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State association honors staffer for academic advising

May 26, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Marilyn S. Kritzman, a faculty specialist in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University, has been awarded the 2009 Outstanding Academic Advisor-Primary Role Award from the Michigan Academic Advising Association.

Kritzman was selected for providing "extraordinary dedication" to her students and colleagues as well as to the academic advising field.

She received the honor during the Michigan Academic Advising Association's annual state conference May 11. The association is an organization of college and university professionals concerned with the intellectual, personal, and career or vocational advising needs of students in Michigan.

Appointed to her current position in 2002, Kritzman serves as coordinator of undergraduate advising and internships for the communication school, advises the Undergraduate Communication Association, and teaches such courses as Internships, Public Speaking, and Argumentation and Debate.

She came to WMU in 1982 as a residence hall director and in 1991 was promoted to assistant manager of the Office of Residence Life and put in charge of overseeing the facilities side of the University's 20-building, 5,700-bed residence hall system. She served as a special assistant to senior administrators in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs from 1999 to 2002.

Kritzman has been an active member of the campus community. She chairs the Policies and Procedures Committee of the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors, is a member of the Faculty Senate and a volunteer mediator for the Campus Employee Dispute Resolution program, and serves on several Universitywide committees. She also is a past president of WMU's Administrative Professional Association and of the Kalamazoo Area Women's Festival.

Prior to coming to WMU, Kritzman worked for two years at Ferris State University, where she was a residence hall director and part-time assistant judicial services hearing officer. She earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Northern Michigan University in 1981 and a master of arts degree in communication from WMU in 1987.

The American Business Women's Association named Kritzman one of 1999's top-10 businesswomen, partly in recognition of her being one of only a few females at the time to have attained a mid-management post in the residence hall facilities field.

Her many other honors include receiving the Outstanding Service and the Outstanding Professional Development awards from the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers, and several awards from WMU's Administrative Professional Association, including awards for leadership and professional excellence.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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