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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 this award were due Feb. 7, 2020. We have so many impressive nominees; it will be hard to choose the finalists!

Check back here to see profiles of the finalists, which will also be shared on our social media channels. The awards ceremony will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. April 8 via Zoom as part of National Student Employment Week. We'll be posting the access link to the virtual award ceremony here on the day of the event, so be sure to update your calendar and return to this page!

A Little More About the Award:

Eligible Students

Any student who is on the student payroll and will serve a minimum of six months in an official student employee position during June 2019 to May 2020 (anticipated) is eligible. 

GRA, GTA and GA positions are not eligible. 

Selection Criteria

The student chosen will be selected based on their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and their defining story. Please be prepared to explain specific and measurable examples of each, as well as a brief description of the student's roles/responsibilities in their nomination form. Examples of each are below:

Reliability
  • Punctual — always on time, shows up when scheduled and calls in when unable to make scheduled time
  • Responsible
  • Able to work well with fellow employees and supervisor
Quality of Work
  • Work is accurate, thorough and acceptable
  • Uses materials and time economically
  • Completion of work in a timely manner
  • Consistency in meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
Initiative 
  • Is motivated to finish work on time and properly
  • Accepts/seeks challenges and identifies problems to solve
  • Responds enthusiastically to challenges
  • Willing to accept new projects/methods/information that add to the position and quality of service
Professionalism
  • Dresses appropriately for the position
  • Has ability to make sound decisions
  • Serves as a leader and model for others
  • Regularly works with peers to contribute to a safe and orderly environment
Defining Story
  • The lasting imprint this student will leave with your department
  • What sets this student employee apart from other student employees in your department
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.

During Limited Operation Status
  • Write thank you notes.
  • Write thank you notes to parents of students (if appropriate).
  • Dedicate a portion of your department newsletter, website or staff meeting to recognition of students.
  • Mail remote working/learning survival kits.
  • Create certificates of appreciation.
  • Send an e-card showing appreciation.
  • Host a Zoom meeting to award virtual superlatives.
  • Post recognition on social media using #KStateNSEW2020 and #WildcatWay.
When Students Are On Campus
  • 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.
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