Marketing major Wyatt Smet named Student Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Wyatt Smet, named UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year, at a celebration on April 15, 2019. With Chancellor Gary L. Miller unable to attend, Council of Trustees Chair, Lou LeCalsey, gave remarks and helped Allen Voelker, student employment and scholarship coordinator, present the awards. Jen Jones, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services, discussed the importance of connections made while she was a student employee.

Wyatt Smet with Tim Helein and Jeff Krueger
Wyatt Smet with Tim Helein and Jeff Krueger
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Smet, a senior from Wrightstown, Wis. is majoring in Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship. He is the lead student building supervisor for University Recreation – UREC. He was nominated by Kress Center facilities manager Tim Helein. In his role, Smet is responsible for the direct supervision of employees, scheduling, and training, as well as responding to facility emergencies and the enforcement of rules while providing exceptional hospitality.

“Wyatt’s natural leadership creates an environment and culture of respect that our students believe in,” Helein said. “His compassion and ability to lead student employees to make independent decisions is apparent when professional staff is unavailable. What I truly like about Wyatt is his willingness and enjoyment in helping others.”

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This year’s nominees and their nominators:

Nominee Nominator
Jonathan Arvedson Natural and Applied Sciences
Connor Heinz University Union
Elizabeth Johnson Dean of Students Office
Allison Loderbauer Bursar’s Office
Paige Richardson Residence Life
Wyatt Smet University Recreation-UREC
Roosa Turunen Chancellor’s Office, University Advancement and
Marketing and University Communication
Danielle Weber Career Services

Turunen, Weber and Heinz received “honorable mention” from the awards committee.

The call for nominations began in January. Supervisors were asked to nominate their very best student employees from all across our campus. Nominations were collected for several weeks, and we are excited that this year we received eight nominations. Student nominations were judged by a panel of four university faculty and staff who rated them on a scale from one to five in the areas of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution.

Student Employee facts:

  • 2019.04.16-student-employee-infographic-1200x1553 Total positions filled by student employees: 1,092
  • Total student employees: 832
    Average hourly wage: $9.296
  • Total number of hours worked during period (for hourly-paid student employees): 144,691.25 hours
  • Average number of hours worked per week (for hourly-paid student employees): 9.3 hours
  • ACA recorded hours from Lump Sum appointments: 21,108.75 hours
  • Number of students who received lump sum payments during period: 179 students
  • Total amount paid to all student employees during period: $1,566,547.86

This year’s Judging Committee members are:

  • John Arendt  (from the Environmental Management and Business Institute)
  • Julie Flenz  (from Human Resources)
  • Molly Vandervest  (from Athletics) and
  • Alissa Warpinski  (from Green Bay One Stop Shop)

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Student Employee Awards 2019

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Now is a great time to nominate for Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)

The Student Employment Office is seeking nominations for the 2018 SEOTY competition. Take advantage of the break between semesters to write a nomination for your outstanding student employee. Applications are evaluated based on reliability, professionalism, quality of work, initiative and uniqueness of contribution. A special ceremony to recognize nominees and award winners will be held April 9, 2018.  All nomination forms are due to the Student Employment Office (SS1100) by February 16, 2018. Contact Allen Voelker (Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator) at voelkera@uwgb.edu or 920/465-2556 with questions.

Announcing the 2017 Student Employee(s) of the Year

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UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year Lexi Kinnard was one of 19 students nominated for the 2017 Student Employee of the Year Awards, in a recognition ceremony Monday, April 10, 2017. About 800 students work in about 1,050 positions on the University campus. See the  finalists and the photos.

Kinnard was nominated by Tim Helein. She is responsible for building supervision on nights, weekends and when professional staff members are not present. Her duties include direct supervision of student employees, scheduling and training. She is able to manage all components of the Kress Center including membership and guest relations.

Nominees:

  • Kaise Aschliman (Clintonville High School) – Jobs for Wisconsin Grads intern in Career Service
  • Kate Fonder (Southwestern Wisconsin High School) – Customer Service Student Assistant in The Phoenix Bookstore
  • Sandra Graybill (Shattuck-Saint Marys School) – Group Visit Intern in the Office of Admissions
  • Morgan Jandrin (Southern Door High School) – Student Manager in the Cofrin Library Public Services Department
  • Stephanie Jossart (Green Bay Preble High School) – Office Assistant for Continuing Education and Community Engagement
  • Lexi Kinnard (Luxemburg Casco High School) – Lead Student Building Supervisor for the Kress Events Center
  • Devra Komprood (Darlington High School) – Building Manager for the University Union
  • Breanna Linna (Green Bay Southwest High School) – Research Assistant in the Archives Department of the Cofrin Library
  • Team of Rachel Atwood (eAchieve Academy), Nathan Condon (Oshkosh West High School), Skyla Weidemann (Green Bay Preble High School) – Office Assistants in the Office of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Cassandra Raymond (Sturgeon Bay High School) – Studio Assistant in the Art Department
  • Casi Schatzman (Union Grove High School) – Lead Supervisor for the Alumni Phone-A-Thon Program
  • Bradley Schemer (Mishicot High School) – Business Operations Special Project Assistant in the Office of Residence Life
  • Charlie Schroeder (Marinette Senior High School) – Office Assistant in both Human Resources and the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment
  • Erin Schroth (Shiocton High School) – Receptionist/Office Assistant in the Dean of Students Office
  • Kailey Trudeau (Oconto High School) – Ground Assistant in the Facilities Management Grounds Department.
  • Jessica Van Dusen (New Glarus High School) – Food Service Worker and Trainer for Chartwells in the University Union’s Marketplace.
  • Dani Weber (River Falls Senior High School) – Administrative Office Assistant in Nursing and Health Studies

Nominations were judged by a panel of four University faculty and staff who rated them in the areas of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution. Students Kate Fonder (reliability), Dani Weber (professionalism), Kailey Trudeau (quality of work), Breanna Linna (initiative) and Charlie Schroeder (uniqueness) received finalist awards.

The recognition ceremony helped kick off Student Employee Appreciation Week, which runs through Friday, April 14, 2017 at UW-Green Bay. The week’s events include daily activities designed to demonstrate appreciation for all student employees, as well as daily freebies for student workers.

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. Learn more about UW-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year award and Student Employee Appreciation Week.

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2017 Student Employee Awards

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Lexi Kinnard named UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year

Chancellor Miller and Lexi Kinnard

Congratulations to Lexi Kinnard, named UW-Green Bay’s student employee of the year at a recognition ceremony on Monday (April 10, 2017). Kinnard works as the lead student building supervisor for the Kress Events Center, and was nominated by Tim Helein. Lexi is responsible for building supervision nights, weekends and when professional staff are not present. Her duties include direct supervision of student employees, scheduling and training. She is able to manage all components of the Kress Center including membership and guest relations. Helein had this to say about Kinnard, “Any expectations I have of Lexi would not equal the expectations she has placed upon herself. The personal ownership and initiative that Lexi applies to her work and her life by getting involved in a variety of ways exemplifies her dedication and desire to succeed.” Watch for more on the event and the other nominees and award winners in a future Log.

 

Lizzy Kroll, UW-Green Bay 2016 Student of the Year

UW-Green Bay senior is the 2016 Student Employee of the Year

GREEN BAY — Lizzy Kroll, a Human Development and Social Work major, has been recognized as the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Student Employee of the Year. She received the recognition in an afternoon reception April 11, 2016, as part of a weeklong recognition of student employees and their roles on the UWGB campus.

Kroll is one of 749 active student employees at UWGB, working in 1,035 positions on-campus and through the off-campus work-study program. So far in the 2015-16 academic year, student employees have worked nearly 200,000 hours.

Development officer Tracy Heaser nominated Kroll, a phone-a-thon support person, for the Office of University Advancement. Kroll is responsible for supervising other student callers, providing peer support and evaluation, and adjusting scripts and processes to improve the experience for the callers and donors to UWGB.

“Because of Lizzy’s level of responsibility and reliability, I have full confidence that the phone-a-thon program is in excellent hands,” Heaser said. “The dollars Lizzy and the other students have raised will have a significant impact on this University and its students… The end result is a stronger, more successful UW-Green Bay.”

The call for nominations began in January when supervisors were asked to nominate their very best student employees from all across our campus. Student nominations were judged by a panel of six university faculty and staff who rated on a scale from 1 to 5 in the areas of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

Kroll, a West Bend native, received a plaque recognizing her as the Student Employee of the Year and a $50 gift card to UWGB during a ceremony held on Monday, April 11. An additional plaque and a photo will be displayed for the next year inside the Office of Advancement announcing her title of UW-Green Bay’s 2016 Student Employee of the Year. Her name will also be added to a plaque that hangs in Student Services. Kroll also receives a certificate from the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) that recognizes her as the winner in the UW-Green Bay competition, along with a letter of congratulations.

Ten other UW-Green Bay students were nominated for the Student Employee of the Year award:

  • Caleb Chmielewski, Business Administration, New London
  • Rebekah Erdman, Music and Spanish, Oconto
  • Abbie Hartung, Psychology and Human Development, Plum City
  • Savannah Hornbacher, Social Work, Columbus
  • Stephanie Jossart, Education, Green Bay
  • Marie Lieggi, Accounting, Amherst
  • Sarah Miller, Human Biology, Sheboygan
  • Sean Roherty, Mathematics, Green Bay
  • Amy Santkuyl, Business Administration, Appleton
  • Alex Saunders, Mathematics, Racine

Student Employee Appreciation Week continues through Friday, April 15, with games and giveaways being held on campus. More information about the campus and national student employee recognition activities is available online at www.uwgb.edu/financialaid/employment/seoty/appreciation.asp.

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Student Employee Awards

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Phone-a-thon supporter Kroll named Student Employee of the Year

Human Development and Social Work major Lizzy Kroll was named UWGB’s Student Employee of the Year today, April 11. Development officer Tracy Heaser nominated Kroll, a phone-a-thon supporter for Office of University Advancement, recognizing her responsibility, reliability and her easy demeanor. Kroll received a $50 gift card to UWGB and a plaque recognizing her as UWGB’s Student Employee of the Year. Other nominees:

  • Caleb Chmielewski, Office Assistant, Facilities Management
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Rebekah Erdman, Office Assistant, Division of Outreach and Adult Access
  • Abbie Hartung, Building Manager, University Union
  • 
Savannah Hornbacher, Phone-a-Thon Supervisor, University Advancement
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Stephanie Jossart, Administrative Assistant, Adult Degree
  • Marie Lieggi, Textbook Assistant, The Phoenix Bookstore
  • Sarah Miller, Cashier, The Phoenix Bookstore
  • 
Sean Roherty, Attendant, The Phoenix Bookstore
  • Amy Santkuyl, Office Assistant, Bursar’s Office
  • Alex Saunders Office Assistant, Counseling and Health Center

April 11-15 is Student Appreciation Week – Award Program is Monday

A variety of events are being held to celebrate students who work while attending college. Free stuff for student employees only, please (while supplies last)!

  • Monday, April 11 – Free Coffee to the first 50 student employees at the MAC Cart starting at 8:30 a.m.
  • Monday, April 11 – Student Employee of the Year Ceremony, Phoenix B, social at 1:30 p.m., ceremony at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 12 – Free Ice Cream, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cloud Commons
  • Wednesday, April 13 – Prizes at the Lollipop Pull Game, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cloud Commons
  • Thursday, April 14 – Build Your Own Snack Mix from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cloud Commons
  • Friday, April 15 – Free Popcorn for student employees, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Phoenix Club

Ideas for thanking students, list of nominees
In the spirit of Student Employee Appreciation Week, offices are encouraged to hold their own appreciation activity/event for student employees. For fun, easy, and inexpensive ideas visit: http://www.uwgb.edu/student-employment/seoty/ideas.asp. You can read about Student Employee of the Year nominees and follow the week’s activities at the UWGB Student Employment Facebook page.

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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