Editor’s Note: This is the first 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.
As Keuka College’s head athletic trainer and assistant director of athletics, Jeff Bray’s responsibilities include game-day management.
“That means when we have a home sporting event, it is my responsibility to make sure the field or court is ready for game time,” said Bray. “But when I am taping ankles in the Weed athletic training room, and the scoreboard on the baseball field isn’t working or the sound system won’t turn on, you can imagine how difficult it would be for me to rectify the problem.”
Enter senior Michael Marsh.
“Whether he is scheduled to work a particular event or not, when things do not go according to plan, I know he is a phone call away,” said Bray. “If we were to have an event schedule change, it is not uncommon for coaches to ask for Michael.”
And, it is not uncommon for Bray to trust Marsh, a management major from Elmira, to complete the task correctly the first time.
“Early on, he demonstrated the aptitude and willingness to be in charge,” said Bray. “Over time, Michael has become ‘the guy.’ Michael’s duties might include greeting game officials and visiting teams, troubleshooting an uncooperative sound system, or scheduling his peers for dozens of event dates. He is without a doubt the go-to person when we have a home sporting event.”
According to Bray, there have been situations this year when “I have had the opportunity to see Michael in a great number of stressful situations dealing with coaches, game officials, and players and he is always poised, confident and respectful. He always presents himself in a professional manner, and is an outstanding ambassador of our athletic program.”
As a work study supervisor and College employee for more than 18 years, Bray “has been blessed” with numerous student employees.
“During those 18 years, I have supervised more than 400 student employees,” said Bray. “Without any reservation, I would put Michael in my top three. With graduation closing in, I know Michael will be a tremendous ambassador for our institution. It has been a pleasure to work with him and to play a small role in his collegiate experience. He is absolutely an outstanding young man.”