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Undergraduate Studies Advisor Wins Vick Advising Award

Julia Chinnock with Texas Exes AwardFrom left: Dr. James Vick, Provost Greg Fenves, Ms. Chinnock, and Dean Brent Iverson at the presentation ceremony

Julia Chinnock, senior academic advisor at the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling is one of five winners of the 2014 Texas Exes James W. Vick Award for Academic Advising. The award honors individuals whose outstanding advising improves students’ overall UT experience. Recipients are nominated and selected solely by students. Each winner was awarded $500 and recognized at an awards ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

“For Julia to be selected for the Vick Award is of no surprise to those of us who work with her on a daily basis,” said David Spight, assistant dean for advising in the School of Undergraduate Studies. “Her commitment to her students is unparalleled. We are truly a significantly better center because of Julia.”

Julia joined the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in January 2012. In addition to advising over 220 students enrolled in the School of Undergraduate Studies, she supervises three academic advisors, manages an internship credit program, and coordinates 360 Connections and First-year Interest Groups for UGS students.

Listening and Responding to Students’ Needs

Throughout all of Julia’s students’ nominations, there is a common theme: Julia really listens.

“In college, I studied theatre. It taught me important lessons that I use in my job and daily life: communication skills, the importance of teamwork, how to use a nail gun,”