Birtukan Abebe was recently recognized for her years of dedication and service as an academic advisor in the Information and Computer Sciences department by being chosen as Metropolitan State University's representative nominee for the Minnesota State Board of Trustees' Professional Excellence in Service Award. Although she was not chosen at the awards ceremony, Abebe feels it was an honor to be recognized.

"It was an honor to be nominated among six outstanding Metropolitan State University staff for the work we do. Being recognized at the state level was truly amazing. It made me feel that my contribution has made an impact to our students' growth and to help them achieve their goals. It is always a pleasure working with students and see them accomplish so many things," Abebe said.

Abebe has been with Metropolitan State for 17 years, and has established herself as a prolific, and influential academic advisor with both students and faculty. Her life experiences have also helped her to be the dynamic employee she has come to be known for at Metropolitan State.