Lynne Waugh ’89 ’92
Executive director of academic advising
2018 Harvey R. Durham Freshman Advocate Award
Appalachian State University
“Your work makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students — during their first year and throughout their entire time here at Appalachian.”
Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts on Lynne Waugh’s efforts to improve the freshman experience
BOONE, N.C. — For her contributions to improving the freshman experience on Appalachian State University’s campus, Lynne Waugh ’89 ’92 — executive director of academic advising in Appalachian’s University College — was selected as the 2018 Harvey R. Durham Freshman Advocate Award recipient.
Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts, along with Dr. Harvey Durham and his wife, Susan Durham, presented Waugh with a $1,000 award, an inscribed plaque and a medallion during an award ceremony held April 19 at the Appalachian House. Appalachian Food Services catered breakfast for the event.
When presenting Waugh the award, Everts said, “Your work makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students — during their first year and throughout their entire time here at Appalachian.”
The Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award honors persons who have demonstrated one or more of the following: extraordinary personal commitment to freshmen; effective exemplary instruction in freshman-level classes; sustained dedication to campus programs that support freshmen; outstanding individual commitment to programs that support freshmen; or outstanding individual commitment to freshman success. All instructional faculty, student development personnel, administrators and staff who have worked at Appalachian for at least three years are eligible.
The award is named in honor of Harvey Durham, who began his career at Appalachian in 1965 as an assistant professor of mathematics and has served in various roles — including vice chancellor for academic affairs and executive vice chancellor — during his 39 years at the university. Durham retired in 2004 after serving as acting chancellor for the 2003-04 academic year.
Of the three award nominees — Waugh, Dr. Don Presnell and Dr. Thomas Mueller — Dr. Michael Krenn, chair of the Durham Award Committee and professor in Appalachian’s Department of History, said, “Our nominees today have demonstrated extraordinary personal commitment to freshmen, have provided effective classroom instruction to freshman classes, have shown dedication to programs that have supported and served freshmen or have repeatedly exhibited exceptional individual commitment to freshman success.”
Presnell is associate director of advising in Appalachian’s University College, and Mueller is associate professor of advertising in the university’s Department of Communication.
Krenn also commented on Durham’s contributions to the Appalachian campus: “It was my very great honor to be hired during Durham’s watch in 2001, at which time I was informed that he basically ran the university via a bundle of note cards he kept tucked in his shirt pocket! However he did it, Durham was one of the keys to making Appalachian what it is today by constantly reminding us that we are here for the students.”
Other members of the Durham Award Committee include Kristin Hyle, assistant director of general education; Lillian Nave, senior lecturer in Appalachian’s University College; Christine Anderson, assistant director of academic advising in Appalachian’s University College; and Denise Goetz, the 2017 recipient of the Durham Award and academic advisor in the University College Academic Advising and Orientation Center (AAOC). As the newest recipient of the award, Waugh will hold a one-year appointment on the committee.
About University College
Formed in 2007, University College consists of the university’s general education program, faculty and staff support, and co-curricular programming and support – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside the classroom. All students at Appalachian begin their education in University College and benefit from its programs until they graduate. Learn more at https://universitycollege.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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