The Advisor Award of Distinction, awarded for the first time in 2017, recognizes exceptional commitment to advising a fraternity chapter, Interfraternity Council or fraternity/sorority community. Each recipient demonstrates dedication to guiding and mentoring the fraternity members with whom they work, and exemplifies the highest standards of character, leadership and interfraternalism both personally and professionally.

2021 HONOREES

Congratulations to the 2021 NIC Advisor Award of Distinction recipients!

CHRISTOPHER M. FOESTE

SIGMA NU, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY 

Respected widely on the Southeast Missouri State campus and throughout his fraternity, Christopher Foeste uses his time and energy to ensure the strength of the Sigma Nu Chapter he advises. He has made incredible strides since taking up the mantle as chapter advisor, leading Mu Kappa to earn the top chapter award in the organization. His nominators praise his tireless dedication, his willingness to hold the chapter and members accountable and his success as an advocate for the chapter and the entire Greek system. 

JERRELL SHERMAN, Ed.D.

ASSOCIATE DEAN OF STUDENTS, SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY  

“He encourages students to challenge the social norms, to be bold and different, and to make a difference that will last long after we have graduated.” “He helped me to realize that I could be a catalyst for change.” “Dean Sherman is an unspoken honorary member of each chapter he oversees and advises.” In his 12 years at Sam Houston State, Jerrell Sherman, Ed.D., has proven his commitment, passion and dedication that pushes students to reach their full potential. He is a hard-working, trusted higher education professional who is consulted by IFCs and national organizations on ways they can enhance their own communities.   

JENNIFER ZAMORA

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT PROGRAMS, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN & CHAPTER COUNSELOR, BETA THETA PI 

At Beta Theta Pi, nonmembers welcomed into the family are often some of the most loyal and dedicated volunteers. Dr. Jennifer Zamora epitomizes what it means to be a Friend of Beta: she is loyal, she challenges us to be better, she cares deeply about the students she advises and she is supportive of the other volunteers on her team. She recently completed her dissertation on female advisors in men’s fraternity chapters, and her research is being widely discussed interfraternal circles. She also proudly shares her expertise through student and advisor training sessions for Beta and her own Delta Zeta.