JBU Prof. Named Nat. Post-Secondary Counselor of the Year

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Siloam Springs, Ark (May 24, 2002) - The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has named John Brown University professor Dr. Carole Maines National Post-Secondary Counselor of the Year.

Maines was nominated for the award in spring 2001 by her students who are members of the Northwest Arkansas School Counselor Association. She was named Post-Secondary Counselor of the Year at the regional level in October 2001 and at the state level in November 2001, making her eligible for the national award. She will accept the national award at the ASCA national convention in Miami, Florida on July 1, 2002.

“I am thrilled that Carole has been selected as the National Post-Secondary Counselor of the Year,” said Diana Berry, president of the Northwest Arkansas School Counselor Association. “Carole was one of my professors during my graduate counseling studies at John Brown University. I was awed and impressed with Carole's integrity, teaching abilities, and knowledge. Carole is now a professional colleague and friend. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient than Carole Maines for this national award.”

Maines came to JBU as a residential counselor in the student development department in 1996. In 1999 she accepted a position as a graduate professor in the newly established counselor education department at JBU, where she currently teaches courses in the masters of counseling program and serves as an advisor to graduate counseling students.

Dr. Doyle Butts, dean of graduate studies at JBU, credits Maines as a significant factor in the success of JBU’s graduate counseling program. “Carole is one of the primary reasons the JBU counseling program has been so well received. She not only possesses the attributes required of a good counselor, but she also obviously has the ability to communicate and challenge her students in the classroom. I am thrilled that her peers and the ASCA have recognized her significant contributions to the counseling community through this national recognition,” Butts said.

Carole is an active member of many professional associations, including the American School Counselor Association, the Arkansas School Counselor Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, the Arkansas Counseling Association and Arkansas Association for Adult Development and Aging.

Carole earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from John Brown University, her master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Redlands and her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in counselor education.

Two other northwest Arkansas school counselors will also be given national awards at ASCA’s national convention. Springdale High School counselor Connie Williams has been named Secondary Counselor of the Year, and Springdale’s Southwest Junior High counselor Dianne Letsch has been named Guidance Curriculum Writer of the Year.

ASCA has a national membership of more than 12,000 school counseling professionals. ASCA focuses on providing professional development, enhancing school counseling programs and researching effective school counseling practices, with a mission of representing professional school counselors and promoting professionalism and ethical practices.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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