Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of profiles of 2014 Work Study Supervisor of the Year nominees. The winner will be announced at a luncheon Thursday, April 17.
As the work study supervisor for 40 peer mentors working in the D.R.I.V.E. program at Keuka College, Karlee Roberts is a wonderful role model, according to junior Jenna Bird, who nominated Roberts for the Work Study Supervisor of the Year award.
Bird, a D.R.I.V.E. peer mentor and unified childhood education major, said that Roberts makes the peer mentors feel like a part of the D.R.I.V.E. staff.
“Mentors have the opportunity to work one-on-one with students, and observe the staff members’ interactions with the students,” said Bird, a Batavia resident. “Karlee trusts us to work one-on-one with students, and that we will be able to handle different situations based on previous knowledge and training we have received.”
According to Bird, Roberts encourages the peer mentors to use their academic background in several ways, such as welcoming students to complete volunteer hours or a Field Period™ with the D.R.I.V.E. program.
“Karlee welcomes the peer mentors to apply the knowledge we have learned in our classes to situations with the D.R.I.V.E. students,” said Bird. “As an education major, I appreciate Karlee allowing us to use information we have learned in the classroom in real life situations.”
Bird said Roberts also places the peer mentors in different environments, so they have the chance to gain new knowledge from the experience.
“She is always open to new suggestions as to how to handle different situations with the D.R.I.V.E. students,” said Bird, “including how to help a student with their Keuka College classes. She is always in contact with us, either just to check in, or discuss any problems that may occur. She is always available if we have an issue and will meet with us to provide suggestions and advice.”
In addition, Roberts started a Mentor of the Month program. Each month, a mentor is nominated either by another peer mentor or a member of the D.R.I.V.E. staff.
“The Mentor of the Month program has been a great motivator for the peer mentors, and reassures us that we are doing a good job,” said Bird.“There is nothing Karlee won’t do to make sure her peer mentors are successful. She truly cares about all 40 of us, and she goes above and beyond to provide us with a positive and friendly work environment.”
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of profiles of 2014 Work Study Supervisor of the Year nominees. The winner will be announced at a luncheon Thursday, April 17.
When sophomore Brittany Kuhn arrives for her regular shift with the Office of Human Resources, she thinks of it as an honor.
That is largely due to her work study supervisor Michelle Polowchak, director of human resources.
“I have developed an enormous respect for Michelle’s dedication to her position, and for continuously making me feel like a part of the human resources team,” said Kuhn, a Palmyra resident, who nominated Polowchak for the Work Study Supervisor of the Year Award.
“Michelle not only assigns me in-depth projects that illustrate her trust in me, but I have also been given the opportunity to attend the monthly human resources meeting with the staff,” said Kuhn. “The longer I work with Michelle and the human resources team, the more responsibility she and the staff instills within me.”
The various projects Polowchak has assigned Kuhn “allows me to use the knowledge I have learned and am learning in my classes now, such as my human resources management class, my computer applications course, and my economics classes.”
And that something for which Kuhn is taking full advantage.
“Being able to take what I learned in class for the day and then apply it to the work that I do is going to be the differentiating factor between me and other candidates when it comes to receiving a job after college,” said Kuhn.
A business management major with a concentration in human resources, Kuhn says her job is “nearly perfect” for her.
“By allowing me to gain full experience into the field that I hope to pursue is such an amazing opportunity,” said Kuhn. “Knowing that if I have any questions about my career choices, or which additional classes would be beneficial, or even which branch of human resources I should pursue, Michelle is always there giving me advice.”
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of profiles of 2014 Work Study Supervisor of the Year nominees. The winner will be announced at a luncheon Thursday, April 17.
As each semester begins, senior Darrcy Matthews looks forward to attending her job in the Office of the President.
In fact she believes it is a privilege, thanks to her work study supervisor Lori Haines, assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees/board liaison and presidential support specialist. That’s why Matthews nominated Haines for the Work Study Supervisor of the Year Award.
“Lori has made me feel absolutely welcome in the office since the day that I interviewed for this position,” said Matthews. “She has taught me ways to complete inner-office tasks which allows me to take initiative on my own and make me believe I am a valued employee of the office.”
Matthews said Haines always makes sure to tell her that the work she completes is important, and that Haines appreciates her help.
“I wanted to nominate Lori for this award so I can do the same thing for her,” said Matthews. “Lori has been an amazing work study supervisor for me. She deserves this award not just because of the way that she treats me, but also the way that she treats every person with whom she comes in contact.”
Matthews said it is safe to say that Haines is always busy, whether it be planning for a board meeting or commencement, or completing any tasks that the president or others may ask of her. The people that know her, added Matthews, also know that “Lori will do everything necessary to complete any task that is asked of her—with a smile and the best attitude that I have ever seen.”
Added Matthews: “Lori is the hardest worker I have ever seen and deserves to be rewarded for something at which she has truly succeeds. Nominating Lori is just one way that I can show my gratitude to her for making my work study time at Keuka College a challenging, gratifying, and enjoyable experience.”
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of profiles of 2014 Work Study Supervisor of the Year nominees. The winner will be announced at a luncheon Thursday, April 17.
When considering candidates for the Work Study Supervisor of the Year, there is only one name that comes to the mind of sophomore Ben Schreiber—Sports Information Director John Boccacino.
The management major from Rochester began working last spring as a sports information assistant and nominated Boccacino for the Work Study Supervisor of the Year Award because he believes Boccacino is a great role model, and is everything he would like to see in a future boss.
“John really allows all of us to feel like a major part of the staff, and makes the sports information department a desirable department of employment,” said Schreiber. “That’s why when John sends out a text message or an email asking me to work, I immediately jump at the opportunity.”
Schreiber said Boccacino “gives every student employee a game day responsibility and allows us to take care of that task without looking over our shoulder the whole time,” said Schreiber.
According to Schreiber, some of the game day responsibilities could include running the video at a game, being a spotter, or doing stats “a very challenging task,” each employee must pay full attention to the sporting events at all times.
Even so, Schreiber said Boccacino “always finds time to make sure questions are answered and the department is running smoothly through the entirety of a sporting event,” he said. “John is always there with some form of guidance, whether it is solving a simple problem like a video connection or helping an employee catch up with the statistics of the game. He makes sure each employee is challenged and truly given the opportunity to make an important contribution to the sports information team.”
Schreiber said that “not only do I get to be around sports, which I love, but John has also taught me a lot of skills I will be able to use elsewhere—including responsibility for my actions and my work, communication skills, and a need to be punctual.”
Said Schreiber: “I can only hope that I am either able to work for someone like John again, or get to lead a group of employees the way John leads the sports information department. John is respectful, understanding, and most importantly, he helps all of his employees improve at their jobs every day. I have the utmost admiration for John not only as a supervisor, but as a person.”
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profiles of 2014 Work Study Supervisor of the Year nominees. The winner will be announced at a luncheon Thursday, April 17.
Freshman Alysa Halsey has worked as an interlibrary loan assistant for Kimberley Fenton, interlibrary loan librarian, for just under a year.
But in that time, she believes Fenton has welcomed and included her in many library related tasks. That is one reason she and junior Faith Garlington nominated Fenton for the Work Study Supervisor of the Year Award.
“Ms. Fenton has steered me toward success in any activity that I do,” said Halsey, an occupational science major from Pulaski. “She gives me freedom and allows me to feel independent by figuring out problems on my own, but reminds me she will always be there to answer any questions I have.”
That freedom and independence includes creating display case designs for patrons of the library to view.
“Ms. Fenton usually just lets me do whatever inspires me about the particular topic that is being displayed at the time,” said Halsey. “I use my imagination for the appearance, and my knowledge for the information that is being displayed. She provides me with the responsibility of creating displays, but I know that if I need advice or help I can always go to her for guidance.”
Garlington, who also assists in creating displays, agrees.
“I have also used my academic background in the creation of specialty displays for different disease awareness months,” said Garlington, a Boonville resident. “As an occupational science major, I have learned about many disorders which have ‘awareness months’ and I am often recruited to come up with display ideas. When I achieve these special goals, the other librarians also support me. They notice a particularly job well done and offer support in any task with which I may struggle.”
Having a network of willing and helpful people such as Fenton, said Halsey, contributes greatly to her confidence and success.
“I have helped create displays, keep the library clean and a comfortable environment, as well as educate other students and staff to the importance of the interlibrary loan system,” she said. “Every opportunity I get to contribute to the library, I am encouraged to take by Ms. Fenton. She believes in my abilities more than I do, and will forever be my role model.”
Garlington believes Fenton also encourages her.
“In my time with Ms. Fenton, I have gradually received more responsibility,” she said. “[For example], this past fall when Ms. Fenton hired a new assistant to replace a graduating senior, I was entrusted to train her in many different aspects of the job. I had to act as a professional while showing the new student how to do many tasks. This made me feel as though I was a part of the library staff.”
Added Halsey: “Ms. Fenton creates a quality and challenging environment by pushing me to work for the things I don’t believe that I can accomplish. She exemplifies the characteristics of a leader and a role model while helping me achieve the goals and dreams that would otherwise be out of reach.”