Motar Board - National College Senior Honor Society

Advising Awards

The Excellence in Advising Awards are given to Mortar Board chapter advisors who have demonstrated a commitment to the purpose of Mortar Board and who have gone above and beyond in their work with a collegiate chapter. Nominations are to be submitted from current collegiate members, and are due on or before March 15 of each year. Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee and recipients are announced annually at the Mortar Board National Conference.

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Excellence in Advising Award Winners 2018 

The Excellence in Advising Award honors advisors annually at the national conference for providing excellent guidance and support to a collegiate chapter. Nominations are made by the chapter. This year, Mortar Board honors two amazing advisors who dedicated themselves to their chapter’s success and advancement.

Maggie Rosa (University of Connecticut), advisor for the Akraia chapter at the University of Vermont, has been advising for 45 years and is an excellent role model and source of information. Her presence in a room demands attention because of the wisdom she carries about Mortar Board. She has been there every step of the way to help the chapter succeed, from the creation of a chapter timeline to fundraisers and everything in between. She is always there with an idea or a plan their chapter can use to increase their efforts. With her help, the chapter has raised several hundred dollars for their service projects. Going above and beyond in her duties, she even acquired a turkey for the chapter’s “friendsgiving”. This is Maggie’s second Excellence in Advising Award. Thanks to her leadership, Akraia has managed to stay on schedule and selected a stellar group of students to carry the torch.

Cathy Carlson is the associate dean of students at Carleton College and the advisor for the SERV chapter. She has been instrumental in helping recreate and revitalize the chapter. She challenged the chapter to come up with a new system for nominations and applications, which allowed for over 80 nominations and 20 incredible members. She helped her chapter host many events: from a Spelling Bee, to win paraphelnia, to a trick–or–treat for canned goods, for the local food bank. In the words of the chapter’s vice president, Dean Carlson is “hardworking, kind, smart, and dedicated. She has shown the members of the chapter the importance of hard work and dedication.” 

Excellence in Advising with Distinction Status

Washington State University - Sue Hinz

Hope College – Dr. Dianne Portfleet
University of South Alabama – Dr. Sally Steadman

Kansas State University - Candice Hironaka Pitts
University of San Diego - Judith Lewis Logue
San Diego State University - Dr. Jane K. Smith