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Career and Academic Advising

Matthew Porter

Department of Biological Sciences
Recognition Year: 

Nnominated by his supervisor Marcia Wendeln, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics.

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

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:

  • 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


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


Sydney Wiltshire

Kathleen Frondorf

Department of Biological Sciences