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Georgia Southern faculty, staff advisors win national honors

(l-r) Christy Mroczek, senior lecturer, Department of Writing and Linguistics, and Lan-Anh Vo, academic advisor in the Waters College of Health Professions, earned National Academic Advising Association Certificate of Merit Awards.

Georgia Southern University faculty and staff members Christy Mroczek and Lan-Anh Vo, respectively, have been honored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) with Certificate of Merit Awards.

Mroczek, senior lecturer in the Department of Writing and Linguistics and internships coordinator, earned the Certificate of Merit in the Faculty Advising category and Vo, academic advisor in the Waters College of Health Professions, earned the Certificate of Merit in the Outstanding New Advisor Award — Primary Advising Role.  

“I’m extremely proud of the commitment demonstrated by Georgia Southern faculty and staff to advise and mentor our students,” stated Associate Provost Christine Ludowise, Ph.D. “Our commitment to students and their success is at the heart of what we do in advising, and we seek to find the best ways to support students through their educational journey at Georgia Southern.  Having two National Certificate of Merit Award recipients is a great honor for Georgia Southern, and the competitive nature of the awards process provides us great feedback on the advising we provide.”

Criteria and scoring for NACADA awards are based on a culmination of the winners’ innovative approaches to effective academic advising, creativity in the delivery of academic advising services, ability to address problems, institutional commitment, impact of advising and the transferability of practices.

Mroczek and Vo will be honored at the NACADA Awards Ceremony at the organization’s national conference in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit



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