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Maria DiValentin

"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

Office of Advising and Retention

Excellence in Academic Advising Award at LSSU

Academic Year 2014-2015 Nomination

Purpose: The purpose of this award is to encourage and reward excellence in academic advising by faculty at Lake Superior State University.

Nomination Period:  Nominations will be accepted for three weeks. Nomination period for 2015 is Monday, February 2 – Friday, February 20, 2015.

Nominators:  Current students and alumni can nominate faculty online during the nomination period.

Eligibility:  Any faculty member serving as an academic advisor is eligible for nomination. Previous recipients are ineligible for a period of five years. Self nominations will not be accepted.

Ineligible Faculty: Gary Johnson, 2010; Ashley Moerke, 2011; Herb Henderson, 2012; Mark Terwilliger, 2013; and Joseph Susi, 2014

Selection Procedure: The Retention Committee will evaluate nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic advisor.  Such evidence may include:

  1. Strong interpersonal skills
  2. Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and staff
  3. Availability to advisees, faculty or staff
  4. Frequency of contact with advisees
  5. Participation in and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees
  6. Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals
  7. Mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures
  8. Availability for reference/recommendation letters

Instructions:  Nominations must be submitted electronically using the online nomination form. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 20.

Nomination Form

An academic advisor's responsibility is to serve as a personal resource outside of the classroom for individual students as they pursue the goal of succeeding in college. The best advising is therefore an active rather than a passive activity. A good advisor--especially during times of crisis and at turning points--can be the difference between student failure and student success, both in college and more generally.

The goals of academic advising are to help students:

  • identify and clarify their academic, career, and life goals;
  • assess the role that higher education can play in achieving these goals;
  • develop educational plans consistent with these goals and with their interests and abilities;
  • select appropriate courses and other educational experiences;
  • evaluate their progress toward earning a degree and reaching their goals;
  • adapt to the demands of college life and become active members of the university community;
  • identify and utilize university and community support services;
  • interpret institutional rules, policies, and procedures; and
  • develop the skills necessary for independent decision-making.

Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, February 20 to be considered for this year’s Excellence in Academic Advising Award. It is estimated to take 15-20 minutes to complete a nomination and text can not be saved for a later date/time, please plan accordingly.

* = Required Fields

*Nominee's first and last name:  

*How long have you worked with this advisor?

*How does this advisor rate in the criteria listed below?

Note: Your examples of how the advisor meets the criteria (outside of class activities) is very important to the selection process.

  Exceeded My Expectations Met My Expectations Fell Below My Expectations Not Observed
This advisor’s interpersonal skills
This advisor’s caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty and staff
This advisor’s availability to advisees, faculty or staff
This advisor’s frequency of contact with advisees
This advisor’s participation in and support of intrusive advising to build strong relationships with advisees
This advisor’s monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals
This advisor’s mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures
This advisor’s availability for reference/recommendation letters


Is there additional information you want to provide on why this advisor should receive the Excellence in Academic Advising award? This is an opportunity to provide additional comments on the qualities that make this advisor genuinely outstanding.

*Submitted by:
(Anonymous submissions will not be considered)

*Your email address:

*Select one:

        Semester standing: 

        Year of graduation: 

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