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Linda Bruner, student services coordinator in the College of Human Sciences, was named Auburn University’s Outstanding New Advisor of the Year. She advises all pre-health students in the college, serves as the peer tutoring program coordinator, advises roughly one-third of all human sciences students and advises the Kappa Omicron Nu honor society. Bruner was formally recognized during an awards luncheon on Feb. 19. 

Bruner first came to Auburn in fall 2014 and worked in the academic affairs office on a part-time basis before taking a full-time position in fall 2018. Her professional background is in counseling and education, and she said academic advising is a perfect mix of both.

“Everyone’s path is so unique. My passion is helping students achieve their goals, overcome any hurdles they might face to get there and just being the person to say, ‘I care about you,’” Bruner said. “Making that connection with students is what makes this job so meaningful, and I’m excited to be honored for something I love so much.”

All pre-health students in human sciences see Bruner for academic advising. More than 100 students are currently on the pre-health track, an exponential rate of growth since the program’s start five years ago. Bruner’s current students, coworkers and faculty wrote letters of recommendation supporting her for the award, praising Bruner for her excellent mentorship abilities, positive attitude and dedication to the college.

Susan Hubbard, who oversaw the academic affairs office before becoming dean, said Bruner’s true spirit of service is an integral part of the office’s exceptional record.

“This award is a testament to Linda’s dedication to academic advising and student development at Auburn University,” Hubbard said. “The students in our college have a better academic experience because of Linda and her coworkers enjoy a positive work environment because of her can-do attitude. She is a tremendous asset to the academic affairs office and the greater college.”

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