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Shelley KotynekStudent Success Advisor of the Year 2017
Shelly Kotynek, S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Shelly Kotynek is currently working as the Director of the Academic Advising Center for the Quinney College of Natural resources. She has served students as an academic advisor at Utah State University for over nine years. Prior to her career in advising, she worked as a helping professional with at-risk students in the field of wilderness therapy for 15 years. Shelly is devoted to helping students overcome obstacles and find success. During the past two years, Shelly has worked on several committees at USU to address barriers surrounding student success. During her free time, she enjoys mountain biking with her dog and her new passion of beekeeping.

Kerry RoodStudent Success Teacher of the Year 2017
Kerry Rood, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Kerry A. Rood, MS, DVM, MPH, DACVPM has served as associate professor and extension veterinary at Utah State University since August 2007. Prior to this academic appointment, he served as the Vermont State Veterinarian and Chief Animal Health Officer. A 1997 DVM graduate of KSU, Dr. Rood has been in mixed animal practice in Oregon and Utah. Kerry has received a number of awards, including undergraduate advisor of the year, Utah’s veterinarian of the year, and president of the Utah Veterinary Medical Association. As part of a team, Dr. Rood was instrumental in garnering professional, public, and legislative support for the USU School of Veterinary Medicine; a joint regional program with Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah. Kerry is from Coos Bay, Oregon and raised on a family owned dairy and beef operation. Dr. Rood married Rachel Taylor in 1989 and they have three daughters. If he gets any spare time, you will find him road cycling or competitive pistol shooting.
USU Faculty Recognized as Mentors,
Utah State Today
Award Presentation and Mentoring ETE Panel, ETE Video

Tonya Triplett, PhysicsRetention Faculty of the Year 2016
Tonya Triplett, Physics

Tonya B. Triplett is a Principal Lecturer in Physics at Utah State University.  Prior to arriving at USU, she was on the faculty of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida where she received her MTS in Reactor Physics.  She also has an MS in Physics from Utah State University.  Her research has included science understanding of Elementary and Middle Level teachers and she is an author of the “Let’s Explore” series of textbooks.  The text was used as the basis for the “Science Shorts” series on the Discovery Learning Channel-Channel 1.  Currently she teaches introductory physics and has instituted classroom programs designed to provide early intervention for struggling students and teach study skills that promote success.

Kristina Scharp, Communications StudiesRetention Researcher of the Year 2016
Kristina Scharp, Communications Studies

Kristina M. Scharp is an Assistant Professor in the Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies Department at Utah State University. She received her Ph.D in Family, Interpersonal, and Health Communication from The University of Iowa in 2014. Kristina researches difficult family transitions and related coping processes such as social support seeking, narrative sense-making, and resisting marginalization. Her current projects focus on parent-child estrangement, (foster) adoption, and families with children who are diagnosed with hearing loss. 


 "The three most potent elements linked to long-term success for college grads relate to emotional support: feeling that they had a professor who made them excited about learning, that the professors at their alma mater cared about them as a person, and that they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams. If graduates strongly agree with these three things, it doubles the odds they are engaged in their work and thriving in their overall well-being.” -

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