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Two IUPUI University College staff receive National Academic Advising Association awards

Gwen Chastain
Gwen Chastain View print-quality imagePhyllis Gatewood Washington
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May 29, 2012

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Chosen from candidates representing multiple universities worldwide, two Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis student advisors will receive recognition as outstanding advisors this fall.

Phyllis Gatewood Washington and Gwen Chastain will receive awards from the National Academic Advising Association at the association’s national conference in Nashville this October.

Washington, program coordinator for IUPUI’s Twenty-First Century Scholars program, has been awarded a 2012 NACADA Outstanding Institutional Advising Program award for her work and development of the Peer Mentor Program. She has distinguished herself through innovative and/or exemplary practices resulting in improvement of academic advising service.

The Twenty-First Century Scholars’ Peer Mentor Program is designed to assist first-year students as they transition into the IUPUI community, have a positive impact on student success and enhance student learning. From 2006 to 2012, mentee participation has increased from 34 to 230 scholars. Most importantly, scholars who participated in the program were retained at an increased rate of 16 percent over the past five years.

“Encouragement and support are the key elements we give our scholars while attending IUPUI,” Washington said.

Chastain, coordinator of academic services with Student Support Services, will be recognized as a 2012 NACADA Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient in the Academic Advising--Primary Role. Chastain’s exceptional guidance has provided students with knowledgeable mentors and positive experiences at IUPUI.

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 consists of nearly 10,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs worldwide 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.

For more information, contact Harriett Bennett at 317-274-5036 or email