Kayla Curtis, a senior psychology major, found out today (April 18) she made it to the Final Four of the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) Student Employee of the Year competition.
Curtis was honored at a luncheon for being the 2013 Keuka College, New York state, and Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA) Student Employee of the Year. As the regional winner, she went up against three other regional winners (from University of Iowa, California Polytechnic State University, and Auburn University) for the NASEA award, which was won by the student from Auburn University.
Nonetheless, winning the NEASEA award is impressive because nearly 100 schools/institutions from 11 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and six Canadian provinces are members of the organization.
“Two-hundred students, including six from Keuka College, were nominated at the institutional level,” said Sally Daggett, associate director of the Center for Experiential learning and director of student employment. “Nineteen schools from nine states submitted their winners for state awards and the regional winner was chosen from that group.”
Curtis, who hails from of Red Creek, is a psychology major who has served as student coordinator for the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) chapter on campus since arriving on campus as a transferring sophomore. BBBS pairs volunteer “Bigs” (college students) with “Littles,” young students befriended and mentored by the Bigs.
Curtis was nominated by Valerie Webster, co-curricular transcript coordinator in the Center for Experiential Learning
According to Webster, Curtis increased the number of matches from one to 12, handles all aspects of training and data entry for the “Bigs,” and does “98 percent of the work to keep the program operational.”
Curtis exhibits a “work ethic, initiative and commitment to understanding and serving others” that will make her an asset to any organization after graduation, said Webster. “Her positive attitude, patience and ability to work with people are refreshing and energizing.”
Curtis has also been a resident assistant, a three-year member of the Psychology Club (current vice president), a member of two honor societies, and holds a 3.8 GPA.
Curtis received a certificate and a check for $250 from NEASEA, and a plaque and $100 gift card to the bookstore from the College.
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. (more…)
A bike trip that turned into elementary school lessons and daily observations of state troopers’ work, including undercover work garnered the top awards in experiential learning for senior Emmalee Pearce and freshman Caroline Lennon at the annual Honors Convocation ceremony May 7 at Keuka College.
Pearce, a unified childhood/special education major from Wilson, N.Y., biked some 4,000 miles roundtrip along the East Coast of the U.S. through 13 states in the summer of 2010 and converted her experiences into a specialty elementary instructional plan. Dubbed “Read Across America,” Pearce’s curriculum was crafted to teach students engaging math, science or social studies lessons based on the places she visited along the way.
An organized, enthusiastic, and talented Web blogger/editor and an efficient staff member who takes time to listen to students and lends her support/guidance were the respective recipients of the 2010 Student Employee and Work-Study Supervisor of the Year awards at the Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 14.
Sophomore unified early childhood/special education major Jennifer Graham and Secretary for the Divisions of Education and Social Work Paulette Willemsen were selected by two separate panels of judges.
The decision was not an easy one, according to Head Athletic Trainer/Assistant Director of Athletics Jeff Bray, who served as a judge for the student competition. The other judges were Peter Talty (faculty), Cathy McGinnis (administration), Jessica Noveck (staff), and Jane Palmer (student).
“It’s easier to nominate than judge,” said Bray, who has nominated five students over the past 17 years he has worked at Keuka (three of whom were selected as New York State Student Employee of the Year by the National Student Employment Association). “It was enlightening for me to read what other supervisors had to say. They felt much the same way as I have: what would we do without the help from our students?
“Hopefully nominating them for this award tells our student employees just what they mean to us,” added Bray. “It’s incredibly difficult to put in the work-study commitment they do while doing their academic work. And every one of this year’s nominees also excels academically.”
Graham was nominated for the award by Webmaster Pete Bekisz.
The other student nominees were Matthew Connell, Holly Fultz, Jennifer Heinrich, Junelle King, Ashley Lent, Alicia Stubbs, Ashley Valentine, and Kendall Wolven.
“Keuka College’s basic educational foundation is experiential learning, and that’s what these awards are all about,” said Keuka College President Joseph G. Burke at the luncheon. “The nine nominees for Student Employee of the Year are the top nine out of 400 students who perform about 600 jobs for an average of seven hours per week. If we were to hire full-time employees to do the work they do, we would need 120 more employees. So, Keuka students do a massive amount of work.”
Willemsen was one of three work-study supervisors nominated for the inaugural award. She was nominated by Emily Eichorn, a student office assistant for the Division of Education.
“There are a total of 70 work-study supervisors,” said Burke. “And they are an integral part of the educational process.”
“We talk about how students can step up, but we don’t often look at who helps them to step up,” said senior Casey Dahlstrom, one of six judges for the supervisor award. “It was a difficult process looking over why students nominated [the three nominees], and each of the nominees deserve a ‘congratulations’ and ‘thank you.’”
The other judges for Work-Study Supervisor of the Year were Neil Siebenhar (faculty), Fred Hoyle (administration), Kathy Waye (administration), Betty Hill (staff) and Lynley Walter (student).
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 is hung up in the winner’s work-study location until the following year’s award luncheon.
The luncheon is hosted by Burke and the Center for Experiential Learning. It is organized by Sally Daggett, associate director of the Center for Experiential Learning.
To be nominated for Keuka College’s Student Employee of the Year award, a student must demonstrate excellence in several categories, including outstanding merit in reliability, quality of work, initiative, disposition, and contribution to employer.
The Center for Experiential Learning sponsors the annual award, along with the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA). Serving 11 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, NEASEA is a non-profit association of professionals from education, business, industry, labor and government who are involved with programs for students who work while attending college.
The reason behind the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner was two-fold.
“We looked at [the dinner] as a chance for students to show their appreciation and for the students, faculty and staff to get to know each other outside of the classroom,” said Allie Waye-Walker, community service associate who collaborated with fellow associate Molly Flanagan on the event.
When the College announced that it would ring the Ball Hall tower bells to honor those killed on the Virginia Tech campus and demonstrate sympathy and support for their grieving family members, friends, and colleagues, Sally Daggett offered to do the honors.
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