SOJC Team Advising wins Merit Award for Outstanding Work

From start to finish, “Team Advising” — Sally Garner, Miranda Atkinson, Rachel Allen, Jimmy Grabow, Andrea Graham and Julia Morrill — accompany SOJC students on their academic journey. They are the first representatives to welcome students when they visit the UO; they advise those same undergraduates as they move through their degrees; they sign off on their graduation and then point them toward opportunities as they head into the workforce.

That mission— Recruit, Advance, Graduate, and Succeed — may seem simple, but students and faculty in the SOJC know just how hard reaching those four goals can be and they depend heavily of the “Team Advising” to steer them in the right direction.

It came as no surprise to those same faculty and students that Team Advising was awarded a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Program Certificate of Merit. The NACADA Award program honors institutions that make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising in higher education.

“Never have I worked with an advising team as caring, dedicated, innovative or solution-focused as SOJC’s Team Advising,” said Julie Newton, Edwin L. Artzt Interim Dean. “Their exceptional work plays a significant role in the success of our students.”

Sally Garner, director of student services, says the team of professional advisors is guided by the SOJC’s overall commitment to excellence and vision of Ethics, Innovation and Action. “We strive to be an exemplar for a professional advising unit on campus.”

Clearly, they are succeeding.