Job description: work tirelessly to make sure all undergraduates transition to college, find a major, excel academically, and feel part of the UT community. That’s a tall order on such a large campus, but it is made easier by dedicated professionals who care about their students. Our staff members consistently won awards throughout 2013, and we honored two of our own, Jess Miner and Alexia Apollo, with the Undergraduate Studies Staff Award.
Jess Miner, senior program coordinator and curriculum specialist, began working in the Center for Core Curriculum in 2010. Miner oversees the flags in Ethics and Leadership, Cultural Diversity in the United States, Global Cultures, and Quantitative Reasoning. She also works with faculty across campus on teaching and curriculum development in these areas. Flag requirements will be implemented in most colleges across campus in the 2014-2016 catalogue.
“Jess Miner has been a critical part of the success of the flag program at UT,” said Brent Iverson, dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies. “She has worked tirelessly with faculty and departments to increase capacity for all of the flags, especially the Ethics and Leadership flag.”
Alexia Apollo, senior academic advisor started working in the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling in 2009. Apollo has the tough task of helping students find their place on campus, and she has years of experience to call on. Apollo worked with the first cohort of UGS students and saw many of them graduate last spring with majors suited to their interests and goals.
“The successes of our students can, in no small way, be attributed to Alexia’s efforts,” said David Spight, assistant dean for advising. “She has been, and continues to be, one of the most impressive advisors I’ve had the pleasure to work with in