2010 Conference Award Adviser of the Year

Adviser at Active Minds at FIT named Active Minds Advisor of the Year
Award Presented at National Mental Health on Campus Conference

Nov. 7, 2010– At this year’s National Mental Health on Campus Conference, Active Minds, Inc. presented awards to students and staff doing a particularly extraordinary job raising mental health awareness and decreasing stigma on college campuses all across North America. The organization is thrilled to announce that Dr. Robyn Tapley was named Active Minds Advisor of the Year award for her outstanding dedication and support of the Active Minds chapter at Florida Institute of Technology.

“It has become a mainstay at our conference each fall to recognize the hard work of chapters, advisors, and leaders in our ever-expanding network. And, each year it is increasingly difficult to choose the winners out of our hundreds of chapters and thousands of leaders,” said Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds. “This year was no exception, and I am thrilled to honor the exceptional contribution of Dr. Tapley to Active Minds.”

This year’s conference, which took place Nov. 5-7 at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, gathered together more than 500 student advocates, campus leaders, and experts in the field to discuss new strategies for promoting college student mental health.

“Dr. Tapley is the epitome of a compassionate and caring advisor,” said southeast Chapter Coordinator, Kate Maloney. “She has an open door policy with her students, always makes herself available to provide direction and answer questions, and is incredibly encouraging of the vision her students have for the chapter. In the words of Chapter President, Nicole Gassman – ‘We would not be a five star chapter without such an amazing advisor.’”

“I could not be more thrilled that we have Dr. Tapley as one of our chapter’s advisors,” said Malmon. “We are the organization that we are because of the tremendous energy and commitment of our chapters and their advisors like her. This award is the least we can do to validate the efforts she puts in day in and day out to truly change the conversation about mental illness on college campuses.”

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