Thank you student advocates

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The Office of First-Year Experience and Student Retention is working to create a culture where every UVU employee recognizes that he/she has an important role in retaining students and helping them to succeed. Our goal is to increase awareness of and commitment to this role. In support of this goal, the Student Advocate Award is given annually to one faculty member and one staff member who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to student success.


Outstanding Faculty Advocate:
Bryan Waite

Outstanding Faculty Advocate Bryan Waite

Bryan is a relentless advocate for student success through his mentoring, teaching, service and example. Bryan uses his multicultural and education background to strengthen students’ global and intercultural competency. His work with the GI initiative provides increased awareness of and appreciation for diversity on campus. He has helped secure grants for the university and serves on multiple campus and statewide committees. Bryan has been an enthusiastic and effective advocate for the Freshman Reading Program and UVU’s retention and completion initiatives.

Outstanding Staff Advocate:
Mikki O'Connor

Outstanding Staff Advocate Mikki O'Connor

Student success is truly at the heart of all that Mikki does. She personally reaches out to students, becoming a mentor and helping them complete their education. Mikki has helped to develop a personal and streamlined advising and mentoring process within the Woodbury School of Business. She is dedicated to promoting higher education among underrepresented populations and loves to see students flourish and grow. Additionally, Mikki has done outstanding work with student clubs, internships, and acting as an advocate for students.

Congratulations to Bryan and Mikki. Thank you for your continuing commitment to student success!

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I Choose to Retain: Retention is everyone's job.