AAN Awards

Academic Advising Network Awards

2020 AAN Award Winners

Gopher Spirit: Annie Bigley, Economics

The Gopher Way: Kelly Thomas, Computer Science

Rising Star: Gayle Smaller, Jr., MLK

Oracle: Thúy M. Đoàn, Learning Abroad Center

Gold(y) Standard: Aya Maruyama, CAPE

Ski-U-Mah: Beck Mooney, Korrina Griffith, Tiffany Murphy, Maryanne Williams Smoczyk, and Mary Simonsen, CLA Departmental Advising

Recipients must be professional staff who work with matriculated students, help with retention and degree progress, and assist with student academic success. Individuals may self-nominate. 

All nominations require an essay with a 500-word limit that outlines how the nominee demonstrates the qualifications for the award and exemplify the  AAN purpose and guiding principles.

The nomination form is closed for the 2020 awards and will re-open in January of 2021. 

The awards are given as part of the Tate Advising Conference in the spring semester. 

Rising Star

Outstanding new advising professional

0-4 years in advising; 0-3 years at the UMTC

Demonstrated commitment to AAN Guiding Principles of Collaboration, Innovation, and Diversity

Award: $300

Criteria:

  • Goes above and beyond expectations to enhance the advising community and student experience.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to move initiatives forward and effect positive change across the University.
  • Challenges status-quo to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment in advising.

Gold(y) Standard

Outstanding mid-range advising professional who has a commitment to student success

At least 5 years in advising and at least 1 year at UMTC

Demonstrated commitment to AAN Guiding Principles of Collaboration, Professionalism, and Diversity

Award: $300

Criteria: 

  • Collaborates readily with colleagues to enhance a common vision and more effectively support the students that office serves.
  • Builds networks and relationships across campus to enhance understanding and cooperation on campus.
  • Develops a high level of understanding of University policies, unit procedures, privacy regulations, curricular requirements, and referrals to campus services.*
  • Communicates in an inclusive and culturally aware manner. Strives to educate themselves and those around them on issues of power and privilege.

Oracle

An advisor with institutional and historical knowledge and a commitment to the University and advising profession

Approximately 15 years at UMTC

Demonstrated commitment to AAN Guiding Principles of Accessibility, Professionalism, Innovation, and Diversity

Award: $300

Criteria:

  • Is a leader in the advising community and pushes the boundaries to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  • Shares knowledge and resources to benefit the professional growth of individual colleagues and the community.

Gopher Spirit

An advisor who contributes to a positive office culture;  is inclusive and brings others up

Demonstrated commitment to AAN Guiding Principles of Collaboration, Fellowship, and Diversity

Award: $300

Criteria:

  • Builds a sense of community and connection amongst others around them.
  • Shares knowledge and resources to benefit the professional growth of individual colleagues and the community.
  • Commitment to increase the overall department or unit performance while also reaching out to work with others from across campus 
  • Communicates in an inclusive and culturally aware manner. Strives to educate themselves and those around them on issues of power and privilege.

The Gopher Way

An advisor who models inclusivity, accessibility, and advocacy

Demonstrated commitment to AAN Guiding Principles of Diversity, Accessibility, Fellowship

Award: $300

Criteria:

  • Communicates in an inclusive and culturally aware manner. Strives to educate themselves and those around them on issues of power and privilege.
  • Engages actively in consultation with others as a way to improve their methods and is inviting when others are looking for guidance or collaboration.
  • Enhances others’ view and understanding of the advising profession.

Ski-U-Mah Collaboration

Presented to a group of individuals who have implemented, created, or saw through a major project or initiative together 

At least 2 teammates required for nomination

Demonstrated commitment to AAN Guiding Principles of Collaboration, Innovation, and Diversity

Award: team lunch to the Campus Club

Criteria:

  • Project or initiative is large in scope and had a positive impact on students and/or advisors
  • At least one team member must be an academic advisor. All other team members can be other University faculty, staff, or students.