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Gregory Robinson, Dean of Student Services, Awarded First-Year Experience Award

Gregory Robinson, Dean of Student Services, Awarded First-Year Experience Award

2/28/2013 12:00 AM

In recognition of his work on behalf of first-year students, Gregory Robinson, Dean of Student Services at Olive-Harvey College, was recently recognized for his efforts as a first-year student advocate and was presented the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award at the First-Year Experience annual conference which took place February 24 in Orlando, Florida. The award was presented by Stamford, Connecticut-based Cengage Learning and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition which is housed at the University of South Carolina.     

Read here coverage of Dean Robinson's award in the Chicago Citizen.       

Selected from a pool of 128 nominations, Robinson is one of 10 educators who won the award which is now in its 24th year of honoring college faculty, administrators, staff and students for their work on behalf of first-year students and for the impact their efforts have on the students and culture of their institutions.       

"I am honored to receive this award because I remember what it was like to be a freshman at a large university and trying to fit in,” Robinson says. “I was blessed to have an advocate who helped guide me through a myriad of challenges which often can be overwhelming for first-year students. In my role, I am happy that I can pay it forward and be an advocate for students at Olive-Harvey College.”       

Robinson, who received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Tennessee State University, has focused on a variety of initiatives at Olive-Harvey College to increase the semester to semester and year to year retention rate of students, especially new students, student-athletes and at-risk students.       

For example, Robinson launched a First Year Experience (FYE) Program called Panther Tracks which was implemented with the objective to retain a larger percentage of new students by connecting them to activities, services and resources that will help them to succeed.  Additionally, Robinson advocated for the construction of a new student welcome center to provide specialized attention for new students, and created many new programs including launching a mandatory new student orientation.
“We’re proud that Dean Robinson has been honored for his efforts and we believe that establishing initiatives aimed at helping our first-year students will result in greater retention and more students going on to further college and careers,” says Dr. Craig T. Follins, President of Olive-Harvey College.           

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