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April 9, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Stuhldreher receives SRU's first academic advising award

Wendy Stuhldreher, Slippery Rock University professor of public health and social work, was honored at Saturday's Academic Honors Convocation as the first recipient of the University's newly created President's Award for Outstanding Academic Advising.

SRU President Cheryl Norton presented the award, saying, "We were delighted to have more than 75 students take the time to write on behalf of the advisement offered by our faculty. Dr. Stuhldreher name stood out both in the number of students who offered nominations and the passion of their writing. She is clearly an advocate for students and helps them make appropriate course - and career - selections. She is certainly deserving of our inaugural award and has clearly set a high standard for others to follow.
Stuhldreher was cited by many students for her "impeccable knowledge of advisement practices," "dedication to student advising" and her work as an "advocate for students.
One nominator reported, "She goes above and beyond to help students. I feel very fortunate to have been her advisee. I am able to say that every single item listed above describes Dr. Stuhldreher. If a student ever has a concern or issue, they know that they can count on Dr. Stuhldreher to look into the problem and be their advocate.
"She also found an easy way to explain the registration process to her FYRST seminar class and she took the time to put together packets of information on this topic so that they will be able to follow the instructions for the rest of their time at SRU. I have no doubt that they will be much better off because she took the time to do this, and they will probably be helping other students with registration."
Stuhldreher joined the SRU faculty in 1993. She earned her doctorate in nutrition epidemiology from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, her masters in food and nutrition and her undergraduate degree in home economics/food and nutrition both at Kent State University. She received the NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship Research Service Award for her work in diabetes from the Rangos Research Center in Pittsburgh.

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