PULLMAN, Wash. – The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has selected Karla Makus, of the Washington State University School of Economic Sciences (SES), to receive its Outstanding Advising Award in the primary advising category.
“It is always nice to be recognized for doing what you love to do,” Makus said. “My role models are the other WSU advisors who work so hard to make a difference in the lives of WSU students.”
Her award comes a year after Jessica Cassleman, assistant dean of the Honors College, received the award in the faculty category. Six other academic advisors at WSU have received national certificates of merit from NACADA since 2009.
“We are overwhelmed by NACADA’s continued and consistent recognition of WSU advisors,” said Gloria Tong, WSU ACADA president. “The university can be proud that we have such notable experts recognized on a national level, considering the caliber of schools we compete against for these types of awards.”
Awards in the primary advising category go to advisors whose main role is direct delivery of advising services to students. Makus became eligible after garnering similar recognition from the WSU Academic Advising Association (ACADA) and the Pacific Northwest (Region 8) chapter of the organization earlier this semester.
She is the academic coordinator in SES, part of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. Her responsibilities include academic advising for SES undergraduates (260-290 students), coordinating annual scholarship and award processes, coordinating and participating in recruiting events, scheduling courses and coordinating several aspects of commencement and graduation for students.
“The students I work with in the School of Economic Sciences make me want to come to work every day,” she said.
“Karla is a dedicated advisor whose concern for students is always her first concern,” Tong said. “She exemplifies advising excellence. She was instrumental in the creation of WSU ACADA and continues to contribute her talents to our organization.”
Makus earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in child and family studies at WSU. She joined the university as an advisor in 2007 after 17 years at the University of Idaho, where she received a NACADA national certificate of merit for outstanding advising.
She will receive the NACADA award in the fall at the annual conference in Denver. Her WSU ACADA plaque was presented to her April 19 at an awards event of the University College at WSU.

To read more about Makus’s awards at the university and regional levels, and to learn about WSU ACADA, visit http://wsuacada.wsu.edu.