April 2011

The Philip and Miriam Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling 2011

Meet Nevon Bruschke

Advising and guiding students to ensure that they receive the best academic experience possible at the University of Utah is one of the most important jobs on campus. Without direction by a professional who understands the complexities of higher education, students can wander aimlessly—or even fall through the cracks.

In recognition of the importance of providing students with a sturdy safety net during their college experience, the Alumni Association each year presents a staff or faculty member with the Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling, in recognition of the crucial role he or she plays in students’ academic lives.

Nevon Bruschke BS'72, student advisor in the Department of Art & Art History, is this year’s Perlman Award recipient. She serves as the principal contact for more than 600 students, including pre-majors, majors, minors, and certificate students enrolled in the department’s art, art history, and arts technology degree programs.

A University of Utah alumna, Bruschke is pragmatic yet creative in her approach to counseling. She has simplified the degree requirements in tables and checklists that include a sample four-year schedule for each of the department’s eight areas of emphasis. She designs her own information leaflets and is known for her genuine concern for students. Says Elizabeth A. Peterson, department chair, “Patience and genuine caring for each individual guide her every interaction.”

Bruschke has also instituted some innovations that help faculty do their jobs better. She developed the department’s first systematic high school student recruitment program, improved the transfer student art portfolio review process, and implemented innovative retention strategies. “[Her] commitment to the department, the college, and the University is unparalleled,” says Peterson. “Nevon Bruschke is knowledgeable, generous, skilled, patient, principled, [and] innovative, and our department is privileged to partner with her on all aspects of student advising.”

Bruschke will be honored at the annual Spring Awards Banquet, which will take place this year on April 21 at the Rice-Eccles Stadium Tower. Outstanding Seniors, selected by respective faculties and administrators from each of the individual colleges, will also be acknowledged; and the Alumni Association will allocate more than $300,000 in student scholarships for 2011-2012 to the Alumni Scholar, Young Alumni Scholars, Emeritus Scholars, Alumni Bennion Fellows, and Outstanding Seniors. Scholarship funds come from individual donations, affinity partner relationships (U of U credit card, insurance programs, etc.), U of U license plate fees, and the Homecoming 5K Run and Scholarship Golf Scramble.

Thanks to all those who support the Alumni Association’s programs for making this possible!

For more information about the banquet, click here.

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Nevon Bruschke, recipient of the 2011 Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling. Photo by Amelia Walchli.

Nevon has been with the Department of Art & Art History for more than 17 years. She holds a B.S. from the U in Exercise, Sports Science and Health with a Secondary Teaching Certification. She has worked with elementary and secondary students, but loves the U, especially the art and art history students. Nevon enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, and, when time permits, playing the piano, reading, boating, baking, and watching a good movie (edited from the Art and Art History Web site).






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