Austin Community College’s Student Services Office and Office of the Provost recently hosted a recognition luncheon for college academic and recruitment/enrollment advisors.
In addition to celebrating their outstanding work, the event gave advisors an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about the college’s guided pathways implementation.
“Getting feedback directly from advisors is crucial and necessary for the ongoing successful implementation of guided pathways,” said Dr. Virginia Fraire, vice president of student services. “We know academic advisors are the most important resource to help new students clarify their goals and identify the courses that lead toward those goals.”
Employee association presidents — both outgoing and incoming — also participated in the conversations.
Provost Dr. Charles Cook praised the group for the progress the college has made, noting that the pathways implementation is evolving and processes will continue to improve.
Fraire thanked advisors for their contributions to the guided pathways implementation and acknowledged Academic and Career Advising Director Kathy James for her leadership. She presented “Student Services Guided Pathways Trailblazer” awards to the following individuals for “leading the way in how we serve students in the 21st century.”
- Tung Huynh, enrollment advising specialist (Highland Business Center): “Best Enrollment Advisor”
- Bette Weakley, academic advising specialist (Riverside): “Best Area of Study Presenter”
- Mario Tenorio, academic advising supervisor (Northridge): “Going Above and Beyond”
- Heather Beels, academic advising specialist (Northridge): “Most Enthusiastic”
- Barbara Chambers, academic advising specialist (Highland): “Greatest Student Advocate”
- David Zuniga, academic advising supervisor (Eastview): “Greatest Leadership”
- Jamie Powell, academic advising supervisor (Round Rock): “Greatest Collaborator”