Advising Council of U-M honors outstanding academic advisers


The Advising Council of U-M has recognized Jordan Long of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Leonora Lucaj in the College of Engineering for outstanding academic advising.

The ACUM Outstanding Advising Award, established in 2022, recognizes staff and faculty advisers from any school or college on the Ann Arbor campus.

Valeria Bertacco, vice provost for engaged learning, offered her congratulations to the ACUM award winners and all the nominees.

“Your work is critical in supporting the success of our students. The students’ testimonies that we read in the hundreds of nominations for these awards speaks to the enormous impact that staff and faculty advisers have on the lives of our students, impacting not only their educational outcomes, but also their well-being and engagement,” she wrote.

Long is an academic adviser for the Ford School’s Master of Public Policy program. Student nominators noted his expansive knowledge of U-M and Ford School resources, but especially his memory for students and care for them as individuals.

“Jordan works incredibly hard to make students feel comfortable and important at Ford. He clearly puts a lot of effort into the work he does to support students at the school,” MPP student Sarah Dieck wrote.

Lucaj is the undergraduate adviser in CoE’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. Student nominators stressed that she recognized them as whole persons.

“Leonora knows me on a first name basis and is willing to talk about our personal lives. I am not just a client, but a real person with a life outside of school,” writes IOE senior Nick Tran.

LSA also has announced its advising awards. They are:

• Frankie Quasarano of the Comprehensive Studies Program is the recipient of Ruth M. Sinclair Memorial Award, established in memory of a member of the Class of 1908 to recognize an outstanding general adviser in LSA.

• Bryna Worner, an undergraduate adviser at the International Institute, has received the Excellence in Departmental Advising Award, which recognizes LSA departmental advisers who exert consistent, positive contact with undergraduates in their classes or programs.

• Briana Lloyd, a student services assistant in the Residential College, is the recipient of the Unsung Champion of Advising Award, which recognizes individuals in LSA who are not formally designated advisers but influence and guide students in an informal mentoring capacity.

The award recipients were selected from among 456 advisers on the Ann Arbor campus based on 911 student nominations.


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