Kara E. Lattimer, of Christiansburg, Va., academic advisor at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, has won the National Academic Advising Association’s certificate of merit as an outstanding new advisor.

The award is given to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for three or fewer years. Lattimer is one of six academic advisors honored with the award in the “academic advising — primary role” category in the nation-wide competition this year.

Lattimer advises freshmen and sophomores at the Pamplin College of Business, which she joined in July, 2003. She previously worked at Virginia Tech’s Student Programs office, helping to manage residence halls and coordinate activities for international students. She has also worked in human resource management, government social services, and health care.

Lattimer received her bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and her master’s degree from Virginia Tech. She was nominated for two years in a row for the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of ethical values and leadership, technology, and international business skills. A member of its marketing faculty directs the interdisciplinary Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center at Virginia Tech. The college’s other centers focus on business leadership, electronic commerce, and organizational performance. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students. It is named in honor of Robert B. Pamplin (BAD ’33), the former CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and his son, businessman and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr. (BAD ’64).