ST. PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 26, 2015) — Ping Wang, an academic advisor with Metropolitan State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has received the school’s lifetime achievement award for excellence in student advising.
Ping Wang, of Saint Paul, was presented with the honor during an Oct. 3, 2015 ceremony. The award is presented to an academic advisor who demonstrates continued excellence in serving students and best exemplifies commitment to the profession, and has only been given five times during Metro State’s 32-year history of recognizing exemplary advisors.
“The lifetime achievement award is an especially significant and rare honor,” said Kate Southwick, Metro State’s coordinator of advising services. “The fact Ping has been nominated by students almost every year, and again this year, demonstrates the tremendous impact she has on Metropolitan State students and compelled the selection committee to honor her.”
Wang has been with Metro State for a quarter century, and for 17 years of that as an advisor. Before assuming her current post last year, she advised students in the university’s College of Individualized Studies. Before that, Wang worked in a variety of positions, including university relations, admissions and multicultural student services.
“Advising, as a profession, is my career and destination,” said Wang, who has twice received Metro State’s top advising award. “At the end of each day, I’m able to say that I have contributed a tiny little bit toward the fulfillment of a student’s day. And for that, I’m grateful.”
Wang, a native of Hunan, a mountainous province in southern China, grew up during that country’s Cultural Revolution headed by Peoples Republic of China under Chairman Mao Zedong. As with millions of others, she and her family were sent to a small rural village for about two years of “reeducation.”
Wang was among the first group of Chinese high school students who passed college entrance exams. She received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Hebei University in northeastern China.
After completing college and working for two years in China, she came to Minnesota. She went on to earn a Master of Management and Administration from Metro State.
Wang is active in the National Association of Academic Advisors and the Chinese American Association of Minnesotans.
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is America’s premier university for lifelong learning, providing unsurpassed, competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels while maintaining affordability.