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Reading Program at Le Moyne Receives National Recognition

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Common Reading Program, part of the First-Year and Transition Programs at Le Moyne College, has received an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Susan Ames, director of the program, will be presented with the award at a reception this fall, during NACADA's annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“A high-quality academic advisement program is an integral component of the student experience. The national recognition of our advisement program reflects our commitment not only to recruit students but also to ensure their success at Le Moyne College,” said Le Moyne Provost Dr. Linda LeMura. “I applaud Sue and everyone in the Academic Advisement Center for this wonderful and well-deserved award.”

This past year, in addition to the traditional roll-out of a summer reading theme as part of the Common Reading Program, Le Moyne created a social networking site (Ning) for the first-year class. Incoming students were able to access excerpts from four recent political and technology books through the electronic reserves at the Noreen Reale Falcone Library, and could discuss the readings with each other, blog about the issues and connect with their peers and with the College, well before their arrival on campus.

Le Moyne has been consistently recognized by NACADA: last year Associate Dean Anne Herron was awarded a research grant; in 2007 the College received a certificate of merit for advising technology innovation; and in 2006 Dr. Jeff Chin was given a certificate of merit in the outstanding advising faculty category, while Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. accepted a pacesetter award, given to the chief academic officer who exemplifies a true commitment to advising.  

Each year, since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. The association’s goal is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students.

 

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posted on: 5/6/2009