04/18/2013 02:29 PM
BATON ROUGE – Ashley Granger, academic counselor for LSU University College’s Center for Freshman Year, or UCFY, has been selected as the 2013 LSU Advisor of the Year. This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students.
Granger was selected by a committee of LSU faculty and staff from a competitive pool of academic counselors from across campus. Missy Korduner, assistant director of LSU First Year Experience who cited Granger as “the most dynamic, engaging, dedicated and compassionate professional,” nominated her.
Her support and involvement with the LSU STRIPES, a transition program for incoming first-year students, provided Granger with greater opportunities to interact with students individually, as well as to present sessions on academic success.
“Ashley has made a tremendous impact on our Center for Freshman Year and for the students who are enrolled in our division,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “Her enthusiasm and energy makes her an attractive campus ‘celebrity’ and this has made a profound positive impact on the general perceptions of University College. She has assumed the responsibility of faculty advisor for the UCFY Student Council and has made significant efforts to bring typically weak council to a level of performance and respect among the college councils on our campus.”
“No matter which department I worked for at LSU, my personal mission has always been providing students with the education and resources needed to become successful LSU students with the hope for them to become successful LSU alumni,” said Granger.
Granger’s interactions with students can best be described with the following comments from students:
• “For the first time, Ms. Granger made me feel like someone had actually listened and made an effort to understand my feelings. She provided me with additional resources, and even checked in with me a week later to see how I was doing. I needed help, and she made a difference in my life here at LSU.”
• “She is very nice and treats you well. She recognized me outside of her office in the parking lot a week later and remembered me by my name and asked how things were going, and even then gave me advice and was extremely helpful.”
• “My counselor was a very entertaining person who provided me with sufficient information. She displayed an attitude that made her easy to approach with questions.”
Granger is a licensed clinical social worker and a double graduate of LSU. She joined LSU University College’s Center for Freshmen Year in 2011, with the prior six years with the LSU Student Health Center as the health promotion coordinator. During her tenure there, she coordinated the Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocacy and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs. She has also provided hundreds of presentations to the LSU student body on the topics of health and wellness. Granger is the faculty advisor for UCFY College Council and the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity at LSU. She was awarded Distinguished Chapter Advisor for Section 45 in recognition of her distinguished performance. For the past two years she has been a cast member of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” for V-Day Baton Rouge, with proceeds benefiting the Baton Rouge Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center.
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College. For more information on LSU University College, visit www.uc.lsu.edu or follow the conversation at www.facebook.com/LSU.UniversityCollege.
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Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013