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National Student Employment Week

April 10-16, 2022

2022 SEOTY Winner

The 2022 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year was Landis Beverly, kitchen assistant at Lacy's in Hospitality Management in the College of Health and Human Sciences! He was nominated by Ericka Bauer, instructor in Hospitality Management.

Watch the 2022 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year Virtual Ceremony

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. 

Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year award (SEOTY)

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 2021 to May 2022 (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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Award Recipients
2022 Finalist and Winner

Landis Beverly, Winner

Department: Hospitality Management
Nominated by: Ericka Bauer

Lily Colburn

Department: Leadership Studies
Nominated by: Kaitlin Long

Jacoby Kerr

Department: Agronomy, KSU Foundation Seed
Nominated by: Addie Clary

Sydney O'Brien

Department: Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Nominated by: Breanne Lombard

Anabelle Sanko

Department: Powercat Financial
Nominated by: Jodi Kaus

2021 Finalists and Winner

Jazstyn Moyer, Winner

Department: Student Life - Polytechnic Campus
Nominated by: Josh Doak

The 2021 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year was Jazstyn Moyer, a Student Life Center front desk worker and Intramural Student Coordinator on at the K-State Polytechnic campus! She was nominated by Josh Doak, Student Activities and Program Coordinator for Student Life at the Polytechnic campus.

Nick Beyer

Department: Plant Pathology
Nominated by: Jessica Rupp

Claire Herrmann

Department: Personal Financial Planning
Nominated by: Jill Parker

Dominique McGlynn

Department: Collegian Media Group
Nominated by: David Levy

Holly Mills

Department: Housing and Dining Services
Nominated by: Kristi Baonga


2020 Finalists and Winner

Katie Buhler, Winner

Nominated by Kaitlin Long

Katie Buhler

Josema Cabanas, Finalist

Nominated by Tiffany Oppelt

Josema Cabanas

Jacob Cowart, Finalist

Nominated by Kurt Carraway

Jacob Cowart

Kaylie McLaughlin, Finalist

Nominated by Linda Puntney

Kaylie McLaughlin

Anna Wines, Finalist

Nominated by Cleopatra Magwaro

Anna Wines

View past Student Employee of the Year winners!

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.

  • Write thank you notes.
  • Dedicate a portion of your department newsletter, website or staff meeting to recognition of students.
  • Create certificates of appreciation.
  • Send an e-card showing appreciation.
  • Host a Zoom meeting to award virtual superlatives.
  • Post recognition on social media using #WildcatWay.
  • 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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