FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Ask almost any student who the most important person is in their college career, and odds are the majority will reply that person is their academic advisor. Today (Wednesday, April 4, 2012) Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne honored two people as the finest academic advisors of the 2011–12 school year. Bob Brewer and Suleiman Ashur were named as the outstanding advisors at the Academic Advising luncheon this noon on campus. Both Brewer and Ashur received plaques and $500 awards to be used toward professional development.
Brewer spent nine years as an academic advisor in the Mastodon Advising Center and just recently became the assistant director of the Mastodon Academic Performance Center, which is part of the Office of Student Affairs. Last fall, Brewer advised 372 enrolled and active students, more than any other advisor in the MAC office. In making the nomination of Brewer, Mary Lehto, assistant director of MAC, wrote, “Even though Bob is busy, he finds the time to develop connections with his students. One student frequently told Brewer she didn’t think she was college material. Brewer always listened to her and was able to point out all her accomplishments and remind her of all she had done. She left each advising session knowing Brewer was there to offer support and encouragement and to help her find the motivation to succeed in the next semester.” Brewer’s wife, Lesa Vartanian, associate professor of psychology, is a past recipient of the Academic Advisor of the Year Award.
Ashur has been advising the civil engineering students for six years and believes “advising students is one of the most critical tasks to the long-term success of the civil engineering program at IPFW.” An online survey conducted by the Registrar’s office found that 98 percent of those responding agreed or highly agreed that Ashur is an effective advisor and someone they would recommend to other students. One student wrote, “I have switched my major twice in my time here at IPFW. I’ve spoken with at least ten different academic advisors in several different departments. Suleiman Ashur is, by far, the best academic advisor I’ve dealt with.”
For more information on the award, contact Irwin Mallin, Outstanding Advisor Award committee member, at 260-481-6553 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Brewer can be contacted at 260-481-6135 or email@example.com; Ashur can be contacted at 260-481-6080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.