Walker Award

Apr 17, 2017 John Stumbos
Three to be honored at May 2 reception for outstanding student advising

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Emma Martinez
Emma Martinez, Louie Yang, and Carly Tyer are the 2017 recipients of the Harry and Eleanor Walker Academic Advising Award. They will be honored at a reception May 2 at the Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Theater.

The award supports and recognizes excellence in advising in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We had an amazing pool of candidates this year, and it was difficult to identify only one awardee in each category,” said Susan Ebeler, CA&ES associate dean for undergraduate academic programs.

Emma Martinez is staff advisor for majors in the Department of Animal Science, including animal science, animal science and management, and the agricultural and environmental education majors. The selection committee cited her depth of contributions to academic advising, her innovation in the development of “advising refreshers” for students and faculty, and her strong advocacy for students.

Louie Yang is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. He was selected for the faculty advising award because of his focus on student diversity, helping students link their academic studies to research and other career goals, and for his innovative programs connecting high school students with undergraduate and graduate student mentors.

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Louie Yang

Carly Tyer is the peer advisor for the biotechnology major. She was selected for her commitment to student diversity and community and for her innovative contributions to academic advising, including a “Course Commentary Forum” and the “Speed Advising” event. Tyer has an impressive ability to connect students to advising resources.

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Carly Tyer

All advisors, faculty, staff, and students in the college are invited to attend the event, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Theater. RSVP here.

The late Harry O. Walker was a professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources for more than 40 years. He was a strong supporter of advising and served as a master advisor for undergraduate students. Walker once said, “One of my areas of interest is natural resources, and young people with active minds are our most important ‘natural resources.’ We as a community have an opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to maximize the capabilities of these individuals.”

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