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Islander Advisors Nationally Recognized for Outstanding Performance

November 03, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi employees who have dedicated their careers to advising Islander students have received national recognition. John Paul Regalado, Executive Director of Academic Advising, and Katharine Fischer, Academic Advisor in the College of Business (COB), were awarded for their commitment to diversity and contributions to the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA): The Global Community for Academic Advising. Regalado and Fischer received recognition plaques at the NACADA’s annual conference on Oct. 5-8 in Atlanta, GA.

Regalado was named the 2016 recipient of the Leading Light Award in support of his efforts to ensure that NACADA is inclusive and successful.

“I am honored to represent Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and proud to have been selected for this award,” said Regalado. “Being recognized, specifically for diversity, is a privilege. Diversity and inclusion is something we all strive for in academic advising at the Island University.”

Regalado came to A&M-Corpus Christi with 17 years of academic advising experience. He says he loves advising because it gives him the opportunity to positively impact a student’s life and help them achieve their academic and career goals.

“As a first generation college student, I believe higher education is a life-changing experience,” said Regalado. “It is a great privilege to help students in their journey.”

Katharine Fischer is among several advisors who received the NACADA’s Outstanding Advising Award Primary Advising Role 2016 Certificate of Merit.

“It’s a great honor to receive this recognition from NACADA for excelling in a career I love,” said Fischer.

Fischer has been an academic advisor in the COB for 14 years. She came to the Island University as an undergraduate student and received one bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from the University.

“I try to encourage students to become engaged, self-directed learners and help promote their growth and development,” said Fischer. “It’s very rewarding to guide students in developing their educational goals.”

NACADA is an association of over 12,000 professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to enhance the educational development of students. The association promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education and provides a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through various activities and publications.