Advisor awarded for outstanding work with students, as student
Glenda Jurek-Rahe, an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University, works hard to help students. Herself an alumna and a grad student at Texas State, she knows how to make the most of a college education. Recently, her peers recognized her exceptional skills as a student and an advisor by awarding her the Texas Academic Advising Network Scholarship.
Jurek-Rahe, who has been an academic advisor at Texas State for nine years, was nominated for the scholarship by fellow advisors at the university. She was named as the scholarship winner at the 2011 TEXAAN Conference, held Feb. 23-25 in College Station.
“I felt disbelief, humbled, excited, grateful, thrilled, and I cried,” says Jurek-Rahe, of being told she’d won the award.
The TEXAAN Scholarship, given annually to an outstanding academic advisor who is a TEXAAN member, supports a primary goal of the network: promoting the professional training of advisors.
Jurek-Rahe earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and anthrolopology from Texas State, working as a student assistant before being hired as an administrative assistant in the University Seminar office and the Department of Anthropology.
“I became acquainted with many undergraduates in the anthropology program, but I wanted to do more,” she says. “I wanted to help students more on a one-on-one basis.”
As an academic advisor, she gets to do just that.
“It is a great pleasure for me to see the students that I have advised as they are preparing to walk into Strahan Coliseum on the day of their commencement,” she says. “They are very grateful for the help that they received.”
Jurek-Rahe is currently completing her MA in interdisciplinary studies, majoring in occupational education, to further her own education and “to help with advising my Liberal Arts majors,” she says. She expects to graduate in December.
Visit the Liberal Arts Advising Center website for more information on Jurek-Rahe or to schedule an appointment with an advisor.