Outstanding Advisor of the Year
First presented in 1992, this award is given annually to an outstanding advisor nominated by their chapter for service, leadership, and dedication to Alpha Lambda Delta. Applications are available October 10 and are due January 31. The Outstanding Advisor of the Year is announced in February each year.
Executive Director's Advisors of the Year
Each year, the Executive Director of Alpha Lambda Delta is entitled to select advisors to receive mention as Executive Director's Advisors of the Year.
Current Advisors of the Year
2016 Outstanding Advisor of the Year: Anthony Helms, Western Michigan University
The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta selected Anthony Helms, Director of Academic Advising at Western Michigan University, to be the recipient of the Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award for 2016. Helms has served as the ALD advisor since 2013 and is a newly-elected Professional Member-at-Large on the National Council. Helms was also honored as Western Michigan University’s Registered Student Organization (RSO) advisor of the month in November 2015.
Under Helms’ leadership, the chapter has won the prestigious Order of the Torch award (2015), two Maintaining the Flame awards (2014 and 2013), and the Delta Silver-Level award for total membership percentage increase in 2014. He has been a consistent presence at the National Leadership Conferences, both attending and presenting. The chapter’s overall membership has increased by nearly 100 students per year since Helms became the advisor. His chapter’s impressive web and social media activity highlights the many events and service projects that take place annually, such as partnerships with the SPCA, American Red Cross and Relay for Life. The chapter has coined #ALDTuesdays, encouraging students at Western Michigan University and other Alpha Lambda Delta chapters across the country to show their ALD pride on a weekly basis.
“Anthony goes above and beyond to assist our executive board in accomplishing whatever our next mission might be,” said Nicole Thompson, junior advisor of the Western Michigan University ALD chapter. “He has a very clear perspective of what it means to be an Alpha Lambda Delta advisor. He ensures that the student leaders of our chapter’s executive board are given enough independence to learn and practice leadership skills. We have learned skills that will be helpful in years to come.” Thompson also said, “Anthony Helms is hardworking, strategic, and cherished by many. I would not be the student I am today without this extraordinary chapter advisor.”
Helms will be presented with an award from Alpha Lambda Delta and will deliver a keynote address at the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. this October. The chapter will also receive a $200 cash award. Alpha Lambda Delta takes pride in recognizing Anthony Helms from Western Michigan University as the 2016 Outstanding Advisor of the Year.
2016 Executive Director's Advisors of the Year
Congratulations to this year's 2016 Executive Director's Advisors of the Year. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to Alpha Lambda Delta. Thank you for your continued, excellent service.
Latotsha Britt, Grambling State University
Ms. Britt took the initiative to revive the chapter at Grambling State University, which had been inactive since 2009! She exemplifies a great attitude along with enthusiasm in getting students involved with Alpha Lambda Delta. Britt is very excited about the future of ALD at Grambling State University, and the National Office is excited to work with her.
Reatha Cox, Northwestern State University
Ms. Cox is a caring advisor with excellent organizational skills. She had a membership increase of 32% from last year, receiving a Delta Award. Through her great planning and hospitality, Cox had an amazing turnout for this year's induction ceremony - over 500 in attendance!
Dr. Marty Knepper, Morningside College
Dr. Knepper has served as an Alpha Lambda Delta advisor at Morningside for 25 years. She has been an active participant at conferences, and also took on an additional role editing The Flame this year. Knepper's chapter is very active and consistently wins Alpha Awards for high membership yield.
Erin Mroczka, SUNY Fredonia
Ms. Mroczka is in her tenth year as an ALD advisor, and immediately reached out to the new National Office staff to welcome the office to Western New York. She invited the Executive Director to their fall induction ceremony, as well as found the National Office a great student assistant for the summer.
Dr. Edna Steele, Converse College
Dr. Steele is in her 20th year as an advisor at Converse College. She wrote one of the first content articles for The Flame magazine, sharing advice on chapter recruitment. Her chapter is consistently presented with the Alpha Award for high membership yield, and this year was additionally awarded the Delta Award for high membership increase.
John Yao, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Mr. Yao is constantly a pleasure to work with, practicing great follow-up and communication with the National Office. John has increased and maintained membership yield percentages since he began as an advisor in 2009. Yao's chapter had high membership yield this year, winning the highest level of the Delta Award.