Roanoke College

Tenbrunsel recognized as 2007 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate


SALEM, Va. -William J. Tenbrunsel, associate dean and director of the Center for Learning and Teaching at Roanoke College, has been named as one of the recipients of the 2007 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award. Now in its 15th year, the awards are presented by the University of South Carolina's National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, along with Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, to ten college educators for their outstanding work on behalf of first-year students.

Tenbrunsel, who received a B.A. in English from Boston College, an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, was selected from a pool of 116 nominees and he will be recognized later this month in Atlanta at the Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience. Another Roanoke professor, Dr. Gail McKee, associate professor of business administration, was recognized with the same award in 2002.

Tenbrunsel's involvement with new students at Roanoke has been diverse and impressive. Since arriving at Roanoke in 1993, he has been active in such College initiatives as: academic advising, Roanoke's Co-Curricular Learning and Service program, a faculty mentor program and the Faculty/Staff Learning Community on the First Year of College. He serves on a number of campus committees helping to direct efforts regarding retention, orientation, the First Year Experience and various programs offered by the Center for Learning and Teaching. Tenbrunsel has been instrumental in forging relationships among various offices on campus in support of first-year students.

Roanoke College, the country's second-oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

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