LSU University College Academic Adviser Awarded National Honor

09/10/2012 08:53 AM

BATON ROUGE – Annette Yancy, LSU University’s Center for Advising and Counseling academic counselor and Summer Scholars coordinator, has been selected as the Outstanding Advising Award Winner from the National Academic Advising Association, NACADA, as part of the 2012 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising. Yancy will be honored and presented this award in Nashville, Tenn., during the NACADA Annual Conference in October.

“Ms. Yancy’s recognition is a testimony to the great work that she and other academic counselors in University College demonstrate on a daily basis with our students,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “It is gratifying to have the national association recognize the quality advising experience available at LSU.”

This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration, whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.  Yancy was selected from a competitive pool of national and international candidates. Among the thousands of LSU students who seek counseling in University College, Yancy received the highest evaluations of “Excellent” in her effectiveness of academic advising.

“My passion to serve students to the best of my ability is fulfilled daily at LSU University College,” Yancy said. “It is not my job, but my pleasure to serve each student efficiently with a generous side of compassion.”

Yancy is native resident of Baton Rouge. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Southern University, and a master’s degree in counseling personnel from Western Michigan University. She has been a counselor at LSU since 1989. In 2011, Yancy was honored as Louisiana State University Adviser of the Year.

Yancy’s interactions with students can best be described with the following comments from students:

“Annette Yancy is a wonderful person. She’s always honest and respectful about your situation and is a rational voice when you need to hear it most. You may not hear what you want to hear, but you know the advice is from the heart and is from someone with worlds of experience.”

“Yancy went above and beyond in assisting me with re-applying to LSU and scheduling the courses needed to pursue my major. She really made me feel comfortable; she cares about my future success.”

Yancy joins an award-winning cohort from LSU University College that has received this prestigious national honor, including Tim Fields in 2007 and Joyce Wakefield in 2009.

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 Serves, 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.

LSU University College’s Summer Scholars is an eight-week comprehensive, summer bridge program that provides under-represented students with a structured environment conducive to building the fundamental skills necessary to successfully complete a baccalaureate degree

Since 1983, NACDA 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 has grown to more than 10,000 faculty, professional advisers, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

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LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012