Ross to Receive National Advising Award; Suarez and Ross Honored at the 2018 Georgia Tech Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon

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Leslie Ross, academic program manager in the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy, and Maria Lourdes Suarez, administrative professional in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, were both honored with awards at the 2018 Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon on Wednesday, April 11. Ross has also been selected as a 2018 Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Primary Advising category by the Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA).

Ross was honored by Georgia Tech with the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Staff Advisor Award, an Institute-wide award recognizing a staff and faculty member who renders outstanding performance in undergraduate academic advising. The nomination noted Ross’s generous contributions to sectors of advising, recruitment, diversity, and alumni relations within the School of Public Policy and lauded her as entrepreneurial, responsive to both faculty and student needs, commonly anticipating issues before they arise, facilitating the smooth progression of students through their degree requirements, and working with students and faculty to find solutions to idiosyncratic problems that inevitably occur. She will receive the NACADA award at the organization’s annual Fall Conference.

Suarez received the Service to the Community Award, an institute-wide award that recognizes a faculty or staff member who engages in activities that help others within the Georgia Tech community or outside of the Institute, has a positive impact on others on others, and embodies Georgia Tech’s commitment to public service. Suarez embodies the Georgia Tech motto of “Progress and Service” through her actions. She actively worked to raise awareness and collection donations to aid in Puerto Rico’s progress toward full recovery from Hurricane Maria.  Her efforts provided comfort to those who are working to rebuild their lives in their homeland. Finally, her efforts demonstrate service in that she worked solely to aid others who were suffering.

The School of Public Policy and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs are both units in the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. 

For more information on both the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Staff Advisor Award and the Service Community Award, visit the 2018 Staff Awards webpage. 

For more information on the Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon and a full listing of faculty and staff awards and nominations, visit the Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon webpage.


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  • Created: 04/30/2018
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