Advisor Receives Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Advising and Student Relations

Ann Pool (right) receiving the Dean’s Award from Vice Chancellor and Dr. Patrick Stover, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife (left). Photo by Rob Williams

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate Senior Academic Advisor Ann Pool as she received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Dean’s Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Advising and Student Relations during the Fall Awards Ceremony at the AgriLife Center in September.

Pool received the award for her outstanding efforts in advising undergraduates in both the Entomology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences programs and conducting various outreach programs within the Department.

Since joining the Department in 2013, Pool advises more than 300 undergraduates, and has been instrumental in helping reach out to prospective students by hosting informational sessions about the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program and participating in Aggieland Saturday and conducted New Student Conferences during the summer months.

During her career in the Department of Entomology, Pool also has helped with coordinating the annual 4-H and FFA contests and workshops that are held in the spring and summer and facilitated planning the program with the undergraduate students for the department’s annual Undergraduate Student Recognition Banquet, as well as overseeing the Certificate in Public Health Entomology program.

Dr. Anjel Helms, right with Dr. Patrick Stover, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife

Dr. Anjel Helms, right, with Dr. Patrick Stover, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife. Photo by Michael Kellett

Dr. Jeff Tomberlin, right, with Dr. Patrick Stover, Dr. Anjel Helms, right with Dr. Patrick Stover, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife. Photo by Michael Kellett

Pool is a member of the University Advisors and Counselors and the National Academic Advising Association, where she served as president of the UAC in 2016 and served as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences representative for the UAC Executive committee from 2014-2015.

During the summer of 2015, Pool’s subcommittee assessed and redesigned the New Advisor Orientation that was previously offered through the UAC. The group then implemented the new changes during the first of several day-long orientation programs for new advisors throughout the academic year. Since then, she and her subcommittee have facilitated these orientations for hundreds of advisors, including those new to the academic advising fields.

“I believe this speaks volumes not only of her dedication and service to the advising profession but also to the students attending and those who will attend Texas A&M University,” Senior Academic Advisor Rebecca Hapes said. “She has spent countless hours creating an orientation program for advisors who will interact with thousands upon thousands of students in an effort to ensure that accurate and consistent messaging is taking place across campus.”

Hapes also commended Pool’s dedication to academic advising and her willingness to help out wherever she can in the Department.

“Ann is incredibly knowledgeable and is always willing to help, regardless of the circumstance,” Senior Academic Advisor Rebecca Hapes said.  “Ann gives freely of her time to students, faculty and colleagues across the campus. Ann is an engaging and enthusiastic advisor who strives to make those around her comfortable, while simultaneously stretching them to be the best version of themselves. I feel that she is greatly deserving of the 2018 Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Awards Committee – Advising and Student Relations.”

The College also recognized new faculty member Dr. Anjel Helms and Drs. Gabriel Hamer and Juliana Rangel received recognition for receiving promotion and tenure. Drs. Zach Adelman, Kevin Myles, and Jeff Tomberlin were recognized for being promoted to Professor.

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