National Honor Awarded to LSU College of Science Counselor and Advisor Robby S. Bowen

09/23/2014 03:48 PM

BATON ROUGE – Robby S. Bowen, academic counselor and pre-health advisor for LSU College of Science, has been selected as an Outstanding Advising Award Winner from the National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA. Bowen will head to Minneapolis in October to be recognized at the highest level for academic advising.


“The relationship between academic advisor and student is dynamic, always evolving and focusing on success,” said Bowen. “Although we are not instructors, advisors teach every day by providing information and encouraging self-discovery and exploration. We celebrate accomplishments, share disappointments and travel the pathway of life during a very important time.”


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. Bowen was selected from a competitive pool of national and international candidates.


Bowen joins other award-winning counselors and advisors from LSU that have received this prestigious national honor including Ashley Granger in 2014, Andrea L. Jones in 2013, Annette L. Yancy in 2012, Joyce Wakefield in 2009, Rachel L. Singleton in 2008 and Tim Fields in 2007.


“Robby is an ethical advisor, innovative team-member and strong leader,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “His professional accomplishments with University College and the College of Science are a testament to the highest quality of academic advising LSU supports.”


“After 16 years of advising, I remain enthusiastic because of the great relationships I have formed with thousands of LSU students and advisors,” Bowen said. “I take pride in giving accurate information and in sharing honest advice that is not always easy to hear, but always presented in ways that offer another avenue of success without crushing spirits and ending dreams.”


Bowen is a licensed professional counselor with a Master of Science degree in psychology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Bachelor of Science in management and administration and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from LSU. He joined the LSU College of Science staff in 2000, with the prior two years dedicated to advising students at LSU University College’s Center for Freshman Year. Bowen is the vice president of the Southern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.


“Robby exemplifies the best in advising,” said Martha Cedotal, assistant dean of the LSU College of Science. “His commitment and genuine concern for students make him a valuable asset to students, faculty, colleagues, the university and the health profession. Robby has, is and will continue to have a tremendous impact on the lives of LSU students.”


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 more than 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 Tuesday, September 23, 2014