Faculty Advisors are an integral part of every Sigma Alpha Lambda Chapter.   They provide support, guidance and help to our members and, without their willingness to give of their time and talents, our chapters would not be able to exist.

In recognition of their vital role in the success of our chapters, the National Office of Sigma Alpha Lambda has created an Outstanding Advisor Award.  At the end of each academic year chapter members have the opportunity to nominate their advisor for this award.

We are honored to name Brenda Crouse of Youngstown State University as the Sigma Alpha Lambda Outstanding Advisor for 2011/2012!

“Brenda Crouse has proven to be one of the best advisors a student organization could ask for. She is always willing to go above and beyond for us.  She attends all of our meetings and contributes to our community service activities.  She is always willing to help not only the officers, but every member.  She wants to give everyone the recognition they deserve, and that is why I feel it’s her time for some recognition.

Since the start of this year, she has helped every one of our officers become better leaders.  I came into the position as president after only being a member for less than a semester. I didn’t even really know what SAL was all about, but Brenda was willing to work with me.  When I first met with her, she had this folder compiled for me with all of the stuff we have done in past, templates for how meetings were normally run and activities that we normally did, etc.  Without her, I doubt this year would have been as great as it was.  I think she enjoys working with SAL as much as we love having her!”

Kara Miller, President, SAL Chapter President, Youngstown State University

 Ms. Crouse has earned three degrees at Youngstown State University and has been a part of the YSU community since 1976.   In her years at the University she has served in various capacities: teaching, planning, coordinating, advising and counseling.  She is now a Professional Academic Advisor for more than three hundred students in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  During the past 12 years, she has advised several thousands of “rising students” and guided them on many levels including: research, internships, collaboration with the community, business partners and integrated teaching experiences.

In the summer of 2004 our YSU Chapter was just beginning and Ms. Crouse had been recommended to be the chapter advisor. We have been privileged to have had her remain the YSU chapter advisor for all 8 years of our existence. She has been a driving force within the chapter and has guided our members as they have grown in their commitment, dedication and service to the university and community at large. What began with seven young women in 2004 has grown into thousands of YSU students from freshmen to seniors joining and helping to raise several thousand dollars and having organized service efforts for various organizations such as Relay for Life, the Beatitude House for homeless and battered women and children, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Christmas Child, and Second Harvest Food Bank.  Ms. Crouse has had a tremendous influence on our chapter, its members and the success that they have achieved.  She has been integral to the formation and continuance of our YSU Chapter and it is our hope that she will continue to share her wisdom and guidance for years to come.

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