WSU advising association names top advisors

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Washington State University advisors have received Outstanding Achievement in Academic Advising awards from the WSU Academic Advising Association (ACADA): Samantha Gizerian, faculty category; Veronica Mendez- Liaina , primary role; and  Tina Krauss, new advisory category, for those with three or fewer years of advising experience.

Together they advise more than 800 undergraduates each year. For more information on these and previous WSU ACADA awardees, visit:

“They see the opportunity to support students as an honor, both in assisting students toward their career and life goals and in their commitment towards student success and retention,” said Yung-Hwa Anna Chow, awards co-chair.

Gizerian is a clinical assistant professor and associate director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience Department, College of Veterinary Medicine. She directs the college’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program. She teaches Neuroscience 138: Neuroscience Seminar and Neuroscience 490: Senior Project.

Mendez-Liaina is the academic coordinator and advisor in the College of Education, Office of Student Services and Department of Sport Management. She’s the NACADA Multicultural Commission chair until 2016. A WSU alumna, she received her bachelor of arts (’99) in communication/ public relations and master of arts (’05) in higher education.

Krauss, an academic coordinator in the School of Biological Sciences, has been advising students for two years. A WSU alumna, she received her bachelor of arts degree (’98) in communication and master of arts (’06) in American studies: digital diversity.