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Wal-Mart honors Nicholls adviser

THIBODAUX – Dr. John Lajaunie, professor of finance and certified master adviser at Nicholls State University, received a $2,000 award from Wal-Mart on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in recognition of his outstanding performance as an academic advisor.

Dr. John Lajaunie, professor of finance and certified master adviser at Nicholls State University, accepts the 2009 Wal-Mart Excellence in Academic Advising Award, presented by Dr. Robert Allen Alexander (right), director of retention and student engagement for University College and associate professor of English.

Dr. John Lajaunie, professor of finance and certified master adviser at Nicholls State University, accepts the 2009 Wal-Mart Excellence in Academic Advising Award, presented by Dr. Robert Allen Alexander (right), director of retention and student engagement for University College and associate professor of English.

The Wal-Mart Excellence in Academic Advising Award recognizes full-time faculty members who spend a portion of their time advising students. Awardees must have completed or renewed master advisor certification within the three years preceding their nomination.

A Nicholls faculty member since Fall 1991, Lajaunie helps finance and business administration students reach their academic and professional goals and serves as the College of Business Administration’s liaison to University College. In the latter role, he works with freshmen aspiring to matriculate as sophomores into the major of their choice.

“Dr. Lajaunie’s dedication to mentoring and advising serves as an example for all who value student-centered education,” said Dr. Robert Allen Alexander, director of retention and student engagement for University College and associate professor of English. “As one who habitually rises above the call of duty, he richly deserves this honor.”

Alexander said half of Lajaunie’s award is intended as a cash stipend. The rest will help defray expenses to attend the National Academic Advising Association annual conference — or another conference focused on advising, mentoring or engaging students.

Lajaunie is the university’s fourth recipient of the annual award.

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