Assumption Dean a Semi-finalist for National Award for First-year Experience Leadership

Jennifer Klein Morrison, Assumption College’s associate dean for the first year, has been named a semi-finalist for the National Resource Center for First Year Experience’s annual First Year Student Advocate Award. This is a national award granted by the foremost center for research on the first year of college, headquartered at the University of South Carolina.

In a Jan. 11 letter announcing Morrison’s selection as a semi-finalist, Jennifer R. Keup, Nina L. Glisson, and Shana Harrison of the resource center state: “[Dean Morrison’s] nomination [for the award] attests to the respect and admiration that [she has] gained for the creative ways in which [she works] to enhance the academic and social success of first-year students” at Assumption College.

Each year, nominators are asked to prepare and submit a narrative description of the nominee’s activities to enhance the first year at their institution and to provide evidence of the impact and effectiveness of these activities. Ten award recipients are selected, two from each of five institutional categories. This year, the center received 140 nominations.

“In an especially competitive year, Dean Morrison finished in the top 5 as a semi-finalist within our institutional category, a mark of the strength of Dean Morrison’s accomplishments,” said Eloise R. Knowlton, Assumption College's dean of undergraduate studies. “I congratulate Dean Morrison on this strong showing, and offer my warmest thanks to her for her ongoing efforts to challenge and support first-year students at Assumption College.”

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews