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Caldera Honored for Advising


Greg Caldera, academic advisor in the office of student affairs, has been named recipient of the 2007 James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for Academic Advising.

The Vick Award is the highest advising honor bestowed upon UT advisors. It was created to recognize the role that advisors play in the success of UT students. Students nominate and vote upon a list of advisors from across the campus. Winners receive a certificate and a cash award.

Caldera joined the College of Pharmacy in September 1998 as an academic advisor and has held that position ever since.

"My goal is to be one step ahead of the game by anticipating questions students may ask," he said. "This sometimes places me in an advocate position for either students and/or administration depending on the situation. Overall, my goal is to always be ready to have the most accurate answer for our students, even before they ask it."

He says his advising philosophy is to treat and respect students in the same way he would want to be treated if he were in their shoes.

A native of Waco, Tx., he graduated from Baylor University with a B.B.A. in accounting in 1993. He joined the staff at UT Austin in 1995 working in the Student Financial Services Office and the UT Quality Center before coming to the College of Pharmacy.

At the college, he has been recipient of a Staff Excellence Award, and has twice received the college's Staff Merit Award. He is advisor for the college's Mexican American Association of Pharmacy Students.

The Vick Award seek to promote quality advising at The University of Texas by publicly recognizing advisors who have had an effective, positive influence on the educational experience of university students. Nominations are solicited campus-wide during the fall, and a student selection committee selects the advisors.

Last Reviewed: March 5,, 2008

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