This Unsung Hero nomination of Dyann Whaley, M.Ed., assistant director of the Learning Center, was submitted by Sandra M. (Emerick) MacPherson, Ed.D., senior executive director, academic affairs and student services, and Craig Theissen, M.Ed./L., director of the Learning Center.
Dr. MacPherson writes:
It’s easy to see why Dyann Whaley is an Unsung Hero at NEOMED. She is so strongly committed to supporting students with advising, guidance and referral, and a comforting presence in her work at the Learning Center. Her goal of meeting with every single one of the 174 M1 students to help them be prepared and successful in the medical program they are entering is amazing. She makes herself available at all hours, advocates for students and their needs with kindness and support, is present and willing to help with any events and activities sponsored by Student Services and puts the needs of students first. You might see her zooming with her advisees, making and handing out cotton candy at the organization fair, or working with tutors to help train them for their important role of helping students with their academic goals. Dyann is a valuable part of the Learning Center and Student Services team.
Dr. Theissen says:
Dyann is absolutely worthy of the Unsung Hero recognition.
Dyann is a valuable part of the Learning Center and Student Services team, who strives to provide an exceptional student experience in every encounter. Her passion to help students with their learning development, combined with her willingness to collaborate with faculty and staff, makes a huge difference in our NEOMED community. She also continues to improve our tutoring program to meet the needs of our students and establish LEAN principles for effective operations. Thank you, Dyann, for all that you do for us!
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