the exemplary advising taking place at A-State,” said Melissa Jackson, director of the Wilson Advising Center. 

“We want to show that we support (advising), not just in what we say, but what we do," Jackson said.

Jackson stressed the importance of advising to a student’s time in college.

“We’re seeing what’s making the difference ,and it’s those one-on-one meaningful interactions with our students. And advising is at the top of the list,” Jackson said.

“Advising matters at A-State, where every Red Wolf counts,” Jackson added, plugging Chancellor Kelly Damphousse’s new initiative for A-State. The  chancellor was unable to attend the luncheon due to scheduling conflicts, but left a video message for the award nominees and other attendees. 

Jill Simons, associate vice chancellor for retention and completion, welcomed attendees, and called advising “one of the most important roles we have on campus.”

A-State alumnus Monte Hodges, who currently serves as the Arkansas House of Representatives representing District 55, shared his personal story of working from a single-mother household to an esteemed elected position job.

He praised advisers for the work they do with students.

“You guys play a very important role in ensuring that we reach our goals,” Hodges said.

After Hodge’s presentation, Jackson announced that the student-selected You Made a Difference Award was awarded to Travis Marsico, associate professor in the department of Biological Sciences.

“I was really surprised,” Marsico said. “I’m so grateful to have students that would nominate me. It’s nice to feel like I’m making an impact.”

Marsico cited his enthusiasm as a quality that makes him stand out as an adviser.

“I am a firm believer that optimism will win in the end,” Marsico said.

The Advising Center also recognized Laquita Saunders, who received the 2017 Arkansas adviser of the Year award at an Arkansas Academic Advising Network conference. 

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