Editor’s Note: This is the second 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.
According to Kathy Waye, executive director of alumni and family relations, the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at any college or university plays an important part in the success of the institution.
So it is “vital” that the students who work in that office are great ambassadors for Keuka, she said.
There is no doubt in her mind that senior Ron Burd fits the criteria. That’s why she—along with Terry Finger, office manager for the Office of Alumni and Family Relations and Eva Moberg-Sarver, admissions event coordinator—nominated Burd for the Student Employee of the Year award.
Burd, a political science/history major from Penn Yan, has worked for the alumni and family relations office for two years.
“Our alumni, families, and community members really enjoy their interaction with Ron,” said Waye. “He is great at multi-tasking projects which is necessary in our office. He always gives 110 percent to any project that he is given.”
Burd is responsible for answering questions, running reports, typing, filing, planning and working special events, and contacting alumni, families, and community members.
“When his projects are complete, he doesn’t hesitate to see if someone else in the office needs assistance, a true sign of a team player,” said Waye.
“What makes Ron even more special is he also works for admissions,” said Moberg-Sarver. “Ron originally started working for admissions over his January break in 2010 as a student ambassador, helping us with special events, and evening and weekend visits. During that time he became far more than an employee for six weeks. He was hired as a summer employee last year and has been asked to return again this year.”
While working in admissions, Burd’s primary responsibilities include answering questions, making phone calls, giving tours, and sending mailings. But most importantly, says Moberg-Sarver, he helps students feel comfortable during their campus visits.
“He is always willing to help in any way that he can,” said Moberg-Sarver. “He is a dependable and wonderful resource for students who are looking at Keuka.”
Fingar says she “can’t emphasize enough that Ron is a congenial and reliable person. He wants to make a difference with his life, and you can sense his confidence and genuine expectation to succeed.”
“He is committed and willing to give his best in everything in which he participates,” she said. “He shows great drive and initiative, he delights in the work he does, and he completes the work in a highly professional manner.”
According to Moberg-Sarver, Burd is considered a valuable member of both staffs.
“Not only is he remarkably prompt and reliable in performing his various duties as a student assistant and student ambassador, he goes beyond his job descriptions in many ways,” she said. “He doesn’t hesitate to make suggestions to make the projects in each office a success.”
Waye says Burd takes challenging courses and excels in them.
“He has made the Dean’s List, and values learning for learning’s sake,” she said. “He is an excellent student who is always willing to help a classmate when needed. His demeanor makes him very approachable.”
In addition to his academics and work-study positions, Burd is active in several extracurricular activities including Student Senate, the Political Science and History Club, and the Multicultural Student Association (MSA), which he serves as vice president. He is a starter on the men’s soccer team and is a member of the Health and Fitness Club, Intramural Advisory Board, and the Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice Club.
Added Waye: “Ron is one of those students that you know will make a difference in the world. We are excited to see what he achieves. The sky is the limit for this young man.”