Cassie Alfheim, student assistant with the office of Grants and Research, was named UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year and was also surprised with the announcement that she is State Award Winner for the same recognition, at a ceremony today (April 13) on campus. Students were nominated by faculty and staff and were judged by an impartial panel on the basis of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.
(For a photo gallery from the ceremony, click here.)
The April 13 recognition ceremony in UW-Green Bay’s University Union helped kick off Student Employee Appreciation Week, which runs through Friday, April 17. In 2013-14, UW-Green Bay employed 1,100 employees in 1,569 student positions. Students worked a total of 289,856 hours, averaging nine hours per week at $8.87 per hour and earning $3,063,476.42 in student wages.
In her nomination, it was noted that Alfheim ensures timely and smooth transmission of all grant proposals and is the University’s liaison for the major systemwide Posters in the Rotunda event in Madison, coordinating all UWGB student/legislator interactions. Alfheim is from Green Bay and graduated from Pulaski High School.
The nomination for Alfheim states, “On a daily basis, she interacts with faculty, upper administration, as well as academic staff representing the Grants and Research and Provost’s Office. Her professionalism far exceeds that of a typical student. She is sought after to contribute in planning national, regional, and campus workshops and conferences. Outside of her office role, she volunteers on the Board of Directors for Evergreen Theater, is a committee member for a local charity golf outing, assists students for commencement, and served as a travel companion for WWII veterans.”
“I often utilize Cassie’s skills to make sure every item meets and exceeds the high standards of this University and to ensure future and continued funding is secured,” said her supervisor Lydia Nonn. “Cassie wants to make the world a better place. Her ability to compassionately empathize with people moves her to use her talents to make a difference every day.”
Alfheim was presented with a $50 gift card to The Phoenix Bookstore and a UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year engraved plaque. Her name also was engraved on a plaque that will hang in the Financial Aid and Student Employment Office, and her photo, noting the honor, will be displayed for the next year inside the Grants and Research Office. She was one of 13 outstanding students nominated for the award. Five of the other nominees were recognized for their outstanding demonstration of one of the five evaluation qualities:
Kimberly Schwarzenbart – Most Unique Contribution in a Student Employment Position: A senior Business Administration major from Reedsburg, Schwarzenbart worked as a marketing assistant for the University Union. An incredible artist, she used her exceptional abilities to market specific programming in the University Union and elsewhere on campus.
Bradley Drephal – Outstanding Demonstration of Reliability in a Student Employment Position: A senior History major from Appleton, Drephal worked as a building manager for the University Union. He was especially motivated by customer satisfaction and ensuring great customer experience.
Sara Tupper – Outstanding Demonstration of Professionalism in a Student Employment Position: A senior Business Administration major from Stoughton, Tupper used her employment opportunity to gain professional experience and preparation for a post-graduate career.
Maximus Nimmo – Outstanding Demonstration of Initiative in a Student Employment Position: The senior Business Administration major from Janesville, served as a lead intramural supervisor at the Kress Events Center. His demonstrated leadership allowed him to make lifetime connections.
Olyvia Kuchta – Outstanding Demonstration of Quality of Work in a Student Employment Position: The senior Psychology major from Green Bay served as the office assistant for the Human Development/Information & Computing Science units. She credits the experience to strengthening her interpersonal and leadership skills while opening doors to establish relationships with faculty and staff.
Other student nominees were:
Kayla Decker, Menasha, Education major, office aid and tutor with the Office of TRIO and Precollege.
Elizabeth DuMez, Kenosha, Public Administration major, desk services manager with the Office of Student Life.
Brooke Fitzgerald, New London, Business Administration and Human Development major, serves as a University Advancement student assistant.
Kyle Lewandowski, Thorp, Communication major, event staff supervisor and on-court talent for Green Bay Athletics.
Rory Mileham, Sun Prairie, Communication major, holds dual positions with Enrollment Services and the University Union as a social media assistant and Phoenix Club coordinator.
Alex Saunders, Mount Pleasant, Mathematics major, office assistant with the Counseling and Health Center.
Taylor Schmitz, Sheboygan, Biology major, office assistant with the Disability Services Office.
Each year, the National Student Employment Association coordinates a selection process and chooses the National Student Employee of the Year award to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college. For more information on UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year award and Student Employment Appreciation Week, visit www.uwgb.edu/student-employment/seoty.