Texas Tech University

2018 - Award Winners

President's Excellence Award in Academic Advising


Kayla Rathman, MS

Animal & Food Science, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Nominated by Sam Jackson

Kayla began working for Texas Tech University in 2006 as a student recruiter for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean's Office. In 2007, she transitioned to the role of coordinator of student and alumni programs within the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. She is directly responsible for over 400 students visiting campus each year for events and programs she oversees. In addition to recruiting, she teaches senior seminar, is the Block and Bridle Club adviser, oversees fundraising for judging teams, finds internships for students, and organizes banquets. She also advises 50 students each semester.

Kayla has proven to be an important and productive member of the department staff. According to Dr. Sam Jackson, "she has clearly excelled in promoting Texas Tech and giving valuable advice to our students. [She] is a dedicated teacher, a concerned advisor, a tireless promoter of Texas Tech University, and continues to work diligently to encourage top students to choose Animal Science as a major."


College of Media & Communication Senior Advisors

  • Carly Carthel
  • Kimberly Bergan
  • Rose Cruz
  • Don Ellis

According to the multiple letters of support from students, the College of Media and Communication's advising center is the place to be advised. "I could not have asked for a better support team behind me when it came to my education," wrote one student. "The Advising Center staff truly love what they do, and it shows in every encounter they have with a student." From his letter of support, Dr. Jerod Foster notes, "all of our advisors play a role in their relevant departmental student organizations, and they continuously show their support by attending college and departmental events. Students notice this care and interest."

Kathryn Nelson, MLA, ASLA

Landscape Architecture, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Nominated by Eric Bernard

Kathryn serves as a faculty advisor for students and as the advisor for the Student American Society of Landscape Architects. According to members of the student organization, Kathryn "has not only impacted the officers of the organization but the membership as well. She is the backbone of our organization and pushes for every one of our events to be academically beneficial as well as fun." Students describe Kathryn as supportive, dependable, helpful, and patient. She is known to be committed to do the right thing altruistically. As one student mentioned, "she toggles a great deal and does so with grace and professionalism."