September 11, 2020

Top of the class: 2020 Advisor Training Academy Awards announced

Wayne State University’s academic advisors play an integral role in helping students navigate their own personal path to graduation. From start to finish, academic advisors provide guidance and support by helping inform class and major selection, ensuring degree requirements and deadlines are met, and more. In addition to their routine duties, each of WSU’s 100 academic advisors have been working tirelessly to help students adapt to a largely online classroom environment, and addressing increasing and new student needs, questions, concerns and anxieties.

The Advisor Training Academy recognizes outstanding advisors annually in four categories. Recipients of the Advisor Training Academy Awards are nominated by students, supervisors or their peers for exceptional dedication, innovation and advising approach.

“An exceptional academic advisor can have a tremendous impact on a student and their success,” said Kate Bernas, director of the Advisor Training Academy. “Wayne State’s advisors consistently go above and beyond for their students. An advisor takes on so many roles —  they provide guidance, but they also serve as encouraging advocates. Their unwavering commitment to students — especially in these challenging times — is an inspiration to us all.”

The 2020 Advisor Training Academy Awards

Outstanding Academic Advisor

  •  Ryan Ferrante, department of political science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Outstanding New Academic Advisors:

  • Harman Singh, department of psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Shawntae Mintline, College of Education

Outstanding Advising Team

  • Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Science advising team: Moira Fracassa, Robert Hellar, Jessica Pfeiffer, Shauna Reevers

Transfer Advising Champion

  • Joyce Lien: engineering technology, College of Engineering

Additional information about the Advisor Training Academy Awards and this year’s recipients can be found online. To learn more about the Advisor Training Academy, visit

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