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National Student Employment Week

April 12-18, 2020

Each year colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of the student work experience during National Student Employment Week. Student employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant to any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.

At K-State, our student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. Indeed, many departments depend on the contributions of this reliable workforce for their daily operations. During National Student Employment Week, we celebrate our student employees in a variety of ways.

Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year award (SEOTY)

Nominations for the 2020 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year are now being accepted. Any student who is on the student employee payroll and serves in an official student employee position is eligible. The student chosen will be selected based on their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and their defining story.

Submit your 2020 student nomination.
2019 SEOTY Winner 

The 2019 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year is Po-Yu "Tony" Lai, a student worker in the dairy unit of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry! Tony went on to win the SEOTY honor from the state of Kansas as well! He was nominated by William Brown, Graduate Student also working in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Congrats, Tony!

Po-Yu “Tony” Lai


2019 Finalists

Akayla Calhoun, Finalist

Department: Housing and Dining Services, Derby Dining Center
Nominated by: Valerie Donelan

Zachary Langston, Finalist

Department: Family Studies and Human Services, Family Center
Nominated by: Becky Wolfe

Justin Moser, Finalist

Department: College of Business Administration IT
Nominated by: Stacy Kovar and Michael Raine

Jacob Rose, Finalist

Department: Writing Center, Polytechnic Campus
Nominated by: Kaleen Knopp


2018 Finalists and Winner

Canaan Endicott, Winner

Department: K-State Libraries’ Building Services
Nominated by: Jesica Thornton

Dakota Baccus, Finalist

Department: New Student Services
Nominated by: Courtney Hallenbeck

Kendra Holthaus, Finalist

Department: Veterinary Health Center Dispensary
Nominated by: Landa Colvin-Marion

Brenden Penner, Finalist

Department: K-State Athletics Operations
Nominated by: James Muller

Reagan Swank, Finalist

Department: K-State First
Nominated by: Brent Weaver


2017 Finalists and Winner

Dominique Hoover, K-State Student Employee of the Year Winner

Department: Recreational Services
Nominated by: Jason Brungardt

Ella Magerl, Finalist

Department: Recreational Services
Nominated by: Travis Redeker

Spencer Schrader, Finalist

Department: Applied Aviation Research Center | K-State Polytechnic Campus
Nominated by: Travis Balthazor

Madison Smith, Finalist

Department: Academic Assistance Center
Nominated by: RJ Youngblood and Stephanie Bannister

Jacquelyn Sommers, Finalist

Department: Engineering Extension
Nominated by: David Carter


2016 Finalists and Winner

Kyle Pelton, K-State Student Employee of the Year Winner

Department: New Student Services
Nominated by: Cole Grieves

Katie Harrison, Finalist

Department: Hale Library
Nominated by: Alyssa Bruce

Nelson Pence, Finalist

Department: Study Abroad Office
Nominated by: Joe Milostan

Jessica Stieben, Finalist

Department: Division of Communications and Marketing
Nominated by: Ashley Martin

Trevor Witt, Finalist

Department: Unmanned Aircraft Systems | K-State Polytechnic Campus
Nominated by: Kurt Carraway


2015 Finalists and Winner

Kyle Hooker, K-State Student Employee of the Year Winner

Department: Horse Unit
Nominated by: Kallie Emig and Tasha Dove

Blaine Cash, Finalist

Department: New Student Services
Nominated by: Kiley Moody


Julia Comstock, Finalist

Department: Catalyst Center
Nominated by: Rusty Earl

April Gee, Finalist

Department: K-State Libraries
Nominated by: Felisa Osburn, Jason Coleman, and Lisa Loberg

Sarah Wilcox, Finalist

Department: Pilots Program
Nominated by: Shay Dodson


Ways to Celebrate Your Student Employees

Recognition is an important part of expressing appreciation for the valuable work our student employees do. There are lots of ways you can celebrate your student workers that cost little — and mean a lot.

  • Throw a pizza party, potluck, do-it-yourself sundae bar, foot long sub party; have a popcorn machine in your office; serve cake & punch; have a hamburger/hot dog BBQ
  • Host scavenger hunts with prizes for the winners
  • Decorate office doors or bulletin boards with posters expressing appreciation to student workers and listing all students’ names
  • Arrange for administrators to do some "reverse" job shadowing -- partner with a student worker for a day or even an hour, to see what kinds of duties are involved
  • Organize trivia contests with prizes for winners
  • Distribute certificates of appreciation
  • Recognize your students on social media using #WildcatWay to join the conversation
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