Having been honored on campus earlier this year, Mississippi State professional Rachel Singleton will now travel to the Windy City to be recognized at the highest level for helping students successfully complete their university course work.
Receiving the National Academic Advising Association's 2008 Outstanding Advising Awards, Singleton is the coordinator of student services in the College of Forest Resources.
Chartered in 1979 and referred to typically by its acronym, NACADA has a membership of more than 10,000. From headquarters in Manhattan, Kan., it represents faculty members, professional advisers, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs who work daily to serve the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students.
For many years, MSU has had at least one annual NACADA award winner.
In recent years, the campus-level awards have carried the name of Irvin Atly Jefcoat, a former faculty member much honored for his lifelong commitment to student advising.
Singleton, academic coordinator for the College of Forest Resources since 1998, was selected for the 2008 Jefcoat Excellence in Advising/Primary Role Award. Prior to joining the forest resources staff, she held a similar position in the university's College of Business.
A bachelor's- and master's-degree graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Singleton holds adjunct faculty positions in marketing and continuing education, as well as a CFR guest lectureship.
After returning from Illinois, Singleton will be involved Oct. 7 with the Mississippi Advisers' Meeting that annually brings together colleagues from all levels of the state's public and private higher education. The MAM gathering takes place this year on the Mississippi State campus.
In 2009, the university also will be host for NACADA's Southeast/Region IV annual meeting March 15-17.