Jul 12, 2016 –
NM MESA has selected recipients of the 2016 Dr. Arthur H. Guenther Advisor Achievement Award. Serri Grube and Alysyn Merrill are this year’s outstanding MESA advisors! Each of these two fine educators will receive $100 from MESA, which will be presented at their respective Regional Advisor Meetings at the beginning of the coming academic year. Serri Grube teaches with a team of MESA advisors at Valley High School in Albuquerque, and has been with MESA for 13 years. According to Kim Scheerer, MESA’s Central Inner Regional Coordinator, Seri “leads her group to success because she is driven to do so. How lucky we are to have her on our team.”
Alysyn Merrill has been a MESA advisor at Gallup High School for five years. West Region Coordinator Shawndeana Smith says, “Ms. Merrill does her best to provide a safe and happy environment for her students at meetings, at events, and on field trips. Her students often come to her for both personal and academic concerns.”
Selection of award recipients was based on performance and demonstrated excellence in STEM education. This year’s recipients were selected after a committee’s review of specific MESA activity data relating to selection criteria.
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 has established 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.