Mary A. Schurtz spends countless hours counseling non-traditional students in the University of Utah Center for Academic Advising. As one who had been out of school many years herself, she understands their special needs.
Over the past eight years, Hugh A. Brown has helped U. male athletes dramatically improve their academic standing. The number of students on probation has been cut in half, from 28 percent to 14 percent, and grade point averages have increased from 2.28 to 2.66.For their commitment to students, each has received the 1988 Philip and Mitzie Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling. The honor carries a medal and $500 award.
Schurtz, a self-described "strong student advocate," has worked in academic advising for six years, first as a student in a master's degree program in educational psychology, then as an academic adviser and now as adviser and special program coordinator. She oversees scholastic standards and general advising.
Brown has advised the general student population, nearly 3,000 Vietnam era veterans and students on probation. For the past three years, he has advised the U.'s male athletes.
His success in getting students off probation and improving their GPAs stems from a number of programs he has initiated, such as study tables, quarterly advising periods, individualized tutoring and in-depth advice in selecting majors.