April 2016


Each year, the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) declares a full week in April to be National Student Employment Week. The Career Center at Wright State is a member of NSEA.

Nearly 2,000 Wright State students are employed through the Student Employment Program. These students make tremendous contributions to the university. The Career Center encourages campus employers to celebrate the contributions of their student workers and express appreciation for their good work. 

During National Student Employment Week, Wright State recognizes our campus Student Employee of the Year.

Supervisors: How to Participate

Ways to recognize students:

  • Daily, individual recognitions
  • One, large event
  • A combination of individual and group recognitions

Here are a few ideas to recognize students:

  • Nominate your student for Student Employee of the Year (nomination forms due in February)
  • Take your student workers to lunch, provide pizza, or host a carry-in luncheon honoring your students
  • Post a sign in your department, "We Appreciate Our Student Workers"
  • Have your staff wear special badges that say "Student Workers are Great" or "We Appreciate our Student Staff"
  • Change your department phone message to recognize student employees
  • Honor your student workers with a round of applause at your department staff meeting
  • Design and present your student employees certificates of appreciation
  • Create gift bags for each student, and invite your staff to deposit small items in the gift bags
  • Present your student employees with flowers
  • Purchase gift certificates for meaningful purchases:  bookstore, coffee shop, restaurant, gas station

Student Employee of the Year

Member colleges and universities select their campus Student Employee of the Year, who then has the opportunity to compete at the state, regional, and national levels. Three Wright State students have been recognized as State of Ohio Student Employee of the Year.

The guidelines for Student Employee of the Year selection have been established by the National and Midwest Associations of Student Employment Administrators (NSEA/MASEA).

The Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) is a student who, in their work role, exemplifies reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

The Career Center and other members of the Wright State University community recognize the campus Student Employee of the Year at a celebration during National Student Employment Week, in April.

Selection process and deadline

  • Employers must submit the Nomination Form by 9:00 a.m., Friday, February 20, 2015.
  • A selection committee will review nominations and select a campus winner.

Eligibility

  • Students must have been employed through Student Employment for a minimum of six months part-time or three months full-time, between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.
  • Nominees are not restricted to students employed through the Federal Work-Study Program.
  • Nominated graduate students must be hourly student employees; they do not qualify if they are graduate assistants.
  • Please note that additional materials such as a second letter of recommendation or performance evaluations will not be considered.

Selection criteria

Students will be evaluated on the following qualities:

  • Reliability
  • Quality of Work
  • Initiative
  • Professionalism
  • Uniqueness of Contribution

Make sure the electronic Nomination Form works for you

  1. Fillable, savable forms are designed to be downloaded, filled in, and saved using Adobe® Acrobat Reader® version 6.0 or greater. Using software other than Adobe® Acrobat Reader® version 6.0 or greater may result in the fields on the form appearing blank after they have been saved.
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  2. Some users of Apple computer systems report that the data they enter does not save or appears blank when fillable, savable form is reopened.
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  3. If you are using software other than Adobe® Acrobat Reader® version 6.0 or greater to complete the Nomination Form, an alternative is to capture your information by filling out the form and printing it.
  4. If you use Adobe® Acrobat Reader® version 6.0 or greater to complete the Nomination Form and your form appears blank when reopened, please contact us, including whether you use Windows or Apple system, and what software you are using to complete the form. Send your information to career_services@wright.edu

Tips for completing the Nomination Form



The selection committee can only make decisions based on the information you provide. For this reason, you should try to provide examples and evidence that specifically demonstrate the qualities on which students are evaluated:
  • Reliability
  • Quality of Work
  • Initiative
  • Professionalism
  • Uniqueness of Contribution

Point out specific projects or key accomplishments. State the reasons why this student employee stands out among the rest. Describe moments when the student went above and beyond the call of duty, or made a significant contribution to the department or university.

Per NSEA/MASEA guidelines, please include information and examples about the following areas:

  • The nominee's greatest attributes, as they relate to the job.
  • How the nominee has gone above and beyond the standard work expectations.
  • The quality of the nominee's work and work style.
  • The nominee's leadership skills, initiative, and motivation.
  • The impact the nominee has had on your department, campus, and community.
  • The qualities of the nominee that set him/her apart from other student employees.

Supervisors: submit a nomination

  1. Complete the Nomination Form
  2. The Nomination form is in Adobe Acrobat® Reader. Get the latest free version of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® »
  3. Print out the Nomination Form, and complete it with information about the nominee, as indicated.
  4. Deliver the Nomination Form to Skip Rinehart, Coordinator, Student Employee of the Year, Career Services, E334 Student Union.
    Nominations will be accepted via hand-delivery, campus mail, or email to skip.rinehart@wright.edu
  5. Nominations are due by 9:00 a.m., Friday, February 20, 2015.
    Nominations submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  6. A selection committee will review nominations and select a campus winner.
    The campus winner will have an opportunity to be considered for the state, regional, and national award.

Review past winners

If you have questions about student employment, National Student Employment Week, or Student Employee of the Year, please call Skip Rinehart at 937-775-2556 or email skip.rinehart@wright.edu