Staff Make Students Count Award


The Staff Make Students Count Award 
university staff who provide
service to students anywhere
in the University of Alaska system.



What is the purpose of this award?
To recognize staff who have provided outstanding service to students anywhere in the UA system. Each recipient receives an award plaque, $1,000 and two domestic airline vouchers. All nominees receive a certificate of nomination. The university president will present the awards at a Board of Regents meeting.

Who is eligible and how do I apply?
All regular full-time permanent and part-time permanent exempt and non-exempt staff employed by the University of Alaska are eligible to apply. Please note that faculty and executive management are not eligible for this award. Service to students may include service as part of the job or as volunteer service, either directly or indirectly to current or prospective students. Please complete the nomination form and submit it with a letter of nomination containing an explanation of the service provided to students and three letters of endorsement from those knowledgeable of the contribution made by the applicant/nominee.

Deadline to Apply is May 26, 2023

2023 Nomination Packet

2023 Staff Make Student Count Awardees
The 2023 award recipients were

Dustin Bawcom  Student Coaliation Advisor Statewide Office
Cody Rogers   Director of Wood Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Robin Callahan High School Initiatives Counselor Kodiak College,  UAA
Katie Sill Lead Academic Advisor,  Sitka, UAS

SMSC 2023


2022 Staff Make Student Count Awardees
The 2022 award recipients were

Kevin Lechtenberg - Associate Athletic Trainor - University of Alaska Anchorage
Minnie Lucy Naylor - Interim Director - UAF Chukchi Campus
Martin Carter - IS Consultant - UAS Juneau Campus
Dory Straight - Scholarship Officer - UA Foundation

Lechtenberg Kevin

Minnie Lucy Naylor

Dory Straight

2021 Staff Make Students Count Awardees
The 2021 award recipients were:

Allie Hartman – Student Organization Coordinator - University of Alaska Anchorage

Stacey Howdeshell – Pre-­major advisor in the Academic Advising Center - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Cheryl Stromme – Academic Advisor - University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus

Steve Mullins – Emergency Planner & Continuity Director - University of Alaska System Office

Read more about the 2021 Awardees in the UA News.

2020 Staff Make Students Count Awardees

The 2020 award recipients were:

UAA - Caroline Venuti, the Learning Resource Center Coordinator and Writing Tutor on the Kachemak Bay Campus of KPC, as well as the advisor for the KBC Student Association.

UAF - Carol Hoefler, the administrative assistant for the Art Department, where she assists both graduate and undergraduate art students. 

UAS - Louis Scott, the Title III Academic Advisor, who provides student advising and math tutoring on the Ketchikan campus.

Read more in the UA News.

2019 Winners

2019 Staff Make Students Count Awardees

From left: Jim Johnsen, Michael Hostina, Denise Carl, Jennifer Lu, Kelly Foran

2018 Winners


From left: Rick Cauflield, Tim Flynn, Jim Johnsen, Wanda Wahl, Dan White, Shayla Sulser, Sam Gingerich


 2017 Winners

From left: Josh Watts (SW), Ginny Redmond (UAF), and Auguste Stiehr (UAS)

2017 UAA winner Woody Woodgate and President Johnsen at the PWSC commencement. 


2016 Winners

From left: Carolyn Pennington-Chapin, UAF; Ryan J. Hill, UAA; Buffy Kuiper, SW; Brenda Hurley, UAS

Read about this years winners in the April SW Voice.


Past Winners

View past winners