Awards and Recognition


Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards & Day of Recognition

Each year the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award is presented by the UK Advising Network to one full-time professional advisor and one faculty advisor for outstanding service. Ken Freedman, the award's namesake, was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and served as a professional advisor at UK until his death in 2001.  


In 2018-19, the UK Advising Network became a an institutional member of the National Academic Advising Association and opted to expand its awards program to align with NACADA's National Awards. In addition to the Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Awards, the UK Advising Network started to recognize members of the UK community with awards for an Outstanding New Advisor, Empowering Leadership in Administration, Innovative Advising, and Advocate in Advising - Friend to the Community in 2019.  

To see the full list of previous Ken Freedman awardees, click here.

Awardees will also be nominated by the UK Advising Network for the corresponding NACADA Regional and NACADA National Awards. To see the full list of University of Kentucky advisors recognized by NACADA, click here.


"Toot Your Horn Tuesdays" and "Top Toots" Recognition 

Members of the UK community are encouraged to "toot your horns" and tell us about the outstanding work being done by advisors on UK's campus. You may recognize yourself or a valued colleague via the submission form here. Weekly Top Toots will be selected from the pool, and those advisors will be featured in an upcoming Advising Network Weekly Digest.  

If a college or organizational unit is doing good work that you'd like to have featured, we also invite you to submit information about those initiatives! To "Toot Your Horn" for a college or org unit, submit an Announcement for the digest or email with "Toot Your Horn" as the subject line.

The Advising Network weekly digest will regularly feature a "Toot Your Horn Tuesday" section. The section will include the "Top Toots!" advisor spotlights, as well as highlight good work being done by the Advising Network and colleges/units across campus.