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Eastern’s Anita Lee Named Outstanding Advisor by National Association

Published on October 23, 2018

Eastern’s Anita Lee Named Outstanding Advisor by National Association

 The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) recently presented the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Academic Advisor in a Faculty Role to Anita Lee, professor of health sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University. Lee was honored on Sept. 30, during NACADA’s annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ..

Lee is active in promoting student success in numerous capacities on campus. In addition to her teaching and faculty responsibilities, she has served as special assistant to the dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies (2015-2017); co-established the Student Excellence and Persistence System to promote student success, retention and support academically challenged students; and served as an advisor to Eastern’s Opportunity Scholars program, L.E.A.P., Eastern’s student leadership program and the University’s Asian Cultural Society student club.

Lee, a native of Hong Kong, believes education often occurs outside the classroom, and that involvement with external student activities can help one effectively connect with students.

“I believe cultivating connections with students in such an environment enhances student academic ownership, and is key to helping students set and achieve their academic and career goals. This national award belongs to all students and colleagues who worked with me at Eastern. It is impossible to promote student success without their support.”

Greg Hyman ’16, who is as an account executive for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Phoenix Suns, said “I was immediately impressed with Dr. Lee’s professional demeanor, strong interpersonal skills and accountability to fully maximize my academic career at Eastern. I can strongly say that I would not be working in the NBA today were it not for Dr. Lee’s devotion to helping me as my advisor.”

Melody Kramarz ’16, graduate student and research assistant in the field of exercise science at the University of Connecticut, said Lee’s advisement, instruction and motivation were key to her confidence and competence as she pursues a master’s degree.

“I was able to acquire the tools that have helped me secure a position as a research assistant in graduate school,” said Kramarz. “Dr. Lee’s inquisitive nature serves well during advisement sessions, as it allows for the fluid flow of student goals, ideas and interests into opportunities and documented achievements. Her unwavering work ethic, caring attitude and commitment to her students and institution make her very deserving of this award.”

NACADA was chartered as a non-profit organization in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students. NACADA has grown to more than 10,000 members consisting of faculty members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students.

Written by Dwight Bachman

Categories: Health Sciences