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:
Marinda Ashman

Outstanding Faculty Advocate Bryan Waite

Marinda feels she is working her “dream job” as her department’s primary focus is leveraging students for success. Daily she gets to work closely with students as she helps them navigate college, find their passions, realize their potential, and learn to be leaders of self. She takes great pride and pleasure in mentoring students as they decide on majors or careers and engage in service or leadership at UVU, the community, or internationally. She also enjoys assisting students as they prepare to leave college and pursue their graduate school goals. Marinda’s focus is always on how to assist students to be the best they can be. She loves the students at UVU, and her innovative teaching practices and dedicated service on committees, and student-centered research demonstrate how she helps students succeed in college.

Outstanding Staff Advocate:
Rebecca Disrud

Outstanding Staff Advocate Rebecca Disrud

For the past five years, Rebecca has focused on creating and expanding Writing Center programs to support all writers at UVU, including the Graduate Writing Center to support the work of emerging researchers in UVU’s graduate programs and GRE preparation workshops. She mentors her undergraduate peer tutors with an eye toward their academic and professional development, helping them design projects that both mesh with their career goals and expand Writing Center resources for other UVU students. Rebecca has also supervised numerous student research projects and secured funding for students to present their work at national and international conferences. Rebecca strongly believes in supporting long-term student success through writing development and strives to make the Writing Center a place where all writers come to succeed.

Congratulations to Marinda and Rebecca. Thank you for your continuing commitment to student success!

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