Christina McIntyre, associate director of University Honors, has received the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role from the National Academic Advising Association.

The organization’s annual awards program honors individuals and institutions that are making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.

McIntyre has served in University Honors, within the Division of Undergraduate Education, since 2007. Before that, she served as an undergraduate advisor and assistant department head in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Russell Miller, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006, said his experiences with McIntyre pushed him past some difficulties, which ultimately helped him to find his passion. “The conversations were not about who we were, but what I wanted to eventually be. She challenged me not to settle for where I was and what I was doing. She pushed me to expand my commitment from simply academics, to getting involved with extracurricular activities such as the Athletic Training Club, Fitness and Nutrition Club, and personal training staff.” Miller went on to earn a doctorate degree in physical therapy.

“Christina genuinely cares about the success of her students, both academically and personally,” said Kimberly Brown, director of academic advising. “She has helped many Virginia Tech students get the most of our their undergraduate education here in order to move on to successful careers and graduate programs.”

Recently, McIntyre received Virginia Tech’s 2012 Provost Award for Excellence in Advising. The award is given annually to a Virginia Tech faculty or staff member who serves undergraduate advisees in exemplary ways. Awardees receive a $2,000 prize and are inducted into the university’s Academy of Advising Excellence.

McIntyre received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

The National Academic Advising Association has over 10,000 members representing all 50 states and several countries outside the United States.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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