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IU Bloomington Staff Members Receive National Recognition
Updated May 26, 2016 6:31 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The National Academic Advising Association recently selected two Indiana University Bloomington staff members for excellence in advising services awards.

Connie Hanson, academic advisor in University Division, received a 2016 Outstanding Advisor Award. Mark Hurley, director of advising for the College of Arts and Sciences, received an Outstanding Advising Administrator Award.

Each year, the association honors staff and faculty from colleges and universities across the country to recognize and promote excellent academic advising. Recipients will receive their awards at the organization's annual conference Oct. 5 to 8 in Atlanta.

Connie Hanson

Hanson has advised students in University Division since 1983. She was previously recognized with the University Division Outstanding Academic Advisor Award in 1994 as well as the campus-wide Terri Nation Outstanding Academic Advisor Award this year.

She served as the interim trainer to new University Division and University Division affiliate advisors during the 2014-15 academic year. With short notice, she produced a strong training curriculum and shared her wealth of knowledge with incoming advising professionals.

Hanson contributes to the University Division guidelines website, which is accessed by more than 200 advisors on campus, and she has presented at regional and national advising conferences on the topic of creating an in-house guide for advisors.

"Though Connie has significantly contributed to the development and improvement of academic advising at IU Bloomington, it is her devotion to student success on campus through her undivided and individualized attention to each student she advises that is exemplary," said Dennis Groth, vice provost for undergraduate education. "She is an invaluable part of University Division, and we are grateful for her service and expertise."

Mark Hurley

Hurley has served since July 2011 as director of advising for the College of Arts and Sciences, where he oversees the work of 45 staff members who serve more than 10,000 students. He previously held positions in University Division as the assistant director of advising and the coordinator for advisor training.

Hurley helped facilitate the launch of a pilot program in the School of Global and International Studies that integrates academic and career advising for undergraduate students and the creation of the "College to Career II" course led by academic and career advisors. His proposal of a major guides project, which established online guides for each major offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, was approved and fully developed under his leadership.

Serving as president of the Bloomington Academic Advisors Council, Hurley contributed to professional development opportunities for all advisors across campus. He has also actively participated in the Directors of Advising group of campus advising leaders, where he helped compose a new advising metrics report, shaped a proposed promotional structure for academic advisors and organized retreats for academic and career advisors to further develop collaboration.

"Mark brings a fresh, creative energy to our advising efforts here in the College," said Larry Singell, executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "He has come up with innovative models and tools to help our students better navigate a path through both their undergraduate and post-college careers.

"Mark leads an accomplished team of academic advisors who share his commitment to our students' intellectual and professional development. We in the College are delighted that Mark has been justly honored as a national leader in advising administration."

The National Academic Advising Association, founded in 1979, promotes the quality of academic advising in institutions of higher education. NACADA is dedicated to the support and professional growth of academic advisors, administrators and the advising profession. Through its publications and conferences, it provides a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas regarding the role of advising in higher education.

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