The role of academic advisors and support staff are critical to student success at The University of New Mexico making it important to recognize their excellence.

This year, the Provost Committee for Advising (PCA) and the Provost’s Committee for Staff (PCS) collaborated to present awards in five categories recognizing the achievements of these important staff members.

PCS Outstanding Workgroup Award
PCS Outstanding Workgroup Award – UNM Care Team

The categories included: Outstanding Staff Awards, Outstanding Workgroup Award, Kindness Award, Excellence in Advising for Academic Advisors and Excellence in Advising for Integrated Advisors.

PCA awards are presented to two academic advisors and two integrated advisors, while PCS awards are presented in three categories.

Academic advisors work in a college providing academic guidance in students’ degree programs. Integrated advisors provide support and advocacy to specific populations with a holistic approach.

PCA Group
(l. to r.): PCA Advising Award winners - Daniel Noriega-Lucero, Michelle Lee, Daniel Begay and Brian Ferguson.

The awardees are as follows:

  • PCA Excellence in Advising for Integrated Advisors – Daniel T. Begay and Brian Ferguson
  • PCA Exellence in Advising for Academic Advisor Award – Daniel Noriega-Lucero and Michelle L. Lee
  • PCS Outstanding Staff Award – Erika Elwell, Dayra Fallad-Mendoza and Randall Starling
  • PCS Outstanding Workgroup Award – UNM Care Team
  • PCS Kindness Award – Jenna Crabb

The recipients were honored recently at the Provost’s Staff Awards Reception. A plaque and a monetary award was presented to each individual at the ceremony.

Nominations were submitted by students, faculty and staff. The recipients were chosen by a diverse group of people.

Dayra Fallad-Mendoza
Dayra Fallad-Mendoza, PCS Outstanding Staff Award
Erika Elwell
Erika Elwell, PCS Outstanding Staff Award

“The annual staff awards ceremony is a great event and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.. We have outstanding staff that put in hard work every day, work that lies at the heart of our academic mission," said Interim Provost Rich Wood. "At the end of the year, it's fitting that in addition to celebrating our graduating students, we also celebrate all the people who helped them along the way. These folks inspire all of—faculty and staff—to put students and our mission first in all that we do."

The Provost's Committee for Staff was founded almost 30 years ago and is comprised of staff members in areas of the university that report to the Provost.

The committee was created to assist the Provost in providing opportunities for staff development, recognition and service.

Jenna Crabb
Jenna Crabb, PCS Kindness Award
Randall Starling
Randall Starling, PCS Outstanding Staff Award

The Provost’s Committee for Advisors award was established in 2013. In the past University College had managed advisor awards, but the practice stopped in the late 1990’s. 

UNM revived the practice instituting a campus-wide award for academic advisors to showcase outstanding advising that is conducted across UNM. 

For more information, visit Provost’s Committee for Staff.