Georgianna Mann, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Mississippi, received the Region 4 Excellence in Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association, known as NACADA.
UM officials named Mann, recipient of the university’s 2020-21 Excellence in Counseling Award, for the honor.
Mann said the award is an honor she owes in part to working with outstanding students. She loves the enthusiasm, wit and energy they bring to the table.
“They add to the enthusiasm I already have for our program,” she said. “Investing in students is the reason I chose this career.”
Mann hopes to leave a lasting impact on every student she works with.
“I try to emphasize to my students that they know that every experience has a purpose and that they take advantage of the time they have at university to explore all that UM has to offer”, Mann said. “I hope my students know that I am invested in their success and will always support them in any way I can.
“It always brightens my day to see an update from a former student.”
Kritika Gupta, a doctoral candidate in hotel nutrition and management, joined Mann’s research group in the fall of 2019. Mann was instrumental in helping Gupta navigate the systems and culture of an unfamiliar university when she came to Ole Miss as an international student, she said.
“Dr. Mann was always available as a teacher, mentor and friend,” Gupta said. “She could see my curiosity for research and service early on and put me in touch with the right people and the right opportunities so that I can grow even better.I have worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant and graduate teacher under his supervision and guidance.
“I strongly believe that academic institutions need more people like her who have the necessary empathy, understanding and energy in addition to experience and expertise.”
Anna Kathryn Colbert, community wellness planner for the Office of Nutrition Education for Mississippi State Extension Service in Batesville, met Mann when Colbert was a student in the School of Applied Science.
“As an undergrad, I quickly got hooked on Dr. Mann’s style of making lectures fun and intriguing by adding witty humor to his lectures,” she said. “As soon as I was accepted into the graduate program, I knew I wanted Dr. Mann to be my advisor and then chair of the master’s committee.
“Not only did she encourage me to go above and beyond in pursuing my education, but she also continued to do so once I was in the program.”
Mann helped Colbert find internship and volunteer opportunities.
“She’s a dynamic counselor who fits in with my areas of interest for the week, whether it’s a passion for community nutrition or an interest in food science,” Colbert said. “She selflessly uses her variety of relationships on the ground to support her advisers.
“I can honestly say that Dr. Mann’s support and guidance made all the difference to me in choosing my career. Now working in community nutrition, she is a friend and colleague, and I know our work together is far from over.
Mann encourages students to grow and become full members of society, said Travis Hitchcock, associate director for counseling at the UM Center for Student Success and Freshman Experience.
“Dr. Mann strives to get to know each student and tailor her guidance to their needs,” he said. “She instills values in students that will benefit their future, such as responsibility, communication, self-reliance, community projects and other valuable experiences.”
The University’s Excellence in Counseling Awards are given annually to one staff member and one faculty advisor. Nominees are nominated by students, peers, and administrators, and the award is coordinated by the Academic Advising Network Steering Committee.
Winners are recognized at the fall faculty meeting, receive a stipend from the provost’s office, have their name inscribed on a plaque at the Martindale-Cole Student Services Center, and represent the university for regional awards and NACADA Nationals.
Winners of regional NACADA awards will be recognized at the group’s annual conference, Hitchcock said.
“Dr. Georgianna Mann is a dedicated teacher who ensures that the students she advises achieve their personal and professional goals,” said Melinda Valliant, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management. to meet with them regularly, make suggestions and feedback and challenge them to do more.
“She enthusiastically pushes them out of their comfort zone; hence, helping them build their confidence and expand their knowledge and skills. »
For more information on the award or nomination process, contact the Center for Student Success and Freshman Experience at [email protected]