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CWU Advisor, Psychology Alumna Receives Regional Advising Award

Toni Woodman, academic advisor at Central Washington University, received the Excellence in Advising—New Advisor Award at the NACADA Northwest Region 8 awards at a conference in Missoula, Montana. Region 8 represents Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Yukon Territory.

Woodman received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and her master's in mental health counseling from CWU.

"During my master's program in counseling I had the opportunity to complete a year-long internship at the CWU Student Medical and Counseling Clinic. Throughout that experience I discovered my passion for supporting college students," Woodman related. "I decided to make the switch from mental health counseling to academic advising and have been working in First Year and Exploratory Advising for two years.

"I love advising because it has given me the opportunity to support and empower students. I was a first generation college student and the experience changed my life in so many ways," she continued. "College is a journey, a period of growth. I love being able to walk alongside students throughout that journey.

"This is actually what my advising philosophy is all about, walking alongside. I don’t want to push or pull students. Instead, I want to empower them to make their own, intentional decisions. So, I strive to give them a space in which they can think and reflect critically about their experiences both in and outside of the classroom."

The academic advising office is committed to serving students in their first quarter and beyond to help them connect and engage in their academic experience. Academic advisors for first year and exploratory students introduce students to the General Education Program and assist students to select and declare an academic program of study.

"Receiving this award has made me feel like my work is really having an impact," Woodman said. "However, to be honest, I owe this award to my amazing advising team. My colleagues in First Year and Exploratory Advising have supported, challenged, and inspired me to grow each day. I feel so lucky to have them!"


NACADA, the global community for academic advising, promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. For more information, go to www.nacada.ksu.edu.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu

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