Western Carolina University’s first-year students recognized and thanked some of the key people in helping them during their initial collegiate experience.
“As our students prepare for the excitement of the end of their first year at WCU, we asked them to nominate those faculty, staff and graduate assistants who have been exemplary advocates for the class of 2019,” said Glenda Hensley, director of First Year Experience at WCU. “As we explained during the nomination period, an advocate is someone who you know has your best interest in mind ― someone who cares deeply about your success in and out of the classroom, someone you can count on to give you sound advice, and someone you know will be in your corner.”
This year, first-year students nominated 202 advocates. “This is a phenomenal statement about the quality of WCU faculty and staff,” she said.
FYE Advocate Awards were presented to three individuals. The faculty category had 14 finalists and the winner was Tara Peterson, assistant professor in health sciences. The staff category had six finalists and the winner was Veratta Pegram-Floyd, case manager in residential living. Among graduate student assistants there were three finalists and the winner was Meredith Oakley with the Higher Education Student Affairs Program.
For more information, go to http://www.wcu.edu/learn/academic-success/first-year-experience/about-fye/fyeadvocate.asp.