Fort Hays State University professor Dr. Fred Britten, professor of communication disorders, received an award for Outstanding Faculty Advising at the National Academic Advising Association conference. The award recognizes outstanding advising qualities from individuals involved in faculty advising. Britten was also the FHSU 2005 Edmund Shearer Faculty Advisor of the Year.
Dr. Mark Stutz, director of Athletic Training Education Program, Dr. Patricia Griffin, director of Academic Advising Center, and Caroline Fox, coordinator of academic advising and career exploration, also attended the NACADA conference in Indianapolis, Ind. NACADA that promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education.
"NACADA conferences have been a great professional development opportunity for numerous FHSU participants over the years," said Griffin. "The knowledge gained from a variety of tracks have influenced the academic advising structure and day-to-day practices at our institution."
The theme for the conference was "Diverse Advising for a Diverse World," and included educational sessions, presentations from prominent individuals in higher education and an opportunity to network with career peers. Griffin and Fox gave a presentation titled “When Hope and Fear Collide: The Non-Threatening Approach to Affinity Diagrams." It included information on understanding, creating and implementing an affinity diagram for academic advising.
Stutz, a past NACADA Advising Award winner, presented "Pursing Advanced Health Professions: The Undergraduate Faculty Advisor's Role as a Resource for Students," which examined successful strategies in advising students pursuing an advanced degree in the health professions.
Several FHSU retirees were recognized at the conference, including Susan Boos, Charles Frankenfeld, Dr. Richard Heil, Dr. Art Hoernicke, Dr. Ray Johnson, Dr. Tom Newton and Dr. Brent Spaulding.