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Andrea Poag Wins CALS Core Value Staff Award for Inclusiveness

November 16, 2016

Dean Kathryn J. Boor and Andrea Poag

On Monday, Nov. 7, Dean Kathryn J. Boor presented Andrea Poag with the Core Value Staff Award for Inclusiveness. Poag is the undergraduate program coordinator for the department of communication. Poag joined Cornell in May 2012 in what was then a newly-created position, after having served seven years as an academic advising coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin. She has since fostered an inclusive community for the communication undergraduates and alumni, built and provided indispensable advising resources like checklists and websites for the department faculty, and started communication’s social media presence to better highlight the department’s research and achievements.

In addition to Poag’s many projects—including transitioning all undergraduate program information to the web, providing new forms of tracking course requirements, and writing faculty advising tip sheets—she has taken the lead on numerous events, such as coffee chats, Study Break Skate, the Young Alumni Madness homecoming gathering, and departmental graduation festivities. Another such event was in February 2016, when Poag regenerated a mentoring event that took Cornell communication students to New York City to meet with alumni from businesses like NBC Universal and the U.N. She advocated for the inclusion of students who couldn’t afford the trip, and worked diligently to secure their funding. Her efficiency touches over 300 majors, 40 minors, and has created the Communication Student Advisory Board.

The Award for Inclusiveness is presented to a team or an individual who demonstrates the ability to communicate across differences to create a collaborative, collegial, and caring community. Candidates strive to increase cooperation, honesty, and openness for all; support participation of diverse employees in professional development activities; and actively support work-life integration in the workplace.

Poag joined 12 other CALS faculty and staff who received awards that night in different categories that highlighted the best and brightest of CALS. Learn more about the winners here.