Roen receives Excellence in Advising Award

A Penn State DuBois instructor has been recognized for taking her dedication to students beyond the classroom. Instructor of Wildlife Technology Keely Roen has been chosen as the staff recipient of the Penn State University Excellence in Advising Award.

This award is given in two separate categories; one for faculty members and one for staff advisers. The nominee's impact on general advising, academic guidance, career guidance, enthusiasm and assistance in decision making are all considered by a committee that determines the award recipients.

"I genuinely appreciate this award because it makes me feel as if I really helped someone," Roen said. Remaining humble, she added, "However, I feel a little strange getting an award for just doing my job."

Academic advisers at Penn State DuBois help students become fully engaged in their educational experience, and meet their educational goals. Advisers help students to understand the requirements that must be met to earn their degrees, and help them decide how they'll meet those requirements.

Roen acts as an adviser to students in 24 different majors within the College of Agriculture. Each semester she advises as many as 35 students.

Originally from Alexandria, Va., Roen earned her bachelor of arts in biology at the University of Pennsylvania, and her master of science degree in ecology at Penn State. She has taught at Penn State DuBois since 2001.

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Last Updated April 13, 2010