Ryan Hill, North Hall and first-year resident coordinator, is the UAA winner of the Staff Make Students Count Award. The annual award recognizes university staff members who provide outstanding service to students anywhere in the University of Alaska system.
Three other UA staffers join Ryan as 2016 recipients: Buffy Kuiper, UA Statewide; Carolyn Chapin, UAF Fairbanks; and Brenda Hurley, UAS Ketchikan. UA President Jim Johnsen recognized the awardees at the April Board of Regents meeting. This year’s winners received a plaque, $1,000 and two airline vouchers.
Highlights from the letters of recommendation for Ryan Hill:
“Ryan’s devotion and passion make him a prime example of a staff member who truly makes students count. His is a student-centered professional who works tirelessly to assist students in achieving their goals. In this endeavor, he frequently goes above and beyond his job duties. Everything that Ryan does, he does because he genuinely cares about students and their success.”
“Every day, he serves the academic, personal, and living-learning based needs of his residents; working tirelessly to connect every student to the UAA community to ensure they have a positive experience during their time here at UAA.”
“Ryan creates a community for students that is safe, accepting, exciting, and empowering. His influence has pushed me to become a better student, professional, leader, and person. It is my sincerest hope that Ryan knows how much his support has meant to myself personally and the residential community.”
“Ryan’s dedication to the welfare of the students and staff under his charge has inspired a similar enthusiasm for excellence in his staff; North Hall staff look to him as an example, as well as for professional and personal guidance. This encouragement towards his student leaders has had the effect of increasing exponentially the number of positive responses from residents.”