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The Great Communicator

By Amanda Harrison ’12

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth 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.

Ashley Larimore ’13 is a superb communicator, which is one reason she was nominated for the Student Employee of the Year Award by her supervisor, Kristen Harter, admissions counselor.

Larimore has worked in the Office of Admissions for three years, and according to Harter, has grown during this time into an excellent and dependable worker.

“Ashley is able to learn what admissions material we have and introduce it to new students in a very effective way,” said Harter. “She is able to communicate via phone, email, and in person with all prospective students.”

Larimore also uses these communication skills to help prospective students and their parents feel at home at Keuka College.

“Her personal communication stands out to our students and even more to our students’ parents,” said Harter. “Ashley has the ability to connect with all types of families and make them feel at home at Keuka College.”

Around the admissions office, Larimore is seen as a leader and a hard, dedicated worker.

“She is always willing to help any of our staff members to complete a project and cover when a staff member may be out of the office,” said Harter. “She volunteers many extra hours to the admissions office to help any of our staff members meet deadlines or complete important projects.”

As an admissions counselor, Harter is out of her office recruiting students approximately five months of the year. During this time, Larimore’s job becomes even more important, and she has met that expectation with exemplary work.

“She has the ability to start new projects, answer emails and phone calls professionally, and represent Keuka College,”  said Harter, who added that her nominee also trains student employees in the admissions office.

According to Harter, Larimore completed a Field Period with the admissions office in 2010 to “learn more about our office and the admissions process for prospective students.”

“I believe that Ashley will not only continue to succeed, but will also continue to make our institution an even better place,” says Harter. “She understands the importance of self-motivation, and has the confidence and ability to learn and adapt to new things in the work environment. She believes in herself and has full support of those in the campus community who know her.”

 

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