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Current Issue: March 3, 2003
Volume 38, Number 15

Nossoff earns national nod for freshmen work

Joel NossoffJoel Nossoff, director of New Student Programs, is among 10 individuals in the nation recently named as “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates.”

Nossoff was honored last month at the 22nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in Atlanta, Ga.

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina and the Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co. selected the recipients from 120 nominations. The award honors college faculty, administrators and staff for positive contributions to students and the culture of their institutions.

UNM President F. Chris Garcia nominated Nossoff for his work with freshmen programs. Nossoff has been instrumental in UNM’s strides to improve student retention.

“In his 30-year career at four universities, Joel has been a consistent, creative and effective advocate for first-year students,” Garcia said. “Joel has developed seminar courses at three different campuses...each of these courses has been seen as a major accomplishment.”

Nossoff developed “Introduction to Undergraduate Studies,” a key component to UNM’s successful new Freshman Learning Communities, which he also helped form and implement.

Nossoff joined UNM in 1994. In 1999, he became director of New Student Programs for University College.