2014 Excellence in Advising Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Advisor Award winners

Kim Rambo-Reinitz received the 2015 NACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising–Professional Academic Advisor Award. She also received a 2015 NACADA Global Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Advising–Primary Role.

Dr. J. Josh Snodgrass received a 2015 NACADA Global Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Advising–Faculty Academic Advising.

You can read more about their regional and national recognition here: https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Events-Programs/Awards/Association-Awards/Award-Winners/2015-Award-Winners.aspx

Outstanding Faculty Advisor – Dr. J. Josh Snodgrass

SnodgrassDr. J. Josh Snodgrass, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, is the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Advisor. He bases his advising on the following tenets: high-quality advising, availability and approachability, close mentoring on experiential learning and the creation of research and outreach opportunities, and high expectations that encourage the pursuit of dreams. He does this while regularly teaching courses (including large lectures), leading a FIG program, directing a research laboratory, and mentoring students on original research projects. He is a true mentor, challenging students to exceed their own expectations and giving them the tools to do so. In a letter of support for Dr. Snodgrass’s nomination, department head Dr. Francis White noted that Dr. Snodgrass is amongst the top human biologists of his generation, “and yet he is an exemplary teacher and undergraduate student mentor.” Students nominations also demonstrated impact. A former student spoke of Dr. Snodgrass’s willingness “to not only provide his students with his own knowledge and perspective, but also support and cultivate their interests by pointing them toward multiple other sources of education and inspiration.”

Outstanding Professional Advisor – Kim Rambo-Reinitz

Rambo-ReinitzKim Rambo-Reinitz, Assistant Director of Academic Advising in the Lundquist College of Business (LCB), is the 2014 Outstanding Professional Advisor. She cites her own experience as a first-generation college student as the inspiration behind her efforts to empower students by guiding their individual success. She strives to provide a supportive environment, teaches students to engage in self-reflection, and takes care to consider all aspects of students’ lives. When discussing Ms. Rambo-Reinitz, Heather Bottorff, Director of Academic Advising in LCB, explains that the successful Peer Advising Program Ms. Rambo-Reinitz coordinates has become one of the most prestigious student leadership opportunities within the college. Ms. Rambo-Reinitz challenges and supports students, “fostering a transformative academic experience.” Letters of support from students echo Ms. Bottorff’s comments, and include statements such as, “Honestly, I owe where I am today to Kim.” The impact she has on her students is clear. They describe her as “more than just an advisor; she is a confidant, a teacher, and a motivator.”