Student Advocate Awards


Do you know someone who consistently goes above and beyond to support student success at UVU? Please submit your nomination by Friday, March 31, 2015. Recipients will be honored at the annual Student Success & Retention Award Luncheon on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Promoting a culture of student success...

The Office of Student Success & 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.

2014 Recipients

Outstanding Faculty Advocate:
Ian Sorensen

Ian Sorensen Photo

About Ian:

Ian puts his devotion to excellent teaching and mentoring of students at the forefront of all he does—tutoring, inspiring, uplifting and prodding his students to success. Under his leadership, a once floundering chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society became a thriving organization for students looking for leadership and service opportunities. Soon, these honor students were looking for a way to serve other students and the Freshman Advocate program was born. Ian contributed many hours to the planning and development of this new program at UVU.

Ian is a true advocate for UVU students, especially for those who need someone to believe in them and help them to see their own potential and power.

Outstanding Staff Advocate:
Tom Liljegren

Tom Liljegren Photo

About Tom:

It is clear that effective advising is crucial to student success, and Tom has set the standard for quality and effective advising. In order to ensure that the College of Science & Health advisors receive ongoing training and feedback, Tom created the monthly advisor brownbag training program and a “student rating of advisement” survey. These programs have provided CSH advisors with enhanced skills to help UVU students succeed.

In addition to these departmental initiatives, Tom plays a significant role in campus-wide advisement initiatives, as well as campus initiatives that are outside the scope of academic advising. It is clear that Tom’s efforts range far beyond his job description and have had a significant impact on student success at UVU.


Congratulations to Ian and Tom! Thank you for your continuing commitment to student success!