Montana State University

Denise Malloy earns national advising award

April 29, 2014 -- Tanya Reinhardt, MSU News Service

Montana State University adviser Denise Malloy named winner of the 2014 Outstanding Advising Award in the category for new advisers from the National Academic Advising Association. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN—Being new to campus has not stopped Montana State University pre-law and pre-med adviser Denise Malloy from telling it like it is and pushing students to excel. For that she will receive the national Outstanding New Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association at a conference in Minneapolis this fall.

“I am speechless,” Malloy said about the award. “And that doesn’t happen often.”

According to Diane Donnelly, director of the Academic Advising Center, Malloy joined University Studies less than two years ago as the primary adviser for more than 150 freshman in pre-med and quickly started a pre-law advising program as well introducing nearly 150 students to careers in law.

The Academic Advising Association presents national awards to individuals who have excelled in academic advising in higher education. Malloy is being recognized in the category of new adviser, as she has been in the job for less than three years.

“No other colleague has accomplished so much so early in her tenure,” said Donnelly and Emily Edwards, the advising coordinator. “Her good nature, humor and steady-as-she-goes ability to not get ruffled or overwhelmed make her a natural adviser.”

Donnelly and several students that nominated Malloy described her as an “exceptional mentor, professor and adviser ” who takes the extra initiative to work with each student as an individual and help them find their “niche.” 

“She has a talent for remembering names and specific details about each person she meets,” said Kade Henderson, a junior in criminology. “These acts, and many more, instill a sense of trust—especially in students who aren’t sure what they are going to do with their lives. She absolutely deserves this recognition.”

Joseph Schumacher, a junior in political science and a 10-year Army veteran recommended Malloy for the award. 

“Denise has taken the time and shown interest in what makes me unique and shown me how to fully utilize my strengths and experience,” Schumacher said. While many students credited Malloy for being readily available, Schumacher added that Malloy “has the compassion and understanding to meet each student where they are and to help them move forward. She goes the extra mile.”

Malloy brings a diverse background to her position as an academic adviser. She received a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s in counseling and a law degree from the University of Louisville. Prior to entering law school Malloy served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Western Samoa. 

In addition to a regular column in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Malloy’s essays and articles have appeared in national and regional publications. 

“To be recognized by NACADA is amazing,” Malloy said. With more than 10,000 members the National Academic Advising Association promotes student success by advancing the field of academic advising through professional development and networking. “I am excited to bring what they have to offer to my students,” Malloy said. 

Malloy resides in Bozeman with her husband and two teenage boys.

Contact: Diane Donnelly (406)994-6053, donnelly@montana.edu