Academic advisers recognized nationally


Two Mississippi State academic advisers are being recognized by the National Academic Advising Association for significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.

Tim Fancher, an academic coordinator with the University Academic Advising Center, and Caroline Cooper, academic records assistant in the art department, are selections for 2013 NACADA Certificates of Merit.

They and other honorees will be recognized formally later this year at the organization's annual conference in Salt Lake City.

Founded in 1979, the National Academic Advising Association promotes the quality of academic advising in institutions of higher education by working to support the professional growth of those in the field. The Kansas State University-based organization also provides a forum for continually examining the evolving role of higher education advising.

Since the NACADA awards program was established in the early 1980s, MSU faculty and staff members consistently have been among those receiving top honors.

Fancher, a 1990 MSU history graduate, has worked with undeclared majors for more than a decade. The Kosciusko resident is being recognized for his achievements in the primary advising award category.

Earlier this year, Fancher was recognized with MSU's Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Staff Award.

Achievements by Cooper, who joined the university in 2010, were recognized in the competition's new adviser category.

A native of Ayden, N.C., she is a 2004 interior design graduate of East Carolina University. She said her background in art and design has helped her work with students as they plan professional careers in the arts.

Allison Matthews | University Relations

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