First awarded at the Bloomington Advisors Council Annual Meeting, February 24, 2006
The Bloomington Advisors Council was formed to “promote the quality of academic advising at Indiana University, Bloomington. To this end, it is dedicated to the support and professional growth of advisors.” (BAC Mission Statement)
The idea of an award for outstanding advising was discussed by the membership for several years before coming to fruition in 2006 through the efforts of the Campus Affairs committee and others. It seemed appropriate that such an award should also honor the memory of Terri Nation following her untimely death in 2003. Terri was a long-time advisor at IUB – an “advisor’s advisor” in the words of former BAC President Cindy Moore – and a friend and colleague to many in BAC.
This prestigious award recognizes the exceptional achievements of a member of BAC, who is nominated by one or more of his or her colleagues. The nominees must have demonstrated exceptional service in at least one of the following categories: Acdemic Advising, Service to the IUB campus and Service to BAC. Names of each year’s recipient will be inscribed upon a traveling plaque, and he or she will receive a keepsake plaque and a small honorarium.
Who can be nominated for the Terri Nation Outstanding Academic Advisor Award?
This prestigious award recognizes the exceptional achievements of a member of BAC and honors Terri Nation, who was for many years an outstanding academic advisor and friend on the IUB campus.
Nominees must be a member of BAC, have been an academic advisor on the IUB campus for one calendar year, have demonstrated exceptional service in at least one of the following categories - academic advising, service to the IUB campus, service to BAC.
Nominators must be a member of BAC, provide a short (250-500 word) rationale for the nomination with the nominee's name and title of his/her School or College (include department), request a supporting letter from the nominee's supervisor (i.e., Dean, Dept Chair, Director or immediate supervisor). Please be thoughtful about the work you know advisors perform that fits the criteria listed above and nominate a deserving colleague for this award.
About Terri Nation
(October 29, 1948 - December 14, 2003)
“She called her grandchildren ‘Little People’. She loved being an advisor and guiding the students along their way. Ill or not, she reached out...to assist people in need. She was proud of her family, her community and she loved working at IU. I felt blessed to know her.”
“Every year for the professional staff review, I would ask Terri to complete the review form for herself before coming to see me. Every year she would rate her work as 'fully satisfactory' and every year I would tell her 'no' and rate her work as 'exceeds expectations' or 'truly extraordinary.' Terri was modest to a fault, and tireless to a virtue. I miss her energy and spirit very much.”
“She was always an inspiration as an advisor. Terri had a great attitude and really enjoyed the students. She especially enjoyed [working with returning students] because she was so proud of her own degree completion later in life. Terri was very proud of her job as an advisor and worked hard to maintain a professional appearance and positive attitude. I still miss her!!!”
“One of the most extraordinary people I have ever met in my life is Terri Nation. I first met Terri [soon] after I had started academic advising... The feeling I was immediately struck with was how quick she was to make friends with me and how she made me feel welcome and appreciated, even though she did not know me very well. She was dedicated to her students and her colleagues, and Indiana University Bloomington will always be a better place because of her.”
“She was a mother, an active member of her church, a traveler, a returning student and an academic advisor with IU since 1991... Many students were successful due to her interest and assistance.For many of us she was an inspiration. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation...and yet she remained upbeat, energetic and interested in those around her – students and staff alike. Terri was...a truly remarkable lady who touched all of us, as a colleague, mentor, coach...and as a true friend.”