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NACADA Region 6 honors from SDSU

NACADA Region 6 has recognized four individuals from South Dakota State University for advising excellence.

Marissa Caskey, Nicole Gertken, Nicole Grove and Meagan Irvine-Miller were recognized in the following areas:

  • Caskey, graduate student scholarship;
  • Gertken, Excellence in Advising - Advisor Primary;
  • Grove, Excellence in Advising - Faculty Advisor; and
  • Irvine-Miller, Excellence in Advising - New Advisor.

They are the first SDSU individuals to be honored since Jody Owen and Howard Bonnemann were recognized in 2018. Owen received the Excellence in Advising-Advising Administrator Award while Bonnemann was chosen for the Excellence in Advising-Faculty Advisor Award. Brooke Walker was a 2015 Region 6 graduate student scholarship recipient.

Nicole Gertken
Nicole Gertken

“We’ve really invested in academic advising and it’s done a couple of things for us,” said Owen, who is the director of SDSU’s Wintrode Student Success Center and coordinator for Undergraduate Academic Advising. “It has improved the quality of our advising, and that also means we have more academic advisors who are competitive when applying for regional awards. We know a quality advising program consists of three things: good training, good assessment of advising and rewards/recognition.”

Gertken, a professional academic advisor in Wintrode, puts in extra hours to make sure advisees get the support needed, according to Owen.

“Nicole does a great job of providing them the help and information needed but also challenges them to learn how to do things on their own,” Owen said.

Nicole Grove
Nicole Grove

Grove, a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was honored earlier this semester as the recipient of SDSU’s Timothy J. Nichols Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence.

“Nicole really cares about her students and invests a lot of time in learning information to help her be a good academic advisor and in developing her relational skills so she’s able to connect well with her advisees,” Owen said.

Meagan Irvine-Miller
Meagan Irvine-Miller

Irvine-Miller, who is also a professional academic advisor in Wintrode, was a graduate assistant in the center before starting in her current position.

“She’s taken a lot of initiative to create resources for students,” Owen said. “She develops handouts for students, and most recently, she read a learning strategies book to improve her skills. Meagan now uses that knowledge to train fellow academic advisors.”

Marissa Caskey
Marissa Caskey

Caskey is a graduate assistant with the center’s academic success and recovery program.

“Marissa has really committed to developing her skills in the field of academic advising and has also put in more hours than necessary to make sure she’s diversifying her experience,” Owen said.