Dean of Assessment and Retention Dr. Kimberly M. Yousey-Elsener

Hartwick’s Yousey-Elsener Receives Mentorship Award

January 10, 2017

Hartwick College Dean of Assessment and Retention Dr. Kimberly M. Yousey-Elsener has been named Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students by the Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals (CGSNP) of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

The ACPA is the leading educational and support organization for Student Affairs professionals in higher education. The CGSNP advocates the needs and concerns of graduate students and new professionals in the ACPA.

According to the ACPA, the Outstanding Mentor award is given to a “student affairs professional or graduate-preparation faculty member who goes above and beyond in their efforts to provide guidance and support to graduate students in higher education or a student affairs related graduate program.”

Yousey-Elsener was nominated by students she taught or mentored at Canisius College – where she is still an adjunct faculty member – in its College Student Personnel Administration graduate program.

As Dean of Assessment and Retention for Hartwick, Yousey-Elsener is responsible for building a culture of assessment throughout the campus, coordinating retention efforts, and serving as the Co-Chair for the Middle States Self-Study process.

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” said Yousey-Elsener. “While I spend most of my time and days being an administrator, my heart and passion have always been as an educator. It’s been an amazing journey, seeing these students grow from young graduate students to new professionals in our field. It means a lot to me that they have nominated me for this award.”

Yousey-Elsener plans to attend the ACPA’s National Convention in Columbus, OH in March with her former students to receive the award.

For more information on the ACPA, visit its website.