Cyril “Cy” Rosenblatt, instructor in the political science department, was the inaugural recipient of the University of Mississippi’s 2010 Excellence in Advising Award for a faculty advisor. This award recognizes outstanding academic advising and enhances UM’s commitment to student service.
“I am humbled by being selected to receive this recognition as I realize that countless other faculty are more deserving than I,” Rosenblatt said. “Without their involvement and support, I would not be able to complete the advising responsibilities that I have been given. Additionally, without the constant support of the College of Liberal Arts, I would be a complete failure.”
Rosenblatt was recognized for his dedication to advising the more than 400 political science majors in addition to his extraordinary efforts to build stronger connections with and provide meaningful co-curricular learning opportunities for the students. Those examples include coordinating Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honorary society for political science undergraduates, serving as internship coordinator, developing new service-learning opportunities, and faculty advisory for Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership and academic honorary society.
Rosenblatt helps identify at-risk students and intervenes when students need academic assistance. It’s this help for students who are struggling that one nominator cited as making him truly deserving of this honor.
“Cy treats each student as an individual, with genuine respect and good humor,” said one nominator. “He is a skilled listener and is always patient with students struggling to find their voice and way. I have noticed over the years what a difference his attitude makes with all students, but particularly those students who are struggling academically. Struggling students often are reticent to see their academic advisor. Cy’s caring attitude, though, allows these students to feel safe seeking needed advice.”