(Kansas City, Mo.) – UMKC Learning Service Coordinator Amelia Howard was recently awarded the Professional Promise Award by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).
“We are thrilled for Amelia Howard,” Ursula Gurney, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Strategic Initiatives, said. “She is dedicated to the academic pursuits of UMKC’s student-athletes and works with integrity and vigor on a daily basis. She is truly deserving of this national recognition.”
Given yearly to one member from each region, the N4A Professional Promise Award honors "new" professionals who serve student-athletes and who have dedicated their energy to the Association and its mission. Winners must have been N4A members for more than one year but fewer than five years.
Howard, who has been in the department since 2008, serving in her current position since 2011, oversees the learning services for over 200 student-athletes, in addition to advising several sports. She also manages the Tutoring Program, both hiring, training and scheduling all part-time tutors. She assists in the management of the Mentoring Program and the mentor staff. Howard uses the NCAA FLAG/GRO model to assess and assist all at-risk student-athletes as part of the Mentoring Program and provides counseling to student-athletes in the areas of course enrollment, major selection, university requirements and progress towards graduation requirements.