Alex Niemiera, professor in the Department of Horticulture and assistant dean of Student Programs in CALS at Virginia Tech, has received Career Services’ Award for Excellence in Career Advising for 2014.
Niemiera, who joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1989, said in order to best guide students, he has to “feel out the student’s needs, desires and background” and to keep himself up-to-date on what is available in the field.
“He really appreciates his contact with undergraduate students,” said Richard Veilleux, interim head of the Department of Horticulture.
“It is important for us to recognize the work that Departmental Career Advisors are doing to assist students,” said Amy McPherson, associate director at Career Services, “specifically with career related concerns and topics.”
For Niemiera, it is very gratifying to meet with students after they have graduated from Virginia Tech and see how successful they have become in their own careers.
The Award for Excellence in Career Advising was created in 1989 to honor advisors who make a difference in student’s career preparation.
Career Services wants to annually recognize advisors who are innovative in their role as a career advisor.
“This is just one small way to say ‘Thank you, on behalf of your students and thank you for being a role model for others’,” said Donna Ratcliffe, director of Career Services.
Niemiera received bachelor degrees from Roanoke College and University of Kentucky. He received a master’s degree and doctoral degree from Virginia Tech.