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FHSU publications win awards


Special to the HDN

Two student affairs publications at Fort Hays State University have won national awards for usefulness and innovation.

The university received the 2013 Outstanding Advising Technology Innovation Award through the National Academic Advising Association for TigerCentral Online Advising Notes.

University advisers use TigerCentral in place of a paper filing system for information regarding majors and minors, enrollment and adviser information. The electronic filing system helps keep student information from getting lost or shredded.

Patricia Griffin, director of the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center, nominated the advising notes publication and attended the NACADA annual conference to accept the award in Salt Lake City.

The FHSU New Student Success planner, given to new students at freshman pre-enrollment was awarded the Outstanding Orientation Handbook (grayscale or black-and-white category) from the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education.

Christine Hunziker, administrative assistant in AACE, has put the planner together since 2009. The university provides its students with the handbooks containing information regarding general university information, campus services, and policies and requirements. It also includes a campus directory and map with a coupon to the university's bookstore.

FHSU was announced as an award winner at the NODA annual conference in San Antonio. Brett Bruner, director of persistence and retention, submitted the planner.