BOONE — Appalachian State University student athlete academic advisor Kayla Richardson Hill, a 2005 graduate from Ashe County High School, was honored by the university at the University College General Education awards ceremony.
Hill was one of seven faculty and staff members to receive an award.
“General education and other first year experiences make up the foundation upon which student success, both in academia and in life, is built. I am happy to recognize some of the truly masterful builders,” said Dr. Michael Krenn, professor of history and director of general education at Appalachian State.
Hill received the Excellence in Student Advising and Mentoring Award, an honor bestowed upon the faculty or staff member that “promotes and fosters student learning, development and self-authorship through their advising and mentoring activities.”
Hill was a former softball standout at both Ashe County High School and App State. She spent time on the Mountaineer coaching staff until 2012.
Hill completed her master’s degree in 2013 and was hired as an academic advisor for student athletes in App State’s Learning Assistance Program.
According to Hill, she works with athletes on the wrestling team, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s soccer.
“I advise them on what classes to take and help track their eligibility. I support them academically, professionally, athletically, personally and emotionally sometimes,” Hill said. “We’re not just advisors, sometimes we are moms away from home.”
Hill was nominated for the award by one of her colleagues, Carl Anderson.
“We work closely together because in addition to my advising job, I am the study hall coordinator so we share graduate assistants,” said Hill.
Hill and her husband Adam currently reside in Boone.
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