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2022 Outstanding First Year Advocate Award Recipients

The Outstanding First Year Advocate Award recognizes Salem State University community members who have made a positive impact on students' first-year experience. The award allows the first-year students to nominate and recognize individuals who have demonstrated a specific commitment to and impact on first-year student transition, learning, development and success.

Each year, First Year Experience selects two faculty members, two staff/administrators, and two upper-class student leaders for this honor from a large number of nominations submitted.

This year's honorees have not only supported first-year students in their transition, but they have also done so during unprecedented times. The quality of the nominations received this year was exceedingly high, as first-year students truly appreciate the efforts made to guide and mentor them on their journey.

The recipients of the 2022 Outstanding First Year Advocate Awards are:

  • Brad Hubeny: Professor, Geological Sciences
  • Christine MacTaylor: Professor, Chemistry and Physics
  • Lisa Bibeau: Director, Disability Services
  • Karen Gahagan: Director, Center for Creative and Performing Arts
  • Gisady Mendoza:  Mentor, Student Transition & Engagement Program
  • Arianna Merrill: Senior Resident Assistant, Residence Life

Congratulations and thank you for all you do do for students at Salem State University!

Mathew R Chetnik
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