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Adair native Jennifer Furkin named LWC freshman adviser
Columbian is 2006 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College
By Emily F. Harlan, LWC News Writer
Jennifer Furkin is the latest addition to Lindsey Wilson College's freshman advising team. As a freshman adviser, Furkin works closely with the college's first-year students as they adapt to college life. She and three fellow advisers guide students in their social, academic and leadership decisions.
"Starting out at college is scary," Furkin said. "I understand that coming from high school to college is a difficult transition. Lindsey Wilson's freshman advising program is a good team to help students." Director of Academic Success and Freshman Advising Anissa Radford said Furkin will make a strong contribution to the college's advising team.
"Jennifer is a wonderful complement to the freshman advising team given her extensive knowledge coming from her work in the registrar's office," Radford said. "Jennifer knows the college catalog and course requirements, and can answer any specific questions about classes.
"All four of the freshman advisers are graduates of the college, so they know Lindsey Wilson's culture and climate and appreciate it. Our staff truly has a passion for Lindsey Wilson students. The freshman advising program is in good hands."
A Columbia native, Furkin is a 2006 Lindsey Wilson College graduate, earning a bachelor of arts degree in communication. After graduation, Furkin worked as a research/external specialist in the college's registrar's office, where she had been a workstudy student.
Furkin said her work in the registrar's office gave her a desire to interact more directly with students. "In advising you get more directly involved in students' lives and events," Furkin said. "The opportunity to make a difference in students' lives is what drew me to this job."
Furkin said she is excited about working with a team of freshman advisers that focuses on students' progress throughout their college careers.
"The freshman advisers focus on the students' abilities to transition from high school to college," Furkin said. "Freshman advisers put new students at ease. They show students how to have fun, make friends and excel in the classroom.
"I was given such a good education, and I hope to help, in a small way, students to experience that as well. I hope to be a part of the campus community for a long time."
Freshman adviser Benson Sexton said Furkin is a perfect fit for the advising team. "Jennifer brings enthusiasm and excitement to the program and will make an instant impact in our office," Sexton said. "As a native of Adair County and a Lindsey Wilson graduate, Jennifer understands the needs of our students and will strive to provide all the resources available to help our students succeed."
This story was posted on 2007-04-13 10:08:35
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