UNO Academic Advising Council Names Kerry Fina Advisor of the Month

OMAHA, Neb. – Kerry Fina, academic advisor for the Division of Continuing Studies was recently named the “Awesome Advisor” by the Academic Advising Council (AAC) for the month of December.

The award was presented to Kerry at the monthly AAC meeting on Dec. 17.

His nominator said, “Kerry was meant for a career in advising. He is intentional at building relationships with his students and across campus. He cares genuinely and seeks to understand his students so that he can support them in a way that is best for them. Which was vital this year as he helped new and returning students navigate the stress of COVID-19 and its impact their jobs, personal life, and education. His passion for the profession is evident in the fact that he keeps up on current research and advising trends. He even works to equip others advisors with current knowledge by presenting at conferences. Not to mention, Kerry is an incredible colleague that brings out the best in everyone he works with. He brings a lot of laughter to every interaction.”

For being nominated as the AAC Awesome Advisor, Kerry will receive a certificate and gift card to the UNO bookstore.

Nominate an Advisor for the “Awesome Advisor Award”

If you know one of your colleagues has gone above and beyond in their exceptional service to students, their colleagues and/or the university, nominate them for the Awesome Advisor Award! Each month, one advisor will be selected at random from the nominations to receive the award at the Academic Advising Council meeting. All nominees will be recognized by AAC for their work.

Nominees must be at least .5 FTE whose primary role is academic advising. Once selected, advisors would not be eligible to receive the award again for one calendar year, although they can still be nominated in recognition of their work.

To nominate an academic advisor, complete the nomination form on the AAC website.


About the Academic Advising Council (AAC)

Monthly forums keep advisors up-to-date on topics ranging from best practices in advising to technology and program updates. The group, which formally launched in 2011, welcomes not just advisors to its meetings, but also many other professionals on campus who support UNO students.

The Academic Advising Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 P.M.

Meetings are open to the public and locations are posted below, and on the UNO calendar.



About the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.