Jarri Newton, adjunct lecturer of agriculture at Dickinson State University, was recently selected as a nominee for the Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars Award. The award is sponsored by the National Resource Center and McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Newton has been teaching at DSU since 1999. She instructs courses that include leadership presentation techniques, freshman seminar and animal science lab.
"It was very exciting and an honor to be recognized for my work with the freshman students at Dickinson State University," said Newton. "Working with freshman students is my passion and DSU allows me the freedom to do it in my own way. All of us that are involved with the First Year Experience Program work very hard to set students up for success from the moment they step foot on campus. It is easy to forget how difficult this transition can be for many of them."
Newton was nominated in recognition of her outstanding work with first-year seminars and her ability to work in creative ways to enhance the academic success of first-year students. Newton has been invited to attend the luncheon program in part of the 31st Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in San Antonio, Texas. Her name will be listed on an honor roll of nominees during the awards luncheon program, where all nominees in attendance will be recognized.