Accounting professor Cole Engel recognized with global faculty advising award

Cole Engel

HAYS, Kan. - Dr. Cole Engel, assistant professor of economics, finance and accounting at Fort Hays State University, was selected as an Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Faculty Advising category as part of the 2017 NACADA Global Awards Program.

NACADA's faculty academic advising category is for individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching but who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students. Engel received his award at a ceremony and reception on October 11 at the NACADA Annual Conference in St. Louis.

"I am deeply honored by this award and incredibly humbled by the nomination letters submitted on my behalf," said Engel. "Ultimately, this recognition is not about my success. Rather, it is about the success of my students. Without them, my work as a university professor and academic advisor is not needed. Each day, I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the next generation of talent."

Engel has been recognized at FHSU with the 2012 Navigator Award, the 2016 W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship Faculty Advisor Award, and the 2016 FHSU Edmund Shearer Faculty Advisor Award.

One of Engel's accounting advisees, Hays senior Adam Schibi, said Engel establishes lasting relationships with each advisee, works to maximize the potential in each individual, makes time for his advisees by coming in early and staying late, and monitors progress for each person.

"Dr. Engel has not only exemplified what an academic advisor should be, he has made a tremendous impact on my life," said Schibi. "The impact he makes every day is one that is more than deserving of the NACADA Outstanding Faculty Academic Advising Award."

"The nomination for Dr. Engel was easy to pull together," said Dr. Patricia Griffin, director of the Center for Academic Advising and Career Exploration at FHSU. She compiles the nominations for FHSU's Shearer advising award each year.

"There was more support from students, colleagues and administrators than could be submitted for the award," she said. "I am pleased to see that he has been recognized for this global award and his academic advising of FHSU students."

Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA's membership has grown to over 13,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students.

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