PACADA Award Winners
At the Annual Business Meeting on February 9, 2011, PACADA recognized two excellent advisors. Mary Beth Lencke was named Outstanding Advisor and Andrew Oppy was named Outstanding New Professional. They will also both be awarded Certificates of Merit at the October 2011 NACADA Conference in Denver, CO. Now is your chance to get to know your colleagues a little better.
Mary Beth Lencke
Mary Beth Lencke has always loved school. From her first moments of cut and paste in kindergarten to her final days of, well… um, cut and paste (exacto knives and glue guns, that is) in architecture school, she has absolutely delighted in every minute of her education. It makes perfect sense that she would end up working at a university. In retrospect, she wonders why it ever took her so long to finally admit that education was her calling.
After a five-year stint as a landscape architect, Destiny came calling, the planets were aligned, and a golden light from Heaven pointed to the Land of Purdue. Mary Beth started in Admissions, gaining experience with student affairs, studying Purdue history, and learning the fine art of saying “No” to parents. From there, she moved on to the Undergraduate Studies Program (USP), where she thanks her lucky stars every day. She truly can’t imagine working for any other university, in any other office, doing anything else.
This self-proclaimed nerd is right at home with her students, whether it’s conversing about the latest movie, discussing personal values, or finding creative ways to nudge them in the right direction. She takes great pleasure in witnessing and being a part of her students’ lives. Her greatest hope is that they will have as rewarding a college experience as she did.
Her role models are, first and foremost, her Mom and Dad, who are always there for her; Albert Einstein, who believed “imagination is more important than knowledge;” and all the wonderful advisors here at Purdue, who work long, arduous hours to help any student in need. When she’s not saving the lives of her students, Mary Beth enjoys walking her doggies, obsessively watching The Office, baking the best cookies ever, reading way too many books, and conjuring up curses on MyPurdue.
Andy Oppy graduated with Highest Distinction in Agricultural Sales & Marketing in May, 2003. After spending five years working in industry, his Purdue loyalty prevailed and he returned to his alma mater to serve as an Academic Advisor and the Career Services Coordinator for the Department of Agricultural Economics. He is the advisor for the Purdue Agribusiness Club, and co-advisor for the Agricultural Economics Envoys. Andy also serves on the Professional Development Committee of PACADA.
Off campus, Andy has served as the State Chairperson for the Indiana Junior Miss program, a scholarship program for high school girls which awarded over $180,000 to 2010 participants. He is also a member of the Jaycees, North Montgomery FFA Advisory Board, and St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Crawfordsville. Andy and his wife, Megan, and their son, Bennett, reside near the family farm outside of New Richmond.
Photo credit: Mark Simons/Purdue University from the 2/15/2011 edition of Purdue Today