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Advisor Receives National Award

NACADA Recognition for the Fifteenth Time!

Deborah Hodge, senior academic advisor in the School of Nursing, has received a Certificate of Merit in the Primary Advising category from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

This marks the fifteenth time in the College’s 40 years that an Excelsior College advisor has been recognized by NACADA. Hodge will receive her Certificate of Merit at the annual awards ceremony and recep- tion to be held in Florida this fall.

Her nomination portfolio clearly established how highly respected she is by her colleagues and how deeply committed she is to her students. Hodge herself is the first to say how much she loves her profession: “I enjoy the entire advising process — knowing that I’m helping students realize their educational goals as well as their life goals. I have the pleasure of working with a diverse population, and despite the distance between myself and my advisees, I feel a strong connection with them.”

“I could go on and on about the good things Deb brings to academic advising at Excelsior College … and her willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of her in her advising role … I am so privileged that she is on my advising team.” — Sandra A. DerGurahian, Director of Advisement and Evaluation, School of Nursing

“Speaking with Ms. Hodge makes that personal connection with me … Her efforts confirmed in my mind that Excelsior College definitely was the right choice for me to fulfill my educational needs.”— Holly Mari Filer, RN

“Somehow just telling her thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that she did to assist me. Please help me show her how much she means to the students of Excelsior. She is really the best.” — Charles Blades, RN, BS in nursing

To nominate your advisor, please send an email to Betsy DePersis at, or fax 518-464-8777, or send a letter to the attention of Betsy DePersis. Include your name, student ID#, your advisor’s name, and a brief description of how your advisor has helped you work toward the completion of your college degree. We look forward to hearing from you.

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