Oswego innovation recognized in new book for career advisers

Christy Huynh in the Compass.The Compass, a new feature of SUNY Oswego that was born with the opening of the central portion of the Campus Center in 2007, has been recognized as an exemplary practice in integrating career and academic advising.

The newly published Jossey-Bass/NACADA book “The Handbook of Career Advising” devotes a section to detailed descriptions of programs at nine colleges and universities, including Oswego’s Compass.

“Its inclusion as an exemplary practice is an honor as the monograph editors and reviewers chose only the ‘best of the best’ in serving the career and academic advising needs of students,” said Charlie L. Nutt, executive director of the National Academic Advising Association, in a letter to SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.

Christy Huynh (pictured), assistant director of student advisement, nominated the Compass to be included in the book.

When it opened, Kathy Evans, associate dean of students, described the Compass as unique and innovative. The NACADA recognition this month bears her out. “It’s great news for us,” she said recently.

The Compass bought together six offices responsible for advising students about various aspects of the life in and after college, including Student Advisement, Career Services, Experience-Based Education, Community Service and Service Learning, First-Year Programs and Transfer Services. The six units had formerly been scattered among various buildings and still span two divisions, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

Located in Room 142 of the Campus Center, the Compass lies at a busy crossroads for students, near student organizations as well as classrooms and academic offices.

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(Posted: Oct 01, 2009)