Dave Solley, undergraduate program coordinator of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, has been selected as an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient by the National Academic Advising Association. The award is presented through NACADA as part of the 2012 annual awards program.
Solley has been advising undergraduate students for the past four years at WVU and was previously the commander of the University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion. He was selected as an outstanding advisor by the Statler College earlier this year and won the University’s Nick Evans Award for outstanding advising in 2010.
“I’m honored to be recognized by the NACADA,” said Solley. “They’re an organization that truly believes academic advising is an important part of the educational experience.”
The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising, and to those who promote professional development to enhance the educational outcomes of the students. Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. The goal of NACADA is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership in order to enhance the educational experience of the students.
“This new national-level award is yet another testimony to the tremendous role that Dave has played in recent years in enhancing the levels of satisfaction and retention of our students by dedicating his personal attention and valuable guidance to every MAE student, frequently from the sophomore level all the way to graduation,” said Jacky Prucz, professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Solley will be honored and presented with this award in Nashville, Tenn., during the NACADA Annual Conference this fall.
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