Engineering student adviser earns university award

February 21, 2008

Lauren Levin, an academic adviser in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, has won one of ASU’s annual Excellence in Advising Awards.

The awards, given by the Council of Academic Advisors, ASU Parents Association and the ASU Provost’s Office and Career Services Office, recognize advisers whose work demonstrates effectiveness in recruiting and retaining students, and guiding them to success in their academic careers. Download Full Image

Advisers are evaluated as well on their efforts to reach out to students, making them aware of scholarships, resources and services that can aid them in their education.

Awards are given in five categories for advisors and adviser-support staff. Levin won in the Experienced Adviser category.

Levin also is being nominated for a similar award to be given by the National Academic Advising Association.

“I feel like this is an award that reflects on all of who do advising at ASU,” Levin says. “It’s good to have the administration’s support in this way through the Parents Association.”

She will receive the award at a Feb. 13 ceremony at the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

The civil and environment engineering department has seen notably higher student recruitment and retention as a result of Levin’s efforts, says Anna Yi, associate director of the engineering school’s office of Academic and Students Affairs.

“She is a mentor and role model to her staff and she has taken the initiative in sharing her advising skills and experience with colleagues,” Yi says. “She never loses sight of the goal of guiding students toward the opportunities that will lead to an effective education and successful careers.”

Levin is serving on the newly created university provost office’s Advisory Council and Student Advising.

“I like getting a chance to represent the engineering school on this university-wide council,” she says. “I think student advising is one of the strengths of the engineering school.”

Levin has been with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for two years and now coordinates its advising center. She previously worked for more than three years in advising for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

She has a doctorate in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


ASU women's basketball sets record in win over Washington State

February 21, 2008

Sybil">">Sybil Dosty scored 14 points and Lauren">">La... Lacey added 12 as Arizona State beat Washington State 59-30 Thursday night, holding the Cougars to the lowest point total ever in a Pac-10 women's basketball game.

The previous mark for fewest points scored in a conference game was 33 by Washington State against Oregon State on Dec. 28, 2001 and also by California against Oregon State on Feb. 10, 2000. Download Full Image

The Sun Devils (17-9, 11-4 Pac-10) built a 33-15 halftime lead and coasted from there to their 21st win in the last 22 meetings with the Cougars.

Washington State (4-22, 1-14) lost for the 16th time in its last 17 games and is now 0-11 in games at Tempe since January 1997. Kezia Kelly had nine points and five rebounds for the Cougars, who made just 13 of 38 field goals, missed all six of their free throws and committed 28 turnovers.

Washington State went scoreless for 8:27 at one stage of the second half and fell behind 43-18.

Becca">">Becca Tobin finished with 10 points for Arizona State, which ended a two-game losing streak and remained in sole possession of third place in the Pac-10.

The 30 points tied the Sun Devils' school record for the fewest points allowed, set against Grand Canyon on Dec. 4, 1992.