Stanley D. Singleton recognized as Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate

Posted by ncarter | 03/2/2010 07:36 AM

Stanley D. Singleton, Associate Director of General Education Development Center at Paine College was honored at the 29th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate.  Singleton was one of nine to receive the honor.

Singleton was recognized because he demonstrates excellence as an educator and scholar, genuine concern for students, and displays the value of helping students to not only become acclimated to Paine College, but a deep commitment to ensuring first-year students leave with a completed degree.

He empowers each new student at the beginning of his or her educational journey as an academic advisor, counselor, and supporter. He engages students by being accessible, expressing genuine concern, incomparable energy, and a dynamic sense of humor. He gets close enough to students to both hear and understand what they are saying, but is removed enough to help them conceptualize the value of their experiences during their first year.

As a champion of first-year students, Singleton shows great enthusiasm and strong commitment to student success. He carries out his role with perseverance and dedication, and is admired by students and staff alike.

“GEDC and First Year Transitional programs are critical to a first year student because they provide students with their first glimpse of their personal higher education experience.  The first six weeks of a student’s undergraduate career are vital and usually determine whether a student remains at an institution.  When I reflect upon my first six weeks of college, I remember the best times and most significant growth in my life.  I would like to think that I am helping students at Paine to create those same (if not better) memories,” Singleton said.

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition has as its mission to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.

The center achieves this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical, theory-based information and ideas through the convening of conferences, teleconferences, institutes, and workshops; publishing monographs, a peer-reviewed journal, an electronic newsletter, guides, and books; generating and supporting research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and administering a web site and listservs.