National Honor Awarded to Andrea Jones of LSU University College

09/25/2013 01:18 PM

BATON ROUGE – Andrea L. Jones, assistant director of LSU University College’s Center for Advising and Counseling, or UCAC, has been selected as the Outstanding Advising Award Winner from the National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, as part of the 2013 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising. Jones will be honored and presented this award in Salt Lake City during the association’s annual conference in October.


“I am truly honored to receive this national award from NACADA,” Jones said. “For the past 19 years, I have been given the good fortune to help students strive to reach their academic goals. Every day, I am given the opportunity to be in my student’s corner and guide them through their college education. Helping students is my passion, and I am blessed to work in the field that I love.”


The 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. Jones was selected from a competitive pool of national and international candidates.


“University College is delighted to have Andrea receive this national recognition,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “Her institutional knowledge of LSU and the familiarity with academic advising across the disciplines on this campus are key attributes that make her a great academic counselor and leader for our Center for Advising and Counseling,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College.


Jones’ counseling style can best be described with the following comments from students.
• “Thank you for all that you have done for me over the past four years. It was comforting to know that I had someone to turn to throughout my college experience whenever I felt lost or confused.”
• “Knowing Mrs. Jones has made a huge impact on my life professionally and personally. She has been the inspiration that led me to the counseling field. She helped lead me to the counseling profession and supported me 100 percent...”
• “I sincerely express my deep gratitude and utmost thanks to you and your advice and words of encouragement. Those words gave me the courage I needed to persevere and never give up. I am now graduating, and will never forget your kindness and help. Thank you for supporting me! Geaux Tigers!”


Jones, with more than 19 years of experience working with the college student populations, brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to LSU and University College’s UCAC. Jones provides oversight of UCAC’s student programming; administers, reviews and adjudicates students’ appeal processes; assists in recruitment, orientation, pre-registration and registration programs; and serves as academic, career, and personal counselor including the utilization of professional counseling to address the various psychological and mental health issues that may arise when addressing students’ academic concerns.


Jones’ strengthens UCAC’s relationships with senior college student services, Office of Admissions and Student Aid, Registrar’s Office, Student Health Center, Division of Student Life, Career Services and the Center for Academic Success. She has additionally served on the university-wide Comprehensive Academic Tracking System Committee.


“Andrea is the personification of the caring advisor,” said Lisa Breeden Newman, assistant dean for enrollment management of LSU’s College of Human Sciences and Education. “She will go the extra mile for the student more expertly than anyone I’ve ever known. She is a licensed professional counselor and utilizes the services of LSU's Student Mental Health Center by walking students in crisis to this facility whenever necessary.”


Jones received her education specialist certification in counseling from LSU, a master of education in guidance and counseling and a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a licensed professional counselor by the state of Louisiana.


Throughout her professional career, Jones was bestowed many notable achievements and awards, including LSU Advisor of the Year 2012, Louisiana Counseling Association Award, and Chi Sigma Iota Member of the Year Award and President’s Award. Her dedication to Louisiana Counseling Association, or LCA, includes many leadership roles, including co-chair of the LCA Annual Conference, strategic planning chair and executive council member-at-large.


Jones joins an award-winning cohort from LSU University College that have received this prestigious national honor, including Annette Yancy in 2012, Joyce Wakefield in 2009 and Tim Fields in 2007.


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.


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 over 10,000 faculty, professional advisors, 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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Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013