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Una Geography Professor Pretes Awarded Excellence In Undergraduate Mentoring

Dec. 30, 2019

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 FLORENCE, AL - Dr. Michael Pretes, Geography Professor at the University of North Alabama, has earned the Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring award by the South East Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG). This is the first time the award has been granted by the organization, and it honors professors who have made substantial contributions to student mentoring during their educations careers and after graduation. Pretes received the award at the SEDAAG meeting in Wilmington, N.C. "This award is a strong statement of Dr. Pretes' commitment to student mentorship and student success in school and after graduation," said Dr. Sara Lynn Baird, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "That the inaugural Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award by the South East Division of the Association of American Geographers was given to Dr. Pretes is a significant honor and a testament to his dedication to his students." Pretes also serves as the President of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, of which he was elected in 2018. His election is the first in 84 years in which the organization's vice president was then elected as president, all while living outside of the region. About The University of North Alabama The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/