Sarah Banner Twice Honored for Excellence in Advising

Sarah Banner, MCC director of advising MESA, Arizona – June 3, 2020 -- Sarah Banner, Mesa Community College Student Services director receives honors from NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advisement, recognizing her interpersonal and human relationship skills, professional practices, documented success and documented advisor development of academic advising in higher education.

Banner’s recognition also includes the NACADA’s Certificate of Merit – Outstanding Administrator Award, a global award presented to an individual currently serving as an advising administrator and employed by a regionally accredited post-secondary institution; and a Region Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator Award for the organization’s Rocky Mountain Region 10 (representing Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming).

“It was such an honor to be chosen from over 12,000 members for the NACADA awards,” said Banner. “These awards are especially significant because they recognize that effective academic advising is at the core of student success.”

A highly respected authority, Banner co-authored an article published in the prestigious Human Kinetics Journal entitled “Advising in Kinesiology: Challenges and Opportunities” in January 2019, that also was part of a pre-workshop at the American Kinesiology Association Leadership Conference in Phoenix.

A Phoenix resident, Banner holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New Mexico State University and a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University.

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NACADA evolved from the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 and has over 12,000 members representing all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and several other international countries. NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a Consulting and Speaker Service and funding for Research related to academic advising. Learn more at

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020