Bellcourt Receives Tate Award for Excellence in Academic Advising

Mark Bellcourt was one of four recipients of the 2018 John Tate Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The Tate Award is one of the highest advising awards at the University of Minnesota, and recognizes Bellcourt's high-quality academic advising and many avenues of service to students from all backgrounds. They call attention to the contribution academic advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals. By highlighting examples of outstanding advising, the Tate Awards identify professional models and celebrate the role that academic advising plays in the University’s educational mission.

Bellcourt splits his time between CFANS and CEHD, where he is the Coordinator of the President's Emerging Scholars program and a senior academic advisor, respectfully. In addition to these roles he instructs the Dean's Engaged Leaders program and a class on Native American Enviornmental Knowledge in the spring term, and he continues to innovate and grow both. Bellcourt's commitment goes beyond the office however. Over winter break, he regularly takes a class of students abroad to Ecuador, to honor a Memorandum of Understanding (Eagle Meets the Condor) signed by Ecuadorian Quichua community leaders and the University of Minnesota. This year, in particular, he also served as an integral member of the team to ensure the successful launch of the Land-Grant Legacy Scholars program under a very short timeline. Congratulations to Mark Bellcourt for this well-deserved honor celebrating many years of committed service to the college and its students.