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Announcement of the first recipient of the Sandra K. Monroe Award

Sandy Monroe and Kaletra Dispennett. (Photo provided by the provost) Download image

The Provost’s Office announced that Kaletra Dispennett, Senior Career Services Consultant at the Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), is the first recipient of the Sandra K. Monroe Excellence in Student Services Award.

Dispennett, who joined the Purdue staff in May 2005, was honored this month for her many contributions to the field of student services, including her work as co-founder and facilitator of the Career Advising Council (CAC). , a collaboration between the CCO and the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising. The council was created in 2014 to engage more academic advisors in the career guidance process with students. Under his leadership, the CAC has developed a series of career exploration activities for incoming students (MyCareerPlan) as well as a series of workshops for academic advisors. To date, over 42,000 students have participated in MyCareerPlan and 530 counselors have attended CAC presentations.

Dispennett also facilitates Mentoring Moments, a program that prepares faculty to integrate career readiness into their work with students and provides students with broader exposure to mentors and career professionals. While all students can benefit from the program, it is especially helpful for those who are first generation and/or who come from low-income backgrounds and who otherwise do not have a strong support structure at home.

“I am so grateful for the honor of receiving this award,” said Dispennett. “The honor of collaborating with Sandy during his time at Purdue was a reward in itself. To be nominated and selected by my peers for this particular award is certainly one that I will cherish for a very long time.

The Sandra K. Monroe Award for Excellence in Student Service is awarded annually to a student-facing professional for policy advocacy and/or exemplary service to students and comes with a $1,000 award. $.

The Provost’s Office created the award to honor Sandra Monroe’s contributions to Purdue and her impactful legacy. Monroe, who retired in August 2021, was a consistent defender for the Boilermakers. While at Purdue, she served as an advisor, academic advisor, associate dean of students, and assistant vice president of student services, and she helped thousands of undergraduate and graduate students throughout their stay. on the campus.

Writer: Kate Walker, [email protected]

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