National Honor Awarded to Ashley Granger of LSU University College

09/19/2014 03:33 PM

BATON ROUGE – Ashley Granger – an academic counselor for LSU University College’s Center for Freshman Year, or UCFY – was recently named a recipient of the 2014 National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, Outstanding New Advising Award Primary Advising Role Certificate of Merit. Granger will be honored and presented this award at the National Academic Advising Association’s national conference in Minneapolis in October.


“LSU has been my home since 1995, and I am overjoyed to be a part of University College, a counseling unit that enables students once like myself to accomplish their academic and personal goals,” Granger said.


The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration, whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students. Granger was selected from a competitive pool of national and international candidates.


“Ashley has made a tremendous impact on our Center for Freshman Year and for the students who are enrolled in our division,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “Her enthusiasm and energy makes her an attractive campus ‘celebrity,’ and this has made a profound positive impact on the general perceptions of University College. She has assumed the responsibility of faculty advisor for the UCFY Student Council and has made significant efforts to bring typically weak council to a level of performance and respect among the college councils on our campus.”


Granger joins an award-winning cohort from University College that have received this prestigious national honor, including Andrea L. Jones in 2013, Annette L. Yancy in 2012, Joyce Wakefield in 2009 and Tim Fields in 2007.


“Ashley is an outstanding role model, mentor and advocate for students,” said Missy Korduner, assistant director of LSU First Year Experience. “She truly goes above and beyond to ensure each student has the support they need to be successful and confident in themselves and their ability to achieve. She not only supports them in their times of struggle, but celebrates them in their successes as well.”


“Ashley’s interest in public health, especially her skills in the areas of mental health, violence prevention, healthy relationships and education, proves that she is a great asset to the campus community,” said Racheal Hebert, executive director of Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center.


Granger is a licensed clinical social worker and a double graduate of LSU, with her Master of Social Work in 2005, Bachelor of General Studies in 1999. She joined LSU University College’s Center for Freshmen Year in 2011, with the prior six years with LSU Student Health Center, or SHC, as the health promotion coordinator. During her tenure with SHC, she co-coordinated the Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocacy – now called Lighthouse – and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs. She has also provided hundreds of presentations to the LSU student body on the topics health and wellness.


“My personal mission has always been providing students with the education and resources needed to become successful LSU students with the goal for them to become successful LSU alumni,” said Granger.


The faculty advisor for UCFY College Council and the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity at LSU, Granger was awarded Distinguished Chapter Advisor for Section 45 in recognition of her distinguished performance. Granger was a cast member of 2012 and 2013 productions of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” for V-Day Baton Rouge, with proceeds benefiting Baton Rouge’s Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center. She also serves as the volunteer service unit coordinator for Girls Scouts Louisiana East and troop leader.


Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars, and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.


Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. The goal of NACADA is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA’s membership has grown to over 10,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.
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Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014