Jon Gayer received the Greek Advisor of the Year award at the annual Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV)-West conference in San Diego, Calif. recently. The award is bestowed to recognize a campus-based fraternity or sorority advisor who personifies the ideals of the profession and the core fraternal values of the organizations with which the advisor works. Only one award is offered in each region.
Gayer, a student activities advisor, has been employed at UNM for nine years. After working for his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, for two years, he earned his masters degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from UNL.
During his tenure as the Greek advisor at UNM the membership in fraternities and sororities has doubled and there has been an increase in the overall grade point average as well as the level of community service.
To qualify professional advisors must have been nominated by an undergraduate student. The nominee must have been in the profession for a minimum of three years, and two of those years at the current institution. Finally, the nominee must be recognized as a campus advisor by the university and/or fraternal community.