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Students honored: Alfheim is Student Employee of the Year

top-student-employeeGreen Bay native and Pulaski High School graduate Cassie Alfheim (with Chancellor Gary Miller, above) was named both UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year and the State Award Winner as well, at a ceremony April 13 in a ceremony on campus. Alfheim is the student assistant with the office of Grants and Research. (For a full writeup on Alfheim, click here.) 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. More than 1,000 students are employed each year at UW-Green Bay earning wages that help them pay tuition and fees, while building their professional portfolios and supplying the University with an additional workforce. Also receiving awards:

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 and Computing Science units. She credits the experience to strengthening her interpersonal and leadership skills while opening doors to establish relationships with faculty and staff.

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Photos by Eric Miller, Marketing and University Communication



Award program kicks off Student Employee Appreciation Week

Beginning with Monday’s Student Employee of the Year program in the University Union, a variety of events are being held to celebrate students who work while attending college. Free stuff for student employees only, please!
• Monday, April 13 — Free Coffee to the first 50 student employees at the MAC Cart. The Student Employee of the Year Ceremony started at 2 p.m. in Phoenix B
• Tuesday, April 14 — Free Ice Cream from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Leona Cloud Commons
• Wednesday, April 15 — Win prizes at the Lollipop Pull Game from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Leona Cloud Commons
• Thursday, April 16 — Build Your Own Snack Mix from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Leona Cloud Commons
• Friday, April 17 — Free Popcorn all day (for student employees) in the Phoenix Club

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Ideas for thanking students, list of nominees
In the spirit of Student Employee Appreciation Week, offices are encouraged to take part in activities but also to hold their own appreciation activity/event for student employees.
For fun, easy, and inexpensive ideas
You can read about the nominees and follow the week’s activities

Cassie Alfheim named UW-Green Bay and Wisconsin’s Student Employee of the Year

Cassie Alfheim

Cassie Alfheim

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.

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Slideshow: Kress Center’s Buelow is Student Employee of the Year

Congratulations are in order for UW-Green Bay senior Emily Buelow, named Monday afternoon (April 14) as UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year. Buelow, a Human Biology major with an emphasis in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology, is the head student building manager at the Kress Events Center. She manages 60 student employees, runs the 8-week group fitness instructor training program, and was recognized this year by the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association for her active participation at UW-Green Bay. Buelow has presented at state conferences on subjects including developing and revamping fitness classes. She was one of 16 students nominated for the annual award.

Five other students were honored for outstanding demonstration of one of the five evaluation qualities. They are Eva Campbell, University Athletics; Mandi Eckelberg, University Union; Brooke Fitzgerald, University Advancement; Ryan Hass, University Union; and Jordan Marty, Social Work.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees and thank you to all student employees. The week to honor them is just getting started; you can find more information here. See a photo gallery and detailed news release on the honorees.

Award program kicks off Student Employee Appreciation Week

Beginning with this afternoon’s Student Employee of the Year program in the University Union, a variety of events are being held to celebrate students who work while attending college.

• Monday, April 14 — Student Employee of the Year Ceremony in Phoenix Room B, social at 1:30 p.m., ceremony at 2 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 15 — Free Ice Cream (for student employees) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Leona Cloud Commons
• Wednesday, April 16 — Free Root Beer Floats (for student employees) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Leona Cloud Commons
• Thursday, April 17 — Win Prizes at the Lollipop Pull Game from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Leona Cloud Commons
• Friday, April 18—Free Popcorn all day (for student employees) in the Phoenix Club

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Ideas for thanking students, list of nominees — In the spirit of Student Employee Appreciation Week, offices are encouraged to take part in activities but also to hold their own appreciation activity/event for student employees. For fun, easy, and inexpensive ideas visit: www.uwgb.edu/student-employment/seoty/ideas.asp. You can see the poster listing nominees at www.uwgb.edu/student-employment/files/pdf/seoty-nominee-poster.pdf. You can follow the week’s activities at https://www.tagboard.com/uwgbrockstar.

Nice photo gallery: Applause for UW-Green Bay’s student employees

We have a nice slideshow up from this week’s Student Employee of the Year reception. The event honors the top nominees from among the more than 1,000 students employed in part-time campus jobs over the course of a typical year. See gallery.

Appreciation Week continues
It’s not too late to have your student employees swing by the University Union for a little appreciation in the form of popcorn, lollipops, maybe a hearty “thank you.” Here’s a reminder on further Appreciation Week activities, click here.

More from Stearney on student employees
We quoted Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney the other day about the total number of student workers (more than 1,000), the sizeable payroll they earn (approaching $3 million) and their role in keeping UW-Green Bay running smoothly (immense). In his remarks, Stearney further characterized student employment as a mutually beneficial relationship:

“Students depend on us, we absolutely depend on them… Students reap great benefits in the form of the wages they earn, the lessening of their debt burden, the valuable work experience they gain, the career exploration opportunities, and a deepened sense of involvement with and commitment to UW-Green Bay. But the campus benefits in so many ways as well; certainly we benefit from the significant work contributions of our students all across the campus, but we also benefit from the energy, creativity, and good humor that our students bring to their workplace settings. This is truly is a relationship where everyone wins.” 

Financial aid worker Kepler is Student Employee of the Year

Congratulations are in order for senior Communication major Mysty Kepler, the 2013 UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year. Kepler, a Student Financial Aid Specialist, received her award Monday (April 15) during a special ceremony that kicks off Student Employee Appreciation Week here on campus. Nominator Karen Sevick tells us Kepler assists with maintaining accurate financial aid and student employment records, and that she’s a great decision-maker who has the ability to take on new projects and develop new methods to perform certain tasks within her role. Described as “an all-around professional,” Kepler was praised for finding ways to make complicated data easier to process and understand. Kepler was one of 14 outstanding student employees nominated for this year’s award. Runners-up for the accolade are Environmental Science and Policy graduate student Jacob Eggert (EMBI) and junior Nursing student Stephanie Kessler (Cofrin Library). Congrats to all the nominees, and thanks to all the great student employees we have here on campus! Read more.