May 1, 2017 –
NM MESA’s Advisor Achievement Committee has selected five finalists for consideration for the 2017 Dr. Arthur H. Guenther Advisor Achievement Award.
Selection of award recipients is based on performance, and is designed to reward excellence and leadership. Finalists were determined after the committee’s review of specific selection criteria as well as submitted advisor nomination forms.
The five finalists are: Loraine Bridges, Centennial High School; Deborah Haggerton, Carlsbad High School; Leah Olivas, Carlsbad Intermediate School; Monika Velez, Red Mountain Middle School; Rina Viramontes, Chaparral High School.
Selection of the two final awardees will be done after all MESA activities have ended for the 2016-2017 academic year. Selected advisors and their schools will be recognized formally and publicly by NM MESA as recipients of the award. Advisors will receive a cash award of $100 from NM MESA.
ABOUT THE DR. ARTHUR H. GUENTHER ADVISOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dr. Arthur H. Guenther loved science… he loved education… he created New Mexico MESA in 1982. As a research professor of electrical and computer engineering, professor of physics and astronomy at UNM, and Chief Scientist at the Air Force Research Library, he was an advisor and mentor to hundreds of graduate students, and advisor to the Governor of New Mexico. He wanted to influence the lives of high school students in New Mexico who were interested in a bright future in STEM careers, so he worked with university representatives and state and federal government officials to bring the MESA program to New Mexico. He subsequently spent many years working as a MESA Board Member and Board Member Emeritus.
NM MESA and the Guenther Family created the Dr. Arthur H. Guenther Advisor Achievement Award with the expressed goal of honoring the legacy of Dr. Guenther, while simultaneously recognizing the wonderful and important work done by MESA advisors who perpetuate Dr. Guenther’s vision each year.