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Dr. Fagan received top award
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Harber received Hammond Award
Professors received Research Award
Engineering student takes top prize
Professors received Teaching Award
Sorin, Powless provide advice
Two professors go ‘international’
Haddock, Spiceland received Award
Art world phenom brings exhibit
Marcus Orr Center remains magnet for critical thinking
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Sorin, Powless provide excellent advice en route to award

For the ninth year, the University of Memphis presented Distinguished Advising Awards during its annual Faculty Convocation. This year’s recipients were Anna Bess Sorin, an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Marion Chiles Powless, academic advising coordinator for the Department of Psychology. Each received a $2,000 award during Convocation April 8 in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. The awards are sponsored by the U of M Alumni Association.

Marion Chiles Powless (at left), academic advising coordinator in the Department of Psychology, and Anna Bess Sorin, an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received Distinguished Advising Awards at Convocation.
Marion Chiles Powless (at left), academic advising coordinator in the Department of Psychology, and Anna Bess Sorin, an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received Distinguished Advising Awards at Convocation.

Sorin joined the University in 2003. She is coordinator of the Biology Advising and Resource Center, established in 2008 to manage the large and diverse population of students interested the biological sciences major.

Since creation of the center, and under the direction of Sorin, the department has seen an increase in students completing their bachelor of science degree. Her philosophy of advising encompasses “two main components: providing guidance with specific degree requirements, and assisting student with understanding and realizing their individual strengths and career goals.”

One of her students commented, “She is very straight forward and puts the student on the path to success.”

Last year, Sorin was a recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

Powless joined the Department of Psychology in 2002 as director of the Academic Advising and Resource Center. In addition to supervising the peer advisers and attendance at campus recruitment events, she oversees the Center’s academic advising and referral functions, and provides opportunities to enhance student engagement for more than 900 undergraduate psychology majors.

One of her graduates said, “Marion is a life changer. She listened and provided me with information. I left the office energized about my future. She helped me to discover what I have always wanted to do with my life.”

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