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Above and Beyond

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh of 10 profiles of nominees for the 2011 Student Employee of the Year award that will be presented at the Annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 11.

Samantha Luce

To say that sophomore Samantha Luce exceeds expectations as a student employee would be an understatement, according to Kim Lambertz, marketing assistant for the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) in the Center for Professional Studies (CPS).

“Her service to CPS has far exceeded the requirements of the job,” said Lambertz. “Whether mundane filing, standing at the copy machine waiting for copy upon copy, or facing a major mailing project, Sam exudes such a positive attitude, which makes all the difference between getting tasks completed and making them fun.”

Jack Farrell, director of admissions for CPS, agrees.

A social work major from Batavia, “Sam has become an outstanding part of the ASAP office team,” says Farrell.

“Sam brings an exceptional attitude with her smiling face and warm and positive disposition,” said Farrell. “She is always here when we need her, and seems to put her full attention into every project on which she works. She is extremely efficient and never turns down a new challenge.”

Providing assistance to a large office staff does not prove daunting to Luce, says Farrell.

“She readily takes on any assignment given, follows directions, and has not exhibited any need for direct or constant supervision,” he said.

According to Brie Deacon, social media manager, Luce epitomizes the perfect student employee.

“She works efficiently to accomplish any task given to her,” said Deacon. “She is friendly, on time, listens well, and asks questions. She treats each task as if it was of vital importance to our operation, and we have appreciated her help immensely.”

Lois Austen, program coordinator for multidisciplinary studies, says Luce’s work habits are admirable.

“Sam has repeatedly proven to be ready and able to adapt to the working world,” said Austen. “She is extremely thoughtful and career-minded.”

Working alone or in a group, Austen says Luce “is a determined individual with work habits that are always professional and above par. She has had to complete tasks that were highly confidential and, through her ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, it was never an issue or concern in our office.”

Sara DeFilipps, assistant manager of human resources, says Luce’s tenacity, persistence, and employability skills will distinguish her future contributions to the workplace, while Executive Secretary for CPS Lynne Heath says Luce “is a ball of energy who works hard and fast on any task she is given.

“Her level of professionalism, phenomenal work ethic, and service is to be commended and serves as an example to other students as they learn to interact in the professional working world,” said Heath. “Sam has been such an asset to ASAP and is greatly missed during semester breaks.”

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