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Frank Earns National Award

The National Academic Advising Association selected ECU academic adviser Amy Frank (Technology and Computer Science) for its highest honor, the 2007 Advising Award in a Primary Role.

“Amy has truly gone above and beyond the scope of her job in the Advising Center to ensure that students remain current in their academic quest for a degree,” said Mary Gabrielsen, College of Technology and Computer Science advising director and lead academic adviser.

Amy Frank

“We are extremely proud of the work she has accomplished here. It is very clear that she becomes heavily invested in the success of each one of our students.”

Frank has excelled as academic advisor for students in distance education and in the bachelor of science in industrial technology program. She is often the first contact for students wishing to complete the degree, and she works to ensure that each student pursues his or her best path toward a degree.

Formal presentation of the award will take place at the organization’s national conference in October. Don Joyner, ECU associate vice chancellor for Academic Services, presented Frank with a plaque April 26, during ECU’s Academic Advisers reception.

“When ECU made the decision to move to a professional advising model, we had a vision of staffing all the schools and colleges with caring and knowledgeable professionals who had an intimate knowledge of developmental needs of our students,” said Joyner.

“Amy could be our ‘poster-advisor’ as she has all those qualities plus the technical expertise and creativity necessary to support our distance education students as well as our campus-based students,” he said.

“ECU is very fortunate to have Amy, not only for our students, but also because she is a leader among the campus academic advising collaborative.”


This page originally appeared in the June 8, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at