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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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
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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
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Sean Roherty, Attendant, The Phoenix Bookstore
  • Amy Santkuyl, Office Assistant, Bursar’s Office
  • Alex Saunders Office Assistant, Counseling and Health Center

Congratulations Student of the Year nominees

The Student Employment Office extends a hearty thank you to all supervisors who nominated student employees this year. They received 11 nominations that are in the process of being rated by the judging committee. All nominees will be honored and the winners will be announced at this year’s Student Employee of the Year ceremony at 2 p.m.  Monday, April 11 in Phoenix B of the University Union. This year’s nominees: Caleb Chmielewski, Facilities Management; Rebekah Erdman, Division of Outreach and Adult Access; Abbie Hartung, University Union; Savannah Hornbacher and Elizabeth Kroll, University Advancement; Stephanie Jossart, Adult Degree Program; Marie Lieggi, Sarah Miller and Sean Roherty, The Phoenix Bookstore; Amy Santkuyl, Bursar’s Office; Alex Saunders, Counseling and Health Center. Watch for more updates in the Log and on the Student Employment Facebook page.

Reminder: still time to nominate outstanding student employees

The Student Employment Office is still collecting nominations for the 2016 Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) competition. Take this opportunity to share stories and honor student employees who have made an impact through their positions. A special ceremony to recognize nominees and award winners will be held April 11, 2016.  All nominations (form available online) are due to the Student Employment Office (SS1100) by February 19.  Please note that you do not need to be a supervisor in order to submit a nomination.  Questions?  Contact Allen Voelker at voelkera@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2556.

In case you missed it… Cassie Alfheim is state’s top student employee

We included a link to the awards photo gallery in Tuesday’s Log Extra but, for the record, and for the benefit of those who don’t choose to receive Extra, we repeat the news that Cassie Alfheim is both the UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year and state winner of the same recognition. An employee of the Grants and Research Office, Alfheim assists in ensuring timely and smooth transmission of all grant proposals and is a leading campus liaison for the Systemwide Posters in the Rotunda. She’s a senior studying Arts Management, Spanish, and Vocal Performance. For more on her award-winning achievements.

Additional awards recognize student workers in unique categories


In addition to the award presented to Cassie Alfheim, Monday’s award ceremony on campus recognized five more student workers for outstanding achievement. They are:

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. A talented artist, she used her creative 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 in the Dean of Students and Student Life area 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.

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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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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