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Phoenix College honors ASU's Farni

June 25, 2008

A can-do attitude and a genuine desire to help students succeed are qualities Adam Farni brings to his job on a daily basis. As an Arizona State University undergraduate admission counselor, Farni works with community college transfer students to make their transition to ASU as seamless as possible.

Farni’s efforts on behalf of Phoenix College students have earned him a 2008 Golden Bear Award in the category of University Partner. Phoenix College gives the awards to individuals who support PC students, employees, programs, services, and the college community.

“Adam is great,” says Kay Harrison, transfer services coordinator at PC. “He has been very responsive to inquiries from both students and staff. Whenever I have an admissions question, I contact Adam and he quickly resolves the issue.”

“It’s a pleasure to work with the advisors at all of the community colleges,” Farni says. “They want what’s best for their students just like we do.”

From his base on ASU’s West campus, Farni serves as the primary contact and coordinator for ASU Transfer events held at each Maricopa Community College. After such events at PC, Farni provides Harrison with information about the students he has interacted with, including when they plan to transfer and which major they plan to pursue.

“This information makes it easier for my office to show the results and benefits of our transfer events,” Harrison says. “When I refer students to Adam, they always report back about how accessible and helpful he is.”

“The idea of transferring to ASU can be intimidating to some community college students, so I try to be the friendly face they know they can come to for answers to their questions,” Farni says.

Farni’s myriad duties also include responding to community college instructors’ requests to speak in their classes about choosing a major, answering students’ inquiries via phone and email, and attending transfer events at two-year colleges around Arizona.

“Adam takes pride in assuring transfer students they will have a seamless transition to ASU, and he offers his personal assistance with the admission and financial aid process,” says Angela Huizar, coordinator of undergraduate admissions and Farni’s supervisor.

Adds Melissa Pizzo, ASU’s assistant dean of undergraduate admissions, “Adam is a true advocate for transfer students. These students are tremendously important to ASU, and it’s a wonderful honor for Adam to be recognized for his hard work on their behalf.”

Community college students interested in transferring to ASU may find information at