CSC News

May 13, 2011

Adams Honored as Recipient of the 2011 George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award

Dr. Barbara (Jasmine) Adams, director of undergraduate advising in the NC State Department of Computer Science, is a 2011 recipient of the George H. Blessis Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award

Dr. Adams was nominated by the Computer Science Department, where her students champion her tireless efforts to help them in every way possible, including academic advising, student group participation and career advice.
Dr. Adams sees the role of an academic advisor as being a teacher-mentor who can help students set goals and assist them with finding resources at the University that will help them to achieve those goals. A colleague writes, “Her dedication, professionalism, expertise, and her interactions with our undergraduates are enviable and exemplary, and deserve the highest marks. She has consistently received accolades and recognitions from both our students and their parents, as well as from our faculty.”
One student writes, “When I first attended the computer science commencement ceremony, I was awed when I saw the beaming pride with which she announced each undergraduate and the time she took to detail the achievements that each had attained.”
The Blessis Award was instituted by the College of Engineering to honor advisors who consistently and willingly give their time and effort to advising, counseling and mentoring their students. This award is a continuing memorial to George H. Blessis, whose interest in undergraduate education and advising served as an example to many faculty members and will always be the standard against which others measure their own accomplishments and efforts. Undergraduate students, who are beneficiaries of the faculty members’ time and energy, initiate all nominations.
Dr. Lianne A. Cartee, coordinator of undergraduate advising in the NC State Department of Biomedical Engineering, was also a winner of the Blessis Award.  The winners, selected by the College of Engineering Teaching and Advising Awards Committee, receive awards of $1,000 and a permanent plaque engraved with their names on display in Page Hall.


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