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Outstanding Academic Advisers Honored

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2010) − Suanne Early and Jerzy "Jurek" Jaromczyk were both honored as the recipients of the 2010 Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award. Early and Jaromczyk have been described by their students and colleagues as advisers who "have high energy" and "are greatly respected" in their jobs.

Jaromczyk is described as "really caring about students." He came to the university in 1986 as a visiting professor and is currently a faculty adviser winner for the College of Engineering and computer science. In addition to teaching and advising, he coaches the ACM computer programming team. He is always welcoming to students that drop by his office. Jaromczyk designed the college equivalency program, eliminating the need for the old paper process.  As he accepted the award, he remarked to the other advisers, "Advising isn't easy, but you all make it easier."

Suanne Early, the professional adviser recipient is an adviser for the central advising and transfer center. In addition, she is the pre-law adviser for undergraduates in all majors at UK who are exploring law school in the future. Early is described as an "outstanding, caring and respectful adviser." In the fall of 2002, she joined the advising network at the University of Kentucky. She expressed great gratitude that she was chosen as this year's recipient.

As Matt Deffendall stated, "Academic advising is a process of teaching students how to become responsible consumers of their own educations. It's also a process that involves teaching students how to make viable academic decisions."

The Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards are sponsored by the UK Advising Network and the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and are named in honor of Ken Freedman, who served as a professional adviser at UK for 15 years prior to his death in 2001. The award recognizes outstanding service in the field of academic advising.