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