CBU Selects Varriano and Sable 2013 Outstanding Academic Advisors

Dr. John Varriano (left photo) and Dr. Jeffrey Sable (right photo) with Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, and Dr. Kelli Hefner, CBU Dean of Academic Services.

Memphis Dr. John A. Varriano, Chair of the Physics & Natural Science department, at Christian Brothers University (CBU) was selected as the 2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year and Dr. Jeffrey Sable, Assistant Professor of Behavior Science, was named the Outstanding New Academic Advisor of the Year during CBU’s recent Academic Convocation.

The Outstanding Academic Advisor awards are presented annually to faculty members who go above and beyond to serve as academic advisors to CBU students. To be considered for the Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year, a faculty member must have five or more years of advising experience. In reflecting on this achievement, Varriano notes, “It’s a real honor to be recognized by my advisees and the CBU community. Teaching and advising are the two main ways that I can help students, and I feel fortunate that these two activities are such a key part of what makes CBU so special.”

To be selected as the Outstanding New Academic Advisor, a faculty member must have less than five years of advising experience. “Advising is a uniquely personal way of teaching, in which we help to apply the mortar that pulls various academic pieces together into a pattern that’s appealing to each student as an individual,” said Sable this year’s receipient. “It has been very encouraging to hear such positive feedback from my advisees, as well as my peers.”

The candidates for the awards are selected based on results from a survey that CBU students complete on their advising experience. Student comments and nominations for their advisors are also solicited and considered. Finalists for the awards are then reviewed and the winners chosen by a selection committee.

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