Tanya Pitt   2010 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Tanya has been worked at the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick since August of 1998.  During this time she has been employed as the Student Coordinator and Advisor in the Faculty of Arts, providing support and guidance to several thousand students in their academic planning.  As the Student Coordinator and Advisor she has developed and regularly implements an accurate and effective advising system for students in their first and second year of study (approximately 500 at any given point in time), as well as part-time, mature and transfer students enrolled in the Certificate of General Studies, Bachelor of Arts degree, and concurrent Arts degree programs.  She also completes second degree assessments, confirms graduation requirements, coordinates transfer credit assessments and letters of permission to study off campus, and assists in the decisions on the awarding of transfer credits for Arts students.  She knows almost all of the students in the Faculty of Arts and takes great personal pleasure when her students walk across the stage during convocation.

As a result of her responsibilities Tanya has worked closely with the Registrar’s Office regarding admission and program regulations and with members of the university administration, faculty/staff, and professional schools on both campuses to provide accurate and relevant information to students regarding their academic program and career options.  She is well known and well loved by all parts of the university community.

She is also an active member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), participating regularly in their regional and national conferences and represented Northeast Region 1 as a member of NACADA’s Executive in 2003 and 2004, and from 2007 to the present.  She was also the NACADA Region 1’s Recipient of the 2007 Academic Advising Excellence Award.

It would be remiss not to mention Tanya Pitt’s community involvement and the role she plays as a member of UNB Saint John in the wider Saint John community.  She has received her certification as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in 2006 and played various roles linked to her concern for others over the years.  This has included being a board member of MindCare NB since 2007, a Volunteer for Skate to Care (2009), a Volunteer Counsellor for CanSpell (2006), a Co-facilitator for a Self-Esteem Group for Teenage Girls with Family Plus/Life Solutions (2006) among other activities.

All in all Tanya has been an active and committed member of the UNBSJ and Saint John community.  Her hard work and dedication have made the experience of thousands of university students more enjoyable and less confusing and she is always willing to work to make this a better place for students, staff and faculty.  She embodies the values that led to the creation of the UNB Distinguish Service Awards and is well deserving of this recognition.

Sharon Smith
Faculty of Arts - UNBSJ