Jankoski, Roen named Excellence in Advising Award honorees

Jo Ann Jankoski, assistant professor of education at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, and Keely Roen, instructor in wildlife technology at Penn State DuBois, have been selected to receive the 2010 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.

The award, established by the former Undergraduate Student Government's Academic Assembly and sponsored by each college, annually honors one full-time faculty member and one full-time professional adviser from any Penn State location who have at least two years of advising experience. Selection criteria are based on excellence in general advising, academic and career guidance, enthusiasm and assistance in decision-making and goal-setting.

In addition to her 25 assigned advisees, Jankoski advises an average of five to eight additional students each week. She meets many of them during the first-year testing, consulting and advising (FTCAP) program, where she is a team member. "I believe the initial contact with the student advisee is extremely important in establishing a relationship as the student's journey begins," she said.

Almost all of Jankoski's advisees are first-generation students, and many are also nontraditional students. "To touch only one student's life so that he or she can realize his or her full potential equates to success for me as an adviser," she added.

Jankoski has been an assistant professor with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies since 2004 and a mental health therapist in private practice since 1995. She also is a trainer in the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Competency-Based Training and Certification Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

With 20 to 35 advisees each semester, Roen often finds that her best connections with students occur informally through nighttime campus activities or weekend e-mails. She also encourages students to contact her through nontraditional means like Facebook or instant messaging if that works better for their schedules. She strives to help advisees help themselves. "Students need to feel 'ownership' of their college experience," she said.

Roen frequently remains in contact with her students after they leave the DuBois campus or the University. "I am not just advising them for a Penn State academic career," she said. "I am advising them for a lifetime. Advising is more than just e-mails and office hours from convocation to commencement."

The College of Agriculture representative to the Penn State DuBois campus, Roen has been a Penn State instructor and adviser since 2001 and a spring and fall FTCAP adviser for five years.

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Last Updated April 05, 2010