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UW Counselor Education Graduate Student Receives National Fellowship

October 21, 2013
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April Mack, left, assists two of her Introduction to Leadership class students, MeLania Wientjes of Delta, Colo., center, and Conor Skrobot, of Naperville, Ill. (UW Photo)

April Mack, a University of Wyoming doctoral degree student in counseling education, has been selected as a 2013-14 Presidential Fellow by the national Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).

The Doctoral Students in Counselor Education award supports emergent leaders and educators in the counseling profession.

“Mack evidences a high level of professional commitment, potentiality and excellence with potential for future leadership as a counselor educator,” according to the ACES announcement.

“As a second-year doctoral student, April offers wisdom as well as numerous experiences and abilities that make her an outstanding nominee for this program,” says her department head, Professor Mary Alice Bruce. “She demonstrates increasing potential to make a major impact for our counseling profession.”

Bruce listed several of Mack’s accomplishments in her letter of nomination:

“Her professional commitment is extraordinary as demonstrated by Mack’s work as a graduate assistant who earns top-notch student evaluations for her undergraduate leadership courses and graduate courses. Her students note that Mack inspires them to consider becoming counselors and outstanding school counselors. Her expertise, empathy and nonjudgmental way of being are a role model for all.

“Mack already is recognized as a leader by her peers and faculty members. From among many nominations across the college, the dean selected her as the graduate student representative for the college’s Technology Advisory Council. Additionally, she has two manuscripts in progress with data collected and analysis concluding this semester. Scholarly production is an expectation that she has for herself.

“With several years of experience as a school counselor, Mack is an active member of several organizations, with regional presentations last fall in Park City and accepted proposals at the recent ACES conference. She recently was named as the student member of the Wyoming School Counselors Executive Board.”

Mack received her Master of Science degree in school counseling (2005) at California State University, Los Angeles, and her Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies at San Francisco State University. She worked as a high school guidance counselor in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 2005-2012.

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