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IU university division advisor receives Terri Nation Outstanding Academic Advisor award

Apr. 20, 2016

The Bloomington Academic Advising Council has named Connie Hanson the recipient of the 2016 Terri Nation Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. Hanson is an academic advisor in University Division and is the tenth recipient of the award since its inception in 2006.

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In her work in University Division, Connie Hanson supports students as they discover their interests and develop their academic goals. She has served as an academic advisor at IU Bloomington for more than 33 years. | Photo By ric cradick, iu communications

In her work in University Division, Hanson supports students as they discover their interests and develop their academic goals. She has served as an academic advisor at IU Bloomington for more than 33 years.

"During her more than 30 years as an advisor Connie has been unflagging in her dedication to her students' success," said Elizabeth Guertin, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education and executive director of advising. "Her joy in her work with students and her abiding interest in helping each student thrive and realize their potential is evident in every interaction with Connie. Among her colleagues Connie is known for her generosity and kindness and for her encyclopedic knowledge of curriculum, policies and procedures. She is the person any student or advisor feels comfortable contacting when they need information or advice"

Hanson has represented University Division on the campus general education committee and arts and humanities subcommittee, and she co-chaired the University Division best practices and exploratory advising committee. She recently presented at National Academic Advising Association conferences on the topic of creating and maintaining in-house advising guides.

Her colleagues cite her warm demeanor, professionalism and expertise as outstanding traits worthy of recognition.

"Connie's excellence begins with her interactions with her students and her determination to know them as individuals in order to help them get the most from their experience at IU," said Mary O'Shea, director of advising and first year initiatives. "I am invariably reminded of how important the relationship between the student and the advisor is to student success."

The Bloomington Academic Advising Council created the award in memory of the late Terri Nation, who served as an academic advisor on the Bloomington campus for more than 10 years. Inspired by Nation's service, the award recognizes advisors who have demonstrated exceptional academic advising, campus, or Bloomington Academic Advising Council service and have been nominated by one or more colleagues.

"Terri Nation was a friend and mentor in my early days of advising," said Hanson. "I have always tried to exhibit the same excellence in curricular knowledge and great personal warmth that Terri extended toward students and colleagues alike. Receiving this eponymous award is a tremendous honor."

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