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 Staff Advocate:
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.