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Sherree Kessler, manning the check-in table at Texas A&M's 2016 Physics and Engineering Festival. (Credit: Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy.)

COLLEGE STATION --

Sherree D. Kessler '99, senior academic advisor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, has been selected as one of five campus-wide recipients of the 2016 President's Award for Academic Advising.

Established in 2004, the awards recognize outstanding individuals who exemplify the qualities and practices of exceptional academic advising and service to students. Kessler and her fellow recipients each will be recognized with a $2,000 award and a plaque, to be presented at the University Advisors and Counselors Awards Breakfast, set for Tuesday, May 3.

Kessler, who earned both a bachelor's in English (1999) as well as a master's in educational administration (2001) from Texas A&M, joined the Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy advising team in 2012 after seven years in academic advising at the University of Texas at San Antonio (2005-2012) and another two years as assistant director of leadership activities at University of the Incarnate Word (2003-2005). She spent two years as a student development specialist at Southwestern University after completing her master's degree.

"Sherree is a fantastic advisor, and this is a great honor for her and for our department," said Dr. George R. Welch, professor and head of Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy. "She helps all our students from the very minute they arrive on campus for new student orientation.

"I couldn't possibly count the number of students Sherree has helped manage paperwork and deadlines for over the years as well. She knows everything."

Dr. Timothy P. Scott, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Science, also received the honor in 2005, as has the Department of Biology's Christine Farris (2009) and Vanessa Nordell (2014), the Department of Physics and Astronomy's Sandi Smith (2009) and the Department of Chemistry's Holly C. Gaede (2013).

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Sherree Kessler '99

  • Sherree Kessler, enjoying a quiet moment with her daughter at the Physics and Engineering Festival. (Credit: Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy.)

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