Student employees honored for impact

In his remarks at the April 15 Student Employee of the Year reception, Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney gave a snapshot of student employment on our campus that is worth repeating. According to Stearney, more than 1,000 students are employed on campus, about 500 of those with more than one on-campus job. About 80 students work off campus in work-study jobs that are generally community-service type positions including after-school tutoring, or supervising youth programs at the Boys and Girls Club. Students earn, on average, about $8.75 an hour, and last year, student employees collectively worked almost 286,000 hours, for total wages approaching $3 million per year. By any measure, student employees are a vital and significant part of our campus workforce.

Financial Aid specialist and senior communication major Mysty Kepler was named the University’s Student Employee of the Year. She assists with maintaining accurate financial aid and student employment records in UW-Green Bay’s Financial Aid Office. Nominator Karen Sevick, University Services Associate, lauded Kepler for her great decision-making skills, confident performance and effective communication ability.

Kepler was one of 14 students nominated for the 2013 Student Employee of the Year Award, and two runners-up also were recognized during the April 15 ceremony. Graduate student Jacob Eggert, Environmental Science and Policy, was honored for his work as the lead intern for the Aurora BayCare hospital project, partnering with UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute. Junior Nursing major Stephanie Kessler was recognized for her work as student assistant in the acquisitions/government documents department at the Cofrin Library.

Other nominees were Chiara Boss, Spencer Karls, Cassandra Stanzel, Jennifer Nooyen, Mitch Babe, Amanda Cheney, Morgan Hansen, Ashley Skalecki, Marin Kniskern, Katie Vanstraten and Andrew Wenig.

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Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication