April 13 through 19, 2014


Each year, the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) declares a full week in April to be National Student Employment Week. Career Services 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. Career Services 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.

How to Participate in National Student Employment Week

Divisions, Colleges, Departments, and Supervisors

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

Students



Students are part of National Student Employment Week when they participate in the campus student employment program.

How students benefit from Student Employment:

  • Earn money that helps pay for educational expenses
  • Develop general skill skills for the workplace
  • Experience mentoring and learn to navigate the university and its processes
  • Gain skills and accomplishments to build their resume
  • Find opportunities that influence their career choices

Learn more about Student Employment

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.

Wright State University recognizes the campus Student Employee of the Year at a celebration during National Student Employment Week, in April.

Download promotional flyer for SEOTY (PDF)

Selection process and deadline

  • Employers must submit the Nomination Form by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
  • 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), during the selection period which is from June in the prior year through May of the current year.
  • 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

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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 or via campus mail.
  5. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
    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

2014: Benjamin Clouse, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boonshoft School of Medicine

Nomination summited by Alaine Dunn, Emergency Medicine Department.

Ben Clouse holding his award plaque while posing with Dr. Ten Eyck.

Benjamin Clouse has worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), Boonshoft School of Medicine since January 2013.  In just over one year, Ben has become an invaluable member of our DEM team and all of its functions. Our faculty and administrators often comment on Ben’s many positive contributions to the department, his professionali

sm, and how well he represents the Department to those both inside and outside the School of Medicine and Wright State University itself. On many occasions, I have seen him give 100% for several hours in preparation for an event and then being the last one to leave. He is dependable and reliable beyond what you would expect from a busy student—especially one carrying up to 20 credit hours a semester while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.

 

For example, in addition to the routine office duties, he has eagerly participated in high-fidelity medical simulation sessions. He has worked with technicians to set-up for these training sessions and participated in scenarios as stand-in nurse or medical technician in teaching simulations. In some cases performing CPR for back to back demonstrations for several hours has been required. Though exhausting work, he seemed energized. Ben has also accompanied the CIMER training team to main campus for low fidelity simulations for medical students and nursing students. In addition, he participated in a “terrorism re-enactment” staged for training purposes working with the Ohio State Patrol. The degree of reliability, work quality and professionalism that is a prerequisite for such a community activity is rarely seen in a student worker, yet Benjamin Clouse exceeded expectations.  

Ben Clouse holding award plaque while posing with Department of Emergency Medicine staff.Ben Clouse has been a remarkable asset to our Department and Wright State University. This is due not only to his work ethic and accountability, but also because of his personal character.  He is respectful to others and sensitive to areas of confidentiality. He shows compassion, understanding, and is of even temperament--characteristics of necessity particularly when working with medical education. 

Career Services congratulates Benjamin on his professionalism, hard work, and dedication to Wright State University!

A special thanks to this year's selection committee:

  • Linda Hockaday, Assistant Director, Student Services
  • Iris Mirelez, Associate Director, Student Enrollment Services Raider Connect
  • Jack Pence, Assistant Director, Student Activities

2013: Kristopher Hyde, Engineering & Manufacturing Lab, Lake Campus

2013 Wright State Student Employee of the Year: Kristopher Hyde.

Nominated by Dennis J. Hance, Mechanical Engineering Program.

Kris earned the award as Student Employee of the Year due directly to his outstanding work habits and willingness to ‘do the extras without being asked’.  He recognizes what needs to be done – and does it!

We congratulate Kris on his professionalism, hard work, and dedication to Wright State University - Lake Campus.

A special thanks to this year's selection committee:
Drew Corbett, Associate Director of Campus Recreation;
Jacqueline S. Robinson, Director, Business Support Services;
Michael LaTorre, Graduate Student, Student Affairs in Higher Education.

2012: Ashley Leasure, Department of Music
(State of Ohio Student Employee of the Year)

Photo of Ashley Leasure at 2012 Student Employee of the Year celebration, with unidentified person in the background.Wright State University Student Employee of the Year 2012
and
State of Ohio Student Employee of the Year 2012 :
Ashley Leasure

Exemplifying reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

Ashley was nominated by her supervisor, Dr. Hank Dahlman, Professor of Music, Director - Choral Studies, Director- CELIA (Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts).

Ashley's Contributions to Wright State

In his nomination letter, Dr. Dahlman outlined some of Ashley's accomplishments in the Department of Music:

"Choral Library Renovation

"During the summer of 2011, in preparation for the new building project to renovate Schuster Hall in the Creative Arts Center, we needed to free up space in the Music Wing. That summer, Ashley, along with the junior level UCA Jeeremy Bon, completely renovated and re-ordered the entire choral music library. This included culling out-of-date and/or out-of-print, and obsolete scores from the files of over 1,000 choral octavo titles (small works) and over 200 major works and anthology titles and other book-format materials. While doing so, Ashley designed and entered data for a completely revised and computerized choral library database, replacing the antiquated and inaccurate card files. She and her student assistants (many of them volunteers that she personally recruited) also completely revamped the library work areas and office space, and oversaw the installation of new shelving in the library, following up with a complete re-filing of all the remaining choral titles. This was a HUGE job, and it was done extraordinarily well, with minimum faculty supervision. In my opinion, this alone should merit an award for Ashley.

"Coordinated registration: 2010 and 2011 Mad River Vocal Arts Festivals

"This event involves registrations from over 125 high school students representing some 25 or 30 high schools each year. Registration involves in-take and database recording of registration forms, collection of fees and delivering these the same day to the Departmental administrative assistant in charge of accounts payable, and regular contact with school directors, students, parents, and public school officials, bookkeepers, and other administrative personnel. Since this is a major recruiting event for us, it is essential that this task be handled in a highly accurate, timely, and positive and friendly way (i.e., "customer service"). Because of this, I typically have assigned this task to a graduate assistant or WSU staff member, but in this case, I had every confidence that Ashley would do an outstanding job. She absolutely delivered, and then some. Some would say it was the smoothest festival we'd ever had, and I'd agree.

"Choral Assistant for Bernstein MASS with the Dayton Philharmonic

"Last May, the WSU Choral Program, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, presented a fully staged performance of MASS by Leonard Bernstein. The performances were the result of over three years of planning, and involved over 200 singers, instrumentalists, actors, dancers and technical crew. Over 80 choral singers from three different WSU choirs were involved. Ashley, along with graduate teaching assistant Amanda Hughes, oversaw all library and logistical matters pertaining to score acquisition, distribution and retrieval. The choral scores were only available as rental scores, EACH score costing $125 if not returned. Thus, we were responsible for the distribution and return of over $10,000 worth of rented scores. Ashley organized the whole thing, closely coordinating with the DPO Librarian. Needless to say, we got all the scores back from students, safely returning the scores to the DPO by the deadline.

"Choral Tour Manager

"Presently, Ashley is working as the Tour Manager for the Collegiate Chorale's presentation at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference and our Spring Tour to Washington, DC and Virginia, which includes performances at the National Cathedral and Colonial Williamsburg. We will sing later this summer at the Champions Level of the World Choir Games, hosted this year for the first time in the US (as it happens, Cincinnati). As Tour Manager, Ashley is responsible for coordinating rooming lists, and contacting host organizations, providing lists of repertoire, and generally assisting me with the myriad of tasks and details, and often under strict deadlines. This is the smoothest year we've had in this regard, and yet the busiest, in over 5 years. No accident."

Congratulations and thank you, Ashley Leasure!

Selection Committee

A special thanks to this year's selection committee:

Jenny 'Alex' Alexander, Lecturer, Department of Communications;
Jen McCamis, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions;
Liane Muhlenkamp, Program Officer Assistant for Teacher Education, Lake Campus.

Congratulations to all nominees!

Thank you to those supervisors who participated in this year's program and nominated their excellent student employees:

2012 Student Employee of the Year Nomination List

 

Student Name

Supervisor Name

Department

Aline K. Amsden

Virginia Byrd

Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology

Michelle Anderson

Mary Reshad

Office of Financial Aid

Corazon Britton

Erica Clay

University Libraries – Reference/Instruction

Sarah Crissinger

Erica Clay

University Libraries – Reference/Instruction

Lydia Detty

Mary Reshad Office of Financial Aid

Ashley Downs

Teresa Stebbins Office of Communications and Marketing

Joshua Elzey

Drew Corbett

Campus Recreation

Alyssa Evers

Mary Reshad

Office of Financial Aid

Jamon Flowers

Candace Phlipot Administration, Lake Campus

Lucy Flowers  

Martin Kich

Department of English, Lake Campus

Brooke Johnson

Courtney E.W. Sulentic Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Grace Klinger

Karin Nevius, Beth Anderson, and Susan Wehmeyer  University Libraries

Joshua Henry Kremer

Cassie Dorsten

Administration, Lake Campus

Vanessa McKenzie

Cindy J. Hauler

America Reads Program, Valerie Elementary

Keith Mora

Karin Nevius

University Libraries

Craig Muhlenkamp

John R. Wolfe, Ph.D.

Technology, Academic/Instructional Programs
Services (TAPS), Lake Campus

Michael Phipps

Jesse Iott

Office of Student Activities

Chelsea Rammel

David L. Goldstein

Department of Biological Sciences

Ashley E. Rode

Jennifer Limoli

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

David K. Yu

Sharon Wik

Department of Finance and Financial Services

2011: Matthew Porter, Department of Biological Sciences

Photo of Matthew Porter with supervisor Marcia Wendeln.Wright State University Student Employee of the Year 2011:
Matthew Porter

Exemplifying reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

The 2011 Wright State University Student Employee of the Year is Matthew Porter.

Matthew was nominated by his supervisor Marcia Wendeln, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics.

Matthew Porter began attending Wright State University in January 2007 and is completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences this fall. He was hired in the Freshman Biology Lab in the Spring 2007 and in 2 years became the most senior lab assistant. Matt continually looks for ways to improve the educational quality of the labs. He has been instrumental in creating new lab experiments and adapting them for the needs of students with disabilities. Additionally, he has taken on an informal leadership role by training new student employees, serving as a mentor for other assistants, and supervising the growing number of outreach programs for the lab. Some of these programs include the STEMM Exploring Science program for middle school students, Tech-Fest at Sinclair Community College, Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day at WSU, STEMM Summer Camp for students with disabilities, and several workshops for home-school groups. His dedication, resourcefulness, and leadership have resulted in extremely successful programs.

Matt takes initiative in several aspects of his job by improving lab equipment, fixing microscopes, designing methods to make experiments more effective, and searching on his own time to find materials that will help students' performance in the lab. A specific example of Matt's initiative is organizing a small team of student employees to re-build the Biology Department's dilapidated bird blind. He also got the group to commit to providing the labor and materials. Marcia Wendeln wrote in her nomination letter: "With some funding from the Dept. of Biological Sciences, Matt took the lead and they completely rebuilt the bird blind from only a frame, replacing the roof, walls, benches, and feeders. He brought in his own tools, picked up supplies with his car, and worked on Saturdays and evenings without pay to make sure the job was done. He also was instrumental in obtaining some donated supplies from Home Depot and Lowes. Although other students have helped with this project, we would not have a new bird blind in the WSU woods if it was not for Matt's extensive effort and long hours of dedication."

A special thanks to this year's selection committee

A special thanks to this year's selection committee:
Chris Murphy Assistant Dean for Student Services College of Education and Human Services;
Charles Long Assistant Dean for Academic Services, College of Liberal Arts;
Evelyn Lauterbach Academic Advisor, Lake Campus.

Congratulations to all nominees!

Thank you to those supervisors who participated in this year's program and nominated their excellent student employees:

2011 Student Employee of the Year Nomination List

 

Student Name

Supervisor Name

Department

Leslie Bennett

Mary Ann Layman

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Kourtnie Binder

Teresa Rickey

Boonshoft School of Medicine Student Affairs and Admissions

Meredith Binsack

Sandy Cash

Reading Tutors Program/Parkwood Elementary Kindergarten Teachers

Taylor Boomershire

Tonya Davis

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Shelbi Boyd

Sheila Nahrgang Student Union

Chase Cathcart

Jessica Sparks

Office of Communications and Marketing

Kathryn Chaney

Tammy Griffitts

Reading Tutors Program/Parkwood Elementary Beavercreek Preschool

Andrea Cook

Marilyn Pickett

Department of Human Services

Michael Cooney

Amit Sheth

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Courtnee Diemer

Shavonia Wynn

Student Academic Success Center

Kelly Ellinger

Donna Maas

University College

Joshua Elzey

Drew Corbett Campus Recreation

Michelle Fleck

H. Roger Fulk

Raj Soin College of Business, Lake Campus

Marie Heis

Joell Mangan

Reading Tutors Program/Beavercreek City Schools

Elizabeth Jansen

Leslie Barr

Reading Tutors Program/Camp Fire USA

Tina Johnson

Robert Copeland

Boonshoft School of Medicine Advancement

Samantha Crossen-Klosterman

Valerie Smith

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Karan Kumar

Christine Redmon

Department of Communications

Kyle Lewis

Abimbola Kolawole

Department of Biological Sciences

Emily Ludwig

T. David Jones

Center of Urban and Public Affairs

Jessica McGrew

Patricia Fox      

Department of Information Systems and Operations Management      

Vanessa McKenzie

Cindy Hauler

Reading Tutors Program/Valerie PreK-8

Tyler Pottkotter

Teresa Bienz

Student Services, Lake Campus

Hanna Ranly

Liane Muhlenkamp

Teacher Education, Lake Campus

Kyle Rarey

Sherry Cwiakala

Department of Industrial and Human Factors Engineering

Amber Reading

Aaron Long

Student Union

Mandeep Singh

Tonya Davis

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Matthan Sink

Priti Parikh

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Gary Smith

Ramakanth Kavuluru

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Lea Steinberger

Angie Tipton

Department of Engineering and Construction

Chelsea Warnecke

Jennifer Turpin

Campus Recreation

Melissa White

Loretta Bailey

Mathematics and Statistics

Alexandra Williams

Jane Wildermuth

UniversityLibraries

Sydney Wiltshire

Kathleen Frondorf

Department of Biological Sciences

2010: Brendan Greaney, Office of Disability Services

Photo of Brendan Greaney with supervisor Jean Denney.Wright State University Student Employee of the Year 2010:
Brendan Greaney

Exemplifying reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

The 2010 Wright State University Student Employee of the Year is Brendan Greaney.

Brendan has worked in the Office of Disability Services for two and a half years taking on numerous roles and responsibilities. Brendan’s first position was as driver of the WSU accessible minivan and his outgoing and friendly personality as well as his interest in working with students with disabilities quickly led to promotions to office assistant and programming assistant. And, he performed these duties with the responsibility and confidentiality of a professional staff member.

Brendan’s attitude and willingness to assist with whatever was needed led him to being promoted to roles with Starting Wright, a program developed as part of the Ohio STEM Ability Alliance grant which provides a webcasting program for high school students who are interested in STEM majors. Brendan aided staff in maintaining the technology needed in order to make this program a success. Additionally, Brendan served as the co-leader of the ODS Peer Mentoring program where he provided exceptional leadership by training peer mentors both in the classroom and at the low ropes course in Outdoor Recreation as well as planning and leading several off campus activities for first year students with disabilities and their peer mentors. He continued to co-lead the peer mentoring program for 2 years and developed and taught an academic course titled ED 101 – Mentoring Peer Mentors and Student Leaders for Students with Disabilities

Jean Denney, Assistant Director of Disability Services wrote in his nomination letter, “He quickly became everyone’s ‘go to’ student employee primarily because he was always willing to provide assistance and he never disappointed you with his ideas and follow through! Since his employment in Disability Services, Brendan has demonstrated exceptional work skills including exemplary reliability, initiative, quality of work, professionalism, and unique contributions to our department. We have been fortunate to have him work as a student employee in our department and his ongoing contributions in servicing students with disabilities.”

Brendan’s commitment, loyalty, passion, strong work ethic, and friendly disposition area qualities truly valued by students and staff in Disability Services. He is a role model to other students.Brendan will graduate in June 2010 with an undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership. He is currently making plans to pursue a graduate degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Wright State.

A special thanks to this year's selection committee:
Joseph Berthiaume, Ph.D., Associate Director, Residence Services;
Jennifer Thal, Graduate Student, Student Affairs in Higher Education;
Gretchen Rentz, Student Services Specialist, Lake Campus.

Congratulations to all nominees!

Thank you to those supervisors who participated in this year's program and nominated their excellent student employees:

2010 Student Employee of the Year Nomination List

 

Student Name

Supervisor Name

Department

Jennifer Blincoe

Jaimie Dulle

Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct

Katlin Bowman

Chad Hammerschmidt

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Shelee Busch  

Connie Dudley

Office of Technology Transfer & Development

Chase Cathcart

Nick Kizirnis

Office of Communications and Marketing

Kameron Davis

Jared Embree

Boonshoft School of Medicine, SARDI

Colleen Devore

Rob E. Boley

University Development

Lauren Cuff Faller

Daisy A. Stieger

Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering

Mason A. Fuchs

Patricia Long

Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences

Joseph Gillis

Traci Rackett

Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Community Health

Kourtnie Hagler

Christina M. Dewitt

Boonshoft School of Medicine Student Affairs and Admissions

Andrea Hemmert

Dane T. Daniel, Ph.D.

Liberal Arts, Lake Campus

Cory MacPherson

Stephanie Gottschlich

Office of Communications and Marketing

Ashley E. Marshall

Kenneth Turnbull

Department of Chemistry

Tolulope Orebiyi

Steve Lyons

University Center for International Education

Jean Rockwell

Sandi Holdheide

Student Services, Lake Campus

Philip Santinoceto

Scott Williams, Ph.D.

Center for Innovation Management

Melissa Ann Schnipke

Dale Goubeaux

CATS/CTL

Kami R. Wilson

Lena Friend

Department of Educational Leadership

Holley Wolfe

H. Roger Fulk

Office of Information Systems Program, Lake Campus

Jeanette Wood

David Jones

Center for Urban and Public Affairs

2009: Nicole Kahle, Department of Biological Sciences

Photo of Nicole Kahle with Dr. Dan Abrahamowicz, Vice President, Student Affairs.Wright State University Student Employee of the Year 2009: Nicole Kahle

Exemplifying reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

The 2009 Wright State University Student Employee of the Year is Nicole Kahle.

Nicole has worked for the Department of Biological Sciences for three and a half years in the Biology and PreHealth Student Services office. Nicole's outgoing and friendly personality quickly led to increased responsibilities in the very busy, high call volume, advising center. She immediately adapted to scheduling appointments for multiple advisors, creating newsletters to assist in communications between the department and students, implementing a new filing system for undergraduate files, and maintaining information sheets and curriculum guides for all undergraduate and graduate students.

Jacqueline Neal, Director of Biology and Pre-Health programs who has directly supervised Nicole during her student employment wrote in her nomination letter, “Nicole's responsibilities have not ended there. With her own interest in health care (she’s a majoring in Nursing), Nicole has approached things from a student’s perspective and has helped to develop a new website and organize seminars and workshops, including the annual “Path to Health Professions” event. This event hosts over 400 high school students and admission representatives from around Ohio. Because of Nicole’s contributions, these programs have soared to greater heights and current and future WSU students will benefit from her hard work and dedication.”

Nicole’s commitment, loyalty, passion and bubbly personality are qualities truly valued by faculty, staff and students. With her strong work ethic and ability to multi-task, she serves as a role model and mentor to other student employees.

Nicole grew up on a farm in the small town of Glandorf, Ohio and is a graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School. She is planning to graduate in June and pursue a career in nursing, specializing in a high acuity field.

Nicole was recognized at a reception in Millet Hall on Tueday, April 14, during National Student Employment Week. Nicole is a “one-of-a-kind” and truly deserves this recognition. Congratulations, Nicole!

A special thanks to this year's selection committee:
Kenneth L. Rosengarten, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Lake Campus;
Barbara A. Conklin, Office Assistant, University Libraries;
Matthew Thomas Skira, Community Director, Hamilton Hall Office.

Congratulations to all nominees!

Thank you to those supervisors who participated in this year's program and nominated their excellent student employees:

2009 Student Employee of the Year Nomination List

 

Student Name

Supervisor Name

Department

Jonathan Beightler

T. David Jones

Center for Urban and Public Affairs

Kurt Brickner

Leona Gray and Erika Delgado

School of Professional Psychology

Chiadika Joseph Chiobi

Nycia Bolds

University Center for International Education

Daniel Hellmund

Dr. Gary Pacernick

English Department

Stephanie Judd

Nick Kizirnis

Office of Communications and Marketing

Rachel Kronenburger 

Dawn McClary

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Ryan Miller

Aaron Long

Student Union Event Services

John Monroe  

Wendy Chetcuti

Police Department

Andrea Palsgrove

Ulysses Drinks

Office of Communications and Marketing

Emily Faith Parker

Teresa Kramer

Payroll Department

James G. Rehl

John White

Office of the Controller

Stacy Richardt           

Eve M. Wolf, Ph.D.

Office of Academic Affairs

Melissa Tynan

Deborah Garber

College of Science and Mathematics

Annika Vorhes

Martin Kich, Ph.D.

English Department, Lake Campus

Holley Wolfe

H. Roger Fulk

Office of Information Systems, Lake Campus

2008: Mellissa D. Steinke, Lake Campus Reading Center
(State of Ohio Student Employee of the Year)

Photo of Melissa Steinke with Dr. James Sayer, Dean, Lake Campus.Wright State University Student Employee of the Year 2008
and
State of Ohio 2008 Student Employee of the Year:
Melissa D. Steinke

Exemplifying reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

Melissa Steinke, student employee in the Reading Center at the Lake Campus, was selected as Wright State University's Student Employee of the Year. In addition, Melissa competed at the state level and was selected as the winner for the state of Ohio!

Melissa was nominated by her supervisor, Judy Brewer, a faculty member in Education and Human Services at the Lake Campus. She was recognized at a reception at Lake Campus on Thursday, April 17, 2008, during National Student Employment Week. Her co-workers had the opportunity to congratulate Melissa at a private reception following the presentation hosted by Career Services.

Below is an excerpt from Melissa's nomination letter written by her supervisor, Judy Brewer:

"Melissa Steinke is a senior at Wright State University-Lake Campus, majoring in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Math and Science. After graduation this spring, she will complete her fifth year at the WSU-Dayton Campus, while also working toward obtaining her K-12 Reading Endorsement.

"As a student assistant in the Lake Campus Reading Center, Melissa works long hours and is responsible for a variety of important tasks. For three years, she has worked maximum hours for the Reading Center (days, nights, summers, and every Saturday morning during the academic year) while also completing her class requirements in exemplary fashion — her current GPA is 3.609. She is also a published author, and she is an active volunteer for the Shelby County Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.

"For the Lake Campus Reading Center, Melissa is responsible for monitoring student enrollment, which involves processing forms, confirming enrollment with parents and maintaining confidential files. She also arranges student assessments, which again involves parent interaction. In addition to students and parents, she corresponds with school administrators to arrange assessment sessions, and she often travels to the schools to act as an on-site supervisor for those assessments.

When I think of Melissa, I think of a hard worker with a determined spirit … I also think of her as a future ‘Teacher of Excellence.’ This is a young person who wants to make a positive difference."

A special thanks to this year's selection committee:
Marc DeWitt, Graduate Assistant, Enrollment Management;
Liane Muhlenkamp, Program Assistant, Teacher Education, Lake Campus;
Dr. Donna Schlagheck, Chair/Professor, Political Science.

Congratulations to all nominees!

Thank you to those supervisors who participated in this year's program and nominated their excellent student employees:

2008 Student Employee of the Year Nomination List

 
Student Name Supervisor Name Department
Kristine Alberico Jennifer McCamis Undergraduate Admissions
Devin Aumend Janet Kuester Community Health
Jacqulyne (Jacquie) Baker Natasha Alexander Pre-College Programs
Lindsey A. Carfrey Allan Boggs Human Resources
Sara T. Danford Victoria Oleen Theatre, Dance and Motion Picture
Melissa K. Doran Sarah Jackson Educational Leadership
Kelly Ellinger Donna Maas University College
Justin T. Fry Dr. Ronald Taylor Computer Science & Engineering
Daniel J. Furman Dr. Joseph A. Petrick Management
Benjamin Gepfrey JoAnn Ford Community Health- SARDI
Kourtnie Hagler Joyce Baver and Teresa Traylor SOM-Student Affairs/ Admissions
Brittany Hillock Dr. David Astles SOM- Dept of Surgery
Kristi Horvath Victoria Oleen Theatre, Dance and MP
Amanda Kessler James Lucot Pharmacology and Toxicology
Jason Klaus Dr. Donna Cole Professional Field Experience
Ebony Moreen Mary Jane Walling Professional Field Experience
Paige M. Piper Layne Crawford Modern Languages Dept.
Alysha D. Rabius Richard Rapp Community Health- CITAR
Brent Russell Amanda Brewer Undergraduate Admissions
Dawn Sanders Pam Wheeler Provost
Jessica Sanders Marie Clemons Student Union- Event Services
Kalie Stalder Cindy Laman Info Tech- Lake Campus
Brittany Sumler David Jones CUPA
Curtis Taylor Kimberly Morris Environmental Health & Safety
Jonathan D. Taylor Judy Brewer Education Dept- Lake Campus
Mallory Taylor Marie Clemons Student Union- Event Services
Shingirai Tichagwa William Palmer Environmental Health & Safety
Annika L. Vorhes Martin Kich English Dept- Lake Campus
Vanessa Walton Tracy Kingsley UCIE
Kia Webb Steve Lyons and Kim Brumbaugh UCIE
Lauren Weeks Dr. Marlene Bireley Retirees Association
Latika C. West Edward Depp Affirmative Action
Madeline Wood Peggy Thomas and Joe Berthiaume Residence Services

2007: Scott Dehart, Department of Modern Languages

Photo of Dr. Dan Abrahamowicz, Vice President, Student Affairs, with Scott Dehart.Employee of the Year 2007: Scott Dehart

Exemplifying reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

Scott DeHart is a sophomore pursing a degree in management with a minor in French. Scott works as a student assistant in the Department of Modern Languages. Conducting language placement tests, greeting visitors to the office, responding to numerous and various inquiries, and drafting correspondence are just a few of his duties in Modern Languages. The department values Scott’s creativity, initiative, and his ability to treat everyone with respect and courtesy.

Originally from Chillicothe, Ohio, Scott returns to his high school to promote the importance of taking foreign language classes. He is a 2005 graduate of Unioto High School. Scott’s career goal is to work for an international organization blending his skills and knowledge of management with the French language.

Award Winning Service

In excerpts from his nomination letter, Scott Dehart's supervisor Dr. David Lee Garrison describes how valuable and effective Scott is as a student assistant in the Department of Modern Languages:

"Scott is the most mature, polite, professional and dedicated student worker I have ever seen. He greets people, on the phone or in the office, in a way that makes them feel at ease; he listens to them and quickly ascertains what they need.

"Scott is incredibly creative. When things were slow in the office for a week or so one time, he invented a computer game to learn vocabulary words in a foreign language that our whole faculty uses.

"’Above and beyond the call of duty’ is Scott DeHart’s middle name. In addition to working in our office, he does things like go to our Majors and Minors Meetings to help us put out refreshments and clean off the tables when meetings are over.

"Scott averages 30 hours a week in our office and is active in many extracurricular activities, and yet his grades never suffer. He is majoring in management with a GPA of 3.93. Scott does everything well."

A reception, held on April 9, 2007, during National Student Employment Week, recognized Scott for his selection as Wright State’s Student Employee of the Year. Dr. Dan Abrahamowicz presented Scott with a Wright State University watch and a certificate recognizing Scott’s contribution to Wright State and the Department of Modern Languages. Scott also received a gift certificate from the office of Career Services recognizing his selection as the Student Employee of the Year.

Congratulations, Scott, for your dedication and efforts on behalf of the Modern Languages Department.

2006: Amanda Smith, Center for Urban and Public Affairs
(State of Ohio Student Employee of the Year)

Photo of Amanda Smith.Wright State University Student Employee of the Year 2006
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State of Ohio 2006 Student Employee of the Year:
Amanda Smith

Exemplifying reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

Amanda Smith was selected as the 2006 Wright State University Student Employee of the Year.

Amanda is a junior Social Work major and business management minor at Wright State University. She is currently in the Honors program with a 3.7 grade point average. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Amanda is a 2003 graduate of Stebbins High School.

Amanda was nominated by her supervisor, David Jones in Center for Urban and Public Affairs, where she has been a student employee since the fall of 2003. She began as a telephone interviewer in the survey research lab, conducting surveys on behalf of governments and non-profit organizations. In the two and half years that she worked for the research center, she has been promoted to supervisor of the survey lab and has had the opportunity to work in different capacities on numerous research projects that the Center has conducted.

While a student at Wright State, Amanda has taken part in the Peer 2 Peer program and has served as a tutor for the Ohio Reads program. She is an active member and former treasurer of the American Humanics Student Association, a non-profit certification program on campus. She is also a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), a national organization dedicated to excellence in survey research.

Here is an excerpt from Amanda's nomination letter written by her supervisor, David Jones:

"After completing a research project in 2004 about the impacts of high school preparation on student success, Amanda expressed a desire to explore the topic further. With this is mind, she and a fellow CUPA employee developed a 65 question survey aimed at exploring the role of high school preparation on student career and college planning. In order to ensure the validity of her survey, Amanda sought out the expertise of many WSU faculty and staff members to gain their input.

"Using Southwest Ohio as her target area, Amanda developed a sound methodology to obtain a representative sample of all public high schools in Southwest Ohio. After having her survey and methodology approved by the University's review board, she began contacting her target schools in order to gain permission to conduct her research.

"Today Amanda's survey is being implemented at more than 40 high schools in southwest Ohio. In all, between 4,000 and 5,000 high school juniors and seniors will take part in this survey. Many high schools Amanda has worked with have expressed a desire to conduct this survey on an on-going basis in order to measure the impact of changes each school may make as a result of survey findings. This in itself has positioned Wright State University to be at the forefront of education research for many years to come.

"After data collection is complete, Amanda will enter and analyze the completed surveys, and will prepare a journal article that she plans to submit for publication in late 2006. Additionally, Amanda has applied for and has been accepted to present her findings at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) conference in Montreal in May of 2006.

"While these attributes are impressive, what I believe truly sets Amanda apart from other students is that she has conducted this research strictly in pursuit of knowledge. She took the initiative to seek out funding for her research and for her travel to the conference, as our office would have been unable to provide all financial support. While our office has been very supportive of this research project, Amanda has been responsible for its success. She has truly been a leader in advancing research at Wright State, and for that I believe she should be recognized."

A reception was held during National Student Employment Week in the Millett Hall Atrium. Wright State University Provost Dr. David R. Hopkins presented Amanda Smith with a certificate and several gifts. Julie Todd, Career Services Assistant Director presented Amanda with a gift certificate and a check from Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MSEA) for winning at the state level. Congratulations Amanda for a job well done!

2005: Megan Watts, Department of Environmental Health & Safety

Photo of Kristin Megan Watts.Wright State University Student Employee of the Year 2005: Kristin Megan Watts.

Exemplifying reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

Kristin Megan Watts has worked as a Student Environmental Health Technician since the fall of 2003. Her main responsibilities include weekly analysis of chlorine levels and coliform sampling of Wright State's drinking water and maintenance of records of infectious waste production, recycling inventory, storm water discharge, and storage of hazardous chemicals.

Her supervisor, Steve Farrell says, "Kristin has been able to perform all her duties with little need for anything more than introductory direction. She is always able to take on a task and complete it in a timely and thorough fashion. The quality of her work always shows through."

Dr. Dan Abrahamowicz presented the Student Employee of the Year Award to Kristin on Monday, March 28, 2005, in the lobby of Millett Hall. Her co-workers were able to congratulate Kristin following the presentation, at a reception hosted by Career Services.

In addition to her student employment responsibilities, Kristin has been a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, National Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and Habitat for Humanity. She plans to begin graduate school in the fall.

Thank you to all students participating in the Student Employment Program at Wright State University. Your work is valued and your efforts are appreciated.

To learn more about the Student Employment Program and how you can be involved, please call Connie Nunamaker at 937-775-2556 or email connie.nunamaker@wright.edu


 

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

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