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Malasri and Snyder tapped for Distinguished Advising honors

For the 11th year, the University of Memphis honored two individuals with its Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Award. Kriangsiri Malasri, an instructor and advising coordinator in the Department of Computer Science, and Laura Snyder, assistant to the dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, accepted their awards during a May luncheon.

Kriangsiri Malasri

(left to right) Anita Vaughn, Kriangsiri Malasri, Dr. Shirley Raines, and Dr. David Rudd

Malasri, known to many as “Top,” has excelled in teaching and academic advising. His work in the Department of Computer Science may be one of the U of M’s best examples of the adage “advising is teaching.” His students note that he thoroughly understands degree requirements and guides them to the required courses, but also to the courses that will expand a student’s goals. “The effect (of his abilities) is that you want to succeed,” says one student. Malasri’s interests in computer science are diverse, from wireless sensor networks to web programming and graphics. The experiences he brings to advising and teaching have earned him the highest recommendation of students and faculty colleagues. Malasri was a recipient of the 2012 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

Laura Snyder

(left to right) Anita Vaughn, Laura Snyder, Dr. Shirley Raines, and Dr. David Rudd

Snyder, who supervises advising and advising training for the College of Communication and Fine Arts, is considered the “go to person“ for faculty and staff in the college. She provides a model for other academic advisers as she offers guidance for all transfer and undecided students in CCFA. Her mature professional perspective has helped to revolutionized academic advising at U of M. In addition to her advising responsibilities, Snyder has established a reputation as an accomplished recruiter, exuberantly going to where prospective students are to tell the story of CCFA and the University of Memphis. Her creativity and zeal for Discover Your Major Day has brought the Best Display Award to her college. Snyder also finds time to teach Fresh Connections Learning Communities course and to perform Celtic music.

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