Campus: CSU Chico -- April 30, 2004
Health Educator Receives National Advising Award
Richard Narad, Department of Health and Community Services, California State
University, Chico, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Advising Award
at the 2004 National Academic Advising Association meeting.
Narad received the Outstanding Adviser Award from CSU, Chico and was nominated
for the national award by Spence Bolich, director of the Academic Advising
The award is given in recognition of demonstrated abilities as an outstanding
adviser in nationwide competition. Narad received the award in the Faculty
Academic Advising category, which includes professors whose primary responsibility
is teaching who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services
Narad has been at CSU, Chico since 1990. In 1991, he was chosen as coordinator
of the Health Services Administration Option within Health Science. With that
role came the advising of students in the option and minor. In addition to his
advising duties, Narad also supervises students in their internships and keeps
contact with alumni. He initiated the student chapter of American College of
Health Executives on campus and has been its adviser since its inception.
Over and above the advising he has given to countless students in the last 12
years, the last three without release time, Narad developed two- and four-year
plans for the department long before it was initiated at the university level.
He also developed a personalized grid that he uses in his advising sessions for
individuals who do not fit the four-year plan. He calls it the "automated
advising system," and it is an individualized plan for graduation.
Narad developed the department's Web page to provide easy access to advising
materials, including a page on Web links for health career searches,
legislation, documents, and professional organizations.
Narad will receive the award at the NACADA conference in Cincinnati, Ohio next
October. In addition to being honored at a special awards reception, the
recipients will be recognized during the plenary sessions of the conference.
Kathleen McPartland, 530-898-4260; Spence Bolich,
Academic Advising, 530-898-5712