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Squires Recipient of Staff Make Students Count Award

A student says, “She has a way of instilling confidence in her students while keeping us grounded."

Marsha on Orientation whale watch
UAS Staff Make Students Count 2012 Winner Marsha Squires (second from right) with students on 6th Annual Orientation Whale Watching Cruise, Aug.29, 2012.

Academic Exchange and Study Abroad Coordinator Marsha Squires is the honored recipient of the 2012 Staff Make Students Count Award for UAS. She was one of four recipients from UAS , UAA, UAF and UA.  The awards were presented at the June 2012 Board of Regents meeting. Here is the article on Squires published in the Statewide Voice:

Marsha Squires has worked with the University of Alaska Southeast for nine years where she has coordinated the domestic and international student exchange and study abroad programs. She has enthusiastically promoted the benefits of exchange study, facilitated placements, and advised students. Under Marsha’s guidance, the number of UAS students participating in exchange and study abroad has grown. Marsha assists international degree-seeking students in her role as the international student advisor. She also serves as advisor to Global Connections and plays a leadership role in New Student Orientation. She has brought other cultures to UAS by organizing the International Education week, a Global Gala, and many lunchtime travelogues. These events include international food, musical performances, foreign language practice, and slide shows about student and faculty exchanges. A colleague who witnessed UAS students before and after participating in exchange programs says, “I have seen amazing transformations toward empowerment. Marsha is playing an instrumental role in these transformations.” A student says, “She has a way of instilling confidence in her students while keeping us grounded. She encourages us to stretch beyond our comfort zones and broaden our educational experiences. Joy is her strength, and she shares it every chance she gets.”
The article on Squires and other recipients can be read here:


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