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And the Winner Is...

Jana Peters

Jana Peters, advising coordinator and undergraduate adviser in the Department of Animal Science, received the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Academic Advising Award for 2014. The award recognizes faculty members and staff for overall effectiveness in student advising, individual student goal-setting and career planning, and personal counseling.

Peters’s many responsibilities since taking her current position in 1999 include coordinating all undergraduate advising for the department; providing academic, education, and career counseling to students at all Penn State campus locations; coordinating student recruitment efforts; assisting students with career placement; conducting faculty adviser training; and maintaining as many as 40 personal advisees, while assisting many others on a walk-in basis. During her tenure, student enrollment has nearly tripled, due in part to her recruitment efforts. Colleagues note her impact on the department and her commitment to giving students personal guidance in achieving their goals.

Peters has a long history at Penn State, having earned her bachelor’s degree in animal production in 1979 and master’s degree in dairy science in 1984. She also has served as the secretary and treasurer of the Penn State Stockmen’s Club, the oldest affiliate group of the college’s alumni society, for more than 25 years.