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Top Student Worker, Boss Honored

Keuka's Student Employee of the Year, Ron Burd (third from right), with supervisors (from left) Eva Moberg-Sarver, Terry Fingar and Kathy Waye. Also shown are Director of Student Employment Sally Daggett and President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera. (photos by Case Hamilton '12)

A “dependable and wonderful multitasking student” and a “detail-oriented staff member who takes time to listen to students and lends her support and guidance” were the respective recipients of the 2012 Student Employee and Work-Study Supervisor of the Year awards, respectively, at the Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 16.

Senior political science/history major Ron Burd and Administrative Assistant for the Division of Occupational Therapy (OT) Sandy Teague were selected by two separate panels of judges.

Burd was nominated for the award by Executive Director of Alumni and Family Relations Kathy Waye, Office Manager for Alumni and Family Relations Terry Finger, and Admissions Events Coordinator Eva Moberg-Sarver.

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.”

“Ron is one of those students that you know will make a difference in the world,” said Waye. “We are excited to see what he achieves. The sky is the limit for this young man.”

The 2012 nominees (from left): Erica Ruscio, Ron Burd, Jane Clark, Tyler Moran. Missing: Ashley Larimore, Alicia Pakusch

The other student nominees were Charlie Jane Clark, Ashley Larimore, Tyler Moran, Alicia Pakusch, and Erica Ruscio.

“Recognizing our work-study students is important, and I have never seen anything like this before,” said Keuka College President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera. “I am proud of the work all of our 433 students, who perform 630 jobs for an average of six-and-a-half hours per week. If we were to hire full-time employees to do the work they do, we would need 102 more full-time employees. So, Keuka students do a massive amount of work.”

Teague was one of five work-study supervisors nominated for the award. She was nominated by Emily Conrad, a student office assistant for OT.

Sandy Teague (center), the 2012 Work-Study Supervisor of the Year, with Sally Daggett and President Díaz-Herrera.

Conrad says Teague is the one person she can continually go to for guidance, support, and feedback. That is why the occupational science major from Geneva chose to nominate Teague for the Work Study Supervisor of the Year Award. The feeling is mutual; last year, Teague nominated Conrad for the Student Employee of the Year Award.

“Sandy was looking for a freshman OT student to become one of her work-study employees in the OT office,” said Conrad. “I just happened to be looking for a work-study job, and I have been working with her in the OT office ever since. I consider myself lucky to be working in the office with Sandy.”

Having Taegue as her work study supervisor has helped Conrad “grow as an individual during my time at Keuka and working in the OT department,” she said. “I have gained confidence by having my ideas and opinions valued and taken into consideration. I am allowed to show my creativity while working on projects that are helpful to the OT department as a whole.”

Added Conrad: “After having such a great experience working with Sandy, I hope I can find a job and supervisor after I graduate that I enjoy half as much as the one I currently have in the OT department.”

The other supervisor nominees were Carol Sackett (library circulation supervisor), Valerie Webster (co-curricular transcript coordinator), BJ Hill (office manager, student affairs) and Pete Bekisz (webmaster).

Each of the nominees was recognized at the luncheon by his or her nominator and presented with a gift. The names of the student and supervisor award recipients will be added to two separate plaques housed in the Center for Experiential Learning. The Student Employee of the Year banner and plaque is hung up in the winner’s work-study location until the following year’s awards luncheon.

More photos of the Student Employee and Work-Study Supervisor of the Year Awards.

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