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National Award for Angie Bomier

Minnesota State Mankato's Angie Bomier recognized.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release

Mankato, Minn. – Angie Bomier, a student relations coordinator in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, was recently awarded Winner of the Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Advising Role, a national-level award, from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Bomier is one of just 11 nationwide recipients of the award in the Academic Advising-Primary Role category in 2012, and she is the only 2012 recipient in that category from the state of Minnesota.

Bomier is the first NACADA Outstanding Advising Award recipient from Minnesota State Mankato since the organization recognized its first outstanding advising award winners in 1984. She is also the first to be honored as Winner of the Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Advising Role from a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institution since NACADA expanded its advising award categories in 2001.

In her position as a student relations coordinator, Bomier is an advisor who serves students on many issues, to include general education advising, academic warning/probation/suspension advising, advising/registration at orientation and much more. Bomier also works closely with many offices on campus – including Admissions, First Year Experience, the Kearney International Center, and more.

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport cited Bomier’s key contributions in training fellow faculty and staff advisors at the University.

“Angie actively mentors new professional advisors on our campus, encouraging their involvement and development,” said Davenport. “These connections have an impact on our campus community and the students we serve in ways that cannot be measured and represent one of the understated, but perhaps most remarkable, ways she reaches our students.

“By sharing her expertise with others, Ms. Bomier imparts wisdom and inspires confidence in the University’s faculty/staff advisors.”

Vijendra Agarwal, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, described one of Bomier’s many contributions: “Angie played a key role in the founding of the CSET Student Advisory Board... Her work with the board is a great example of her dedication to helping students develop their leadership skills and to giving them a strong voice in the decision-making process that impacts their education.”

Bomier is retiring at the end of June after working at Minnesota State Mankato for more than 26 years. She began her career at the University in January 1986 as the transfer and international admissions assistant director in the admissions office. She was responsible for evaluating and admitting all new undergraduate international students and also served in the recruitment and evaluation of transfer student admissions.

In August 1988, she began a new role as student relations coordinator for what is now called the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. She still holds that position, although her job duties have expanded over the years as the college has expanded.

Bradley Cook, associate professor of biological sciences at Minnesota State Mankato, wrote the following about Bomier in her nomination packet for the award: “Angie is a true leader in our college in that she knows and throws herself into her role as an advisor. What makes her such an effective leader is the trust she has cultivated with her unflagging compassion for everyone she works with.”

During her career, Bomier has gained the respect of students and colleagues throughout the campus.

Brenda Flannery, the current dean of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business wrote: “Angie is a professional who always does what’s best for students. She has the respect of all on campus because she works so well with faculty, staff, and students.”

Established in 1983, the NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA is a representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

NACADA has grown to over 10,000 members and hosts an Annual Conference each fall that has attracted over 3,000 attendees, as well as 10 Regional Conferences, and intensive study of advising through various other events held throughout the year.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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