Allen Wins Lola Lopes Award for Undegraduate Advocacy

Thursday, April 7, 2011

University News Services

Megan Allen, director of records and retention in the College of Engineering Student Development Center was one of two University of Iowa staff members to have won the 2011 Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy in recognition of their support of undergraduate students. 

The award, which is administered by the Office of the Provost, was created in 2006 as a way for the university to recognize administrators, staff or faculty outside of their teaching role who serve as strong and effective advocates for undergraduate students and the undergraduate experience. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium and a certificate, and their names are added to a plaque that will be displayed in the Admission Visitors Center. 

A committee of staff, faculty and students selected the recipients.

Allen, director of records and retention for the College of Engineering, was chosen because she cares deeply about students' experiences at Iowa and what everyone can do to make them better. In addition to Allen's efforts to ensure that engineering students receive the best possible advising, she has actively expanded her role to include interaction with prospective students, involvement in summer orientation programs and coordination of the college's highly successful tutoring program, which recruits outstanding undergraduate mentors to work directly with other students on engineering coursework.

"She was the driving force behind a major expansion of the tutoring program to meet its potential and to meet the needs of a much larger first-year class," committee members wrote in their nomination materials. "She continues to contribute her leadership to the program's success -- even changing her work schedule to be available during its weekend and evening hours. Her flexibility and creativity in responding to student needs has significantly improved the college's ability to provide individualized and personal attention to students."

The award is named in honor of Lola L. Lopes, former associate provost for undergraduate education and professor emerita of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business. Lopes served as interim executive vice president and provost during 2007-08.