Staff, Faculty Members Recognized for Excellence in Advising Students

… Inaugural award to be presented annually

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi faculty and staff members who have consistently demonstrated excellence in advising students have been selected for special recognition.

Cyril “Cy” Rosenblatt, instructor in the political science department, and Erin Miller, assistant to the dean in the Patterson School of Accountancy, are the inaugural recipients of UM’s 2010 Excellence in Advising Awards. The annual awards, one for faculty and one for staff, were established to recognize outstanding academic advising and to enhance UM’s commitment to student service.

“This year’s winners will represent the University of Mississippi at the 2011 National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advising Awards,” said Kyle Ellis, assistant director of the Academic Support Center. “We realize we have outstanding advisers on this campus and feel that it is important to recognize them publicly. We were pleased with the number of applications we received and look forward to even larger numbers of nominees in the future.”

Each spring, the Ole Miss community is invited to nominate individuals who personify extraordinary advising service. Recipients are selected by the Academic Advising Network, with the awards being given by Provost Morris Stocks’ office.

Rosenblatt and Miller were recognized at the fall faculty meeting and fall academic advising network meeting, respectively. Each received a cash stipend and had their names engraved on a plaque. Both expressed surprise at the announcement.

“I am humbled by being selected to receive this recognition as I realize that countless other faculty are more deserving than I,” Rosenblatt said. “Without their involvement and support, I would not be able to complete the advising responsibilities that I have been given. Additionally, without the constant support of the College of Liberal Arts, I would be a complete failure.”

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this award, especially in its first year,” Miller said. “I know from experience as a former student and current adviser that quality academic advising is critical to serving students well and helping them have a positive experience at Ole Miss. I feel strongly that advising is more than just scheduling classes; it’s a rewarding process of developing relationships with students. And I look forward to continuing to serve the university in this role.”

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