Diane Bowers

Diane Bowers

Three College of Charleston staff members and one faculty member have been recognized for their expertise in academic advising.

Diane Bowers, associate director of the College’s Academic Advising and Planning Center, won the 2016 Outstanding Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The annual award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students. One of only 19 advisors nationwide to be honored, Bowers will be presented with the award at the organization’s annual conference in Atlanta this fall.

Silvia Youssef Hanna

Silvia Youssef Hanna

Two other advisors from the Academic Advising and Planning Center and one CofC faculty member were recognized for Excellence in Advising in NACADA’s Region 3 awards, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee:

  • Excellence in Advising (Primary Role) – Silvia Youssef Hanna, academic advisor, Academic Advising and Planning Center


  • Abe Saunders

    Abe Saunders

    Excellence in Advising (New Advisor) – Abe Saunders, academic advisor, Academic Advising and Planning Center


  • Excellence in Advising (Faculty Advisor) – John Creed, associate professor of political science.


“Academic advising is an important part of the College of Charleston’s mission, and it is a privilege to work alongside such dedicated individuals who pour themselves into their students’ success by delivering high-quality, student-centered advising that focuses on the individual’s strengths and goals,” said Karen Hauschild, director of the Academic Advising and Planning Center. “Our office celebrates their recognition for great advising on both the regional and national stage.”