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Graham Recognized as Rising Star

January 08, 2001

MESA, Ariz. -- Dawn Graham, a senior in the math education program at Arizona State University, is a recent recipient of the Rising Star Award. The award, sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), annually recognizes an undergraduate student leader working in the area of Student Affairs who has made significant contributions to improve the quality of student life on a college/university campus.

Graham has been working in Student Affairs at ASU's Polytechnic campus for more than three years. Graham assists registering and prospective students as well as gives tours at the Polytechnic campus. She also has gotten involved with special events on campus and the student orientations.

"I have been working at ASU's Polytechnic campus one week longer than I have been attending ASU," jokes Graham.

Graham likes the fact that there are more opportunities to get involved and develop leadership skills at ASU's Polytechnic campus. "It's easier to be a big fish in a small pond," says Graham. "If you show an interest, you get called on to help with different things."

What does she like most about her job?

"I love giving tours and interacting with students and then seeing them come to ASU's Polytechnic campus."

Student Affairs Dean Gary McGrath, Office Specialist Patricia Moses and former employee Karen Novak nominated Graham for the regional award.

This Buckeye Union High School graduate was flown to Monterey, Calif., for three days in November to receive her award.