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Alicia Pakusch a “Tremendous Asset” to Two Divisions

By Amanda Harrison ’12

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth of six profiles of nominees for the 2012 Student Employee of the Year award that will be presented at the Annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 16.

Alicia Pakusch, a senior adolescent education major, has received numerous awards and recognitions during her four years at Keuka.

Now, she’s being nominated for another: Student Employee of the Year.

Pakusch, who works for the education and social work divisions, was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Paulette Willemsen, secretary in the education division.

According to Willemsen,  Pakusch is “a tremendous asset to the education and social work divisons,” and said she is “dependable, reliable, hard-working, and [comes] to work on time and with a positive attitude. She has excellent communication skills, is extremely organized, reliable, and computer literate.”

Pakusch goes above and beyond her work duties, according to Willemsen.

Despite fulfilling her student teaching requirements, “Alicia is working extended hours this semester for the education division so students have more access to the resource room/computer lab,” explained Willemsen.

Pakusch is “a young woman of great integrity and is extremely dedicated to the field of education. She also demonstrates empathy and compassion for the students she tutors, always making sure they stay on the right track.”

During her tenure at Keuka College, Pakusch has worked for residence life as a desk worker and resident assistant. She has  been member of the Adventure Club, Education Club, Campus Activities Board, President’s Leadership Circle, Bowling Club, Secondary Club, CEC/Special Education Club, and Chi Beta Phi Honor Society.

Pakusch held leadership positions with Sigma Alpha Pi and the Leadership/Supervision/Governance Club, and served as a tutor for Academic Success at Keuka (ASK) and as a New Student Orientation mentor.

Off campus she has served as a substitute teacher in the Rochester area, student assistant at Dundee Elementary School, and a student observer and helper at Keuka Lake School

Pakusch has made the dean’s list all seven semesters at Keuka, received the Outstanding Sophomore Adolescent Education Award in 2010, as well as the Mentor Recognition Award and the Short Prize in Mathematics in 2011.


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