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May 4, 2020

Advisor Forum announces May Charlie Award recipient

Submitted by Katelin Christianer-Donkers

The K-State Advisor Forum announces Aida Farough, teaching assistant professor and undergraduate advisor in the geology department, as the recipient of the May Charlie Award.

Farough was nominated by Pamela Kempton, head of the department, for her "support helping us achieve the K-State mission of commitment to education of undergraduate students and to develop highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to improve the quality of life and advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation and the international community."

As an advisor, Farough is at the front line of the department's efforts to attract and retain students, which is a crucial role.

"Dr. Farough took on the role of lead undergraduate advisor in geology in 2017, and it's no exaggeration to say that she has completely transformed the quality of advising received by our students," Kempton said.

Farough cares deeply for the students and it shows by their comments. Kempton provided a few statements made by students regarding Farough's advising: "She really knows the material that I need to know to succeed in my major. She has recommendations for everything I need to do." "I have such an amazing advisor, and I'm so thankful I have her. She's very knowledgeable and in a way she is a role model, a person I strive to be." "My advisor is concerned about my physical and mental well-being [as well as] my academic well-being."

In Kempton's nomination, she explains that the quotations above are just a small selection of the positive feedback received from Farough's advisees.

"Last year, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the department, Dr. Farough received the Geology Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award for 2019, which is a testament for her dedication to advising," Kempton said. 

The K-State Advisor Forum thanks Farough for the work she has done for students in the geology department and congratulates her on this award.

As a reminder, to nominate someone for the Charlie Award, fill out the short online form. Once your nomination is complete, it will remain an active nomination for one full academic year. Nominations can be completed at any time and can be submitted by anyone on campus. One award will be given out at the beginning of each month. The Advisor Forum Committee will make the decision and deliver awards.