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.

 2022 Staff Make Students Count Nominations

Nominate outstanding staff members for the 2022 Staff Make Students Count Award. The nomination period has been extended to June 10, 2022 for UAA, UAF and Statewide Office. The Awards will be presented at the September Board of Regents meeting.


Up to four individuals can be awarded; one each for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Southeast, and University of Alaska System Office, provided there are nominations from each one, and the nominations meet the criteria and deadlines.

Consider nominating a co-worker who you know goes above and beyond when helping UA students.

Applications for award must include:

  • Letter of nomination and rationale for nomination.
  • Completed nomination form.
  • At least three letters of endorsement from those knowledgeable of the contribution made by the applicant/nominee.
  • Letters from students are encouraged.

Completed application packets can be mailed to the Governance Office at your university, or emailed to the campus contact.

UAA nominations should be sent to
“Staff Make Students Count Awards”
UAA Governance Office
Attn: Heidi Tilicki
3211 Providence Drive, ADM 219
Anchorage, AK 99508

UAF nominations should be sent to
“Staff Make Students Count Awards”
UAF Governance Office
Attn: Ashley Lindsoe
328 Signers’ Hall, P.O. Box 757500
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500

UAS nominations should be sent to
“Staff Make Students Count Awards”
UAS Staff Council
Attn: Michelle Nakamura
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801

System Office Administration nominations should be sent to
“Staff Make Students Count Awards”
System Office Staff Council
Attn: System Office Governance
202 BUTRO, P.O. Box 755000
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5000

Please direct any questions about Staff Make Students Count to

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