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Kristy N. Thompson, pictured with Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Provost Dr. Doug Dunham, was recently named the University's Student Employee of the Year. (PHOTO BY DARREN WHITLEY/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS)

Kristy N. Thompson, pictured with Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Provost Dr. Doug Dunham, was recently named the University's Student Employee of the Year. (PHOTO BY DARREN WHITLEY/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS)

April 19, 2010

Kristy Thompson named Student Employee of the Year

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Kristy N. Thompson, the advertising sales manager and senior sales account executive in the Student Publications Advertising Department, has been selected as Northwest's Student Employee of the Year.

Thompson is a senior business management and business marketing major from Cameron, Mo. She has worked in the Student Publications Department for three years.

In her role, Thompson is responsible for managing the sales account executives of the Student Publications Advertising Department, including its award-winning publications: The Northwest Missourian,, Tower Yearbook and She recruits, interviews, hires and trains a sales team. She also is responsible for setting individual and sales team monthly goals. Her primary goal is to increase advertising revenue for all student publications.

"I am very pleased and honored to win this award," Thompson said. "I would like to thank my supervisors Sarah Wayman and Laura Widmer, along with my co-workers who help me to do my job well. There are so many hard workers on this campus, it is simply an honor to be recognized with such a nice award."

Thompson was selected for the honor from a pool of 12 nominees. In her nomination for Thompson, Sarah Wayman, advertising and general media manager in the Student Publications Department, noted Thompson works with more than 50 clients in Maryville. Wayman also commended Thompson for her trustworthiness and her efforts to motivate the sales team, which has consistently exceeded sales goals.

"I am constantly impressed and inspired by Kristy," Wayman said. "She is confident in herself, and the publications she is selling. It shows as she spends time building relationships with clients who have yet to advertise. There is no task or issue too large and challenging for this respected leader to handle."

Director of Student Publications Laura Widmer said she has been so impressed with Thompson's work that she offered her a position at the newspaper Widmer owns in Salisbury, Mo.

"Selling can be a frustrating job," Widmer said. "However, Kristy goes about it in a professional manner. She possesses all of the qualities we look for in student workers - reliable, take initiative, professional and a team player."

About 1,000 students are employed throughout the Northwest campus. The University's student employment program provides students with valuable work experiences, networking opportunities with the campus and community and opportunities to expand future career choices, among other skills.

Student employment week at Northwest was celebrated April 12-16 and included a ceremony to honor other outstanding student workers.

Other award winners are:

Outstanding Recommendation for Reliability
Stephen D. Eschenbach, marketing/management

Outstanding Recommendation for Quality of Work
Sean J. Callahan, Owens Library

Outstanding Recommendation for Initiative
Timothy J. Mott, CITE

Outstanding Recommendation for Professionalism
Shanda R. Stockton, office of human resources management

Outstanding Recommendation for Uniqueness of Contribution
Lindsey A. Houle, KXCV-KRNW Public Radio

Outstanding Team: writing center
Emma K. Bergin
Kendra A. Boone
Brent D. Chappelow
Samantha R. Chappelow
Katherine S. Charczuk
Catherine J. Clark
Megan M. Gilland
Kristen D. Inman
Zach S. McNulty
Marcus J. Meade
Jacqueline L. Seidelman
Jason L. Williams
Alex L. Zenz

Student Employment Supervisor of the Year
Marcia S. Alsup, provost office

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468