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EPPS Advisor Receives CARE Award

“My door is always open.”

Advising students on their undergraduate careers doesn't feel like a job to Nora Hernandez, who serves as an academic advisor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

"It's actually something that I look forward to," said Hernandez, whose office is always filled with students.

Her superior level of performance along with the service she provides to students was recently recognized by UT Dallas. Hernandez and five other staff employees received the CARE Award, which stands for "Celebrate Achievement – Reward Excellence." They are nominated by staff employees, faculty members, visitors and patrons of the university. The recipients were recognized during a ceremony at the McDermott Suite.

Hernandez, who has worked as an EPPS advisor for six years, was flattered when she learned about the award.

"I'm glad that my colleagues think highly of me enough to nominate me for something that quite frankly, I did not expect," she said. "It was a very pleasant experience."

Hernandez was also previously selected as 2010 EPPS Advisor of the Year. She said her approach to helping students starts with making them feel welcome.

"I let them know that I'm here to assist them to achieve their academic goals," she said. "My door is always open."

She first learned about the undergraduate advising job from her professor and mentor, Dr. Jennifer Holmes, an associate professor of political economy and political science at UT Dallas. Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UT Dallas in Fall 1999, and her Master of Public Affairs from the university in Fall 2010.

The job opportunity is a testament to networking, she said. And now Hernandez is helping students much in the same way her mentor guided her.

"I enjoy what I do," Hernandez said. "I enjoy my students."