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April 13, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University honored its outstanding student organizations, leaders and student employees as well as its Tower Service and Culture of Quality award winners Monday during the first Northwest Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
For the first time this year, the program combined multiple award ceremonies that took place separately each spring. The new ceremony, which this year featured Northwest's recently retired head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma as the keynote speaker, is a collaborative celebration sponsored by Student Senate, the Office of Campus Activities and Student Employment.
"The award nominees and recipients are great examples of the talent we have here on the Northwest campus and we really wanted to celebrate their outstanding contributions to both the University and the Maryville community and their countless successes," said Kat Donovan, leadership graduate assistant at Northwest, who helped organize this year's program. "We are extremely pleased with the overall success of the event and look forward to further collaboration."
Sigma Society was named the Outstanding Student Organization in addition to winning the Community Leadership Award. Sigma Society, an organization for women, is a service organization dedicated to participating in meaningful activities at Northwest and in the Maryville community.
Jason Williams, a senior child and family studies major from Kansas City, was awarded Student Organization President of the Year. Williams heads Students Taking Action Through Service, or S.T.A.T.S., which he founded last year as a student organization that encourages inner city youth to strive for higher education.
In conjunction with National Student Employment Week, the awards ceremony also recognized outstanding student employees and supervisors across the Northwest campus. Paula McLain, coordinator of student employment, noted Northwest's student employment population consists of about 950 student employees in 110 departments and 120 student employment supervisors.
"Student Employment provides Northwest employees with the window to familiarize ourselves with our students, appreciate their contributions, and help us all do our job better," McLain said. "Student employment is our bridge to those we serve, a bridge that personally brings us friendship, ideas, motivation, among many other valuable assets."
The Student Employment Supervisor nominees are evaluated based on leadership, mentoring and professionalism. The Student Employee of the Year and Student Employment Team of the Year nominees are evaluated based on five standards established by the National Student Employment Association: reliability, initiative, professionalism, quality of work and the uniqueness of their contributions.
Jeremy Waldeier, associate director of admissions, was named Student Employment Supervisor of the Year. Waldeier's nominator wrote: "He works hard to get to know each student employee on a personal level and always is open to comments, suggestions and new ideas. He strives to create an ‘Ambassador Bearcat Family.' He instills in his employees an attitude for professionalism and one of his best qualities is that his door is always open. He is there to listen to our issues and help us in any way he can."
Kirk Skoglund, a junior math education major from Barnard and a student employee at the Talent Development Center, was named Student Employee of the Year. In addition to recognizing Skoglund's positive attitude, work ethic and customer service skills, his nominator wrote: "He is constantly helping students improve their attitudes and study habits. He finds joy in helping others and seeing them succeed and constantly goes above and beyond what is asked and expected of him. As one of our most requested math tutors, he has gained a reputation and quite a list of clients. His hard work and willingness to help others makes him one of our most valued employees."
Student employees in the Office of Financial Assistance - Kristen Gray, Emily Murphy, Taryn Hill, Haley Schelp, Holly Luke and Jackie Smith - were recognized as the Student Employment Team of the Year. The team's nominator wrote: "They work well together in sharing the load to make a seamless flow in coverage of the front reception area while traditionally taking on special projects from individual staff members in other areas. They are visionary in their ideas of how the department may work more efficiently, eliminating steps of time, materials and improving customer satisfaction in the department's processes."
Below is a complete listing of the award winners.
Community Leadership Award: Sigma Society
Outstanding New Organization of the Year: To Write Love on Her Arms
Outstanding Program of the Year: Northwest Dance Company
Student Organization President of the Year: Jason Williams
Outstanding Sophomore: Garrett Meyer
Outstanding Junior: Erika Hanson
Outstanding Senior: Jacqueline Pottier
Outstanding Organizational Advisor: Malinda Shanks
Commitment to Diversity Award: Common Ground
Outstanding Student Organization: Sigma Society
Supervisor of the Year:
Winner: Jeremy Waldeier, Admissions
Nominees: Leslie Chandler, Advisement; Linda Standerford, Talent Development Center; Lisa Crater, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; Steve Bryant, Residential Life
Student Employment Team of the Year
Winner: Financial Assistance Student Employment (Kristen Gray, Emily Murphy, Taryn Hill, Haley Schelp, Holly Luke and Jackie Smith)
Nominees: Owens Library (Jennifer Carr, Cory Davis, Rachel Fair, Justin Hawkins, Thomas Herron, Michael Nay, Neil Robinson, Kevin Smith and Trevor Tutt), Wellness Center (Stacia Bricker, Rebecca Christensen, Jennifer Evans, Taylor Jones, Ashleigh Loe, Montoya Lucas, Alisha Page, Sydney Priest-Driskell and Megan Sees)
Student Employee of the Year
Winner: Kirk Skoglund, Talent Development Center.
Nominees: Leah Wilmes, President's Office; Kate Walter, Talent Development Center; Jennifer Carr, Owens Library; Alyssa Henggeler, Controller/Accounting Office; Cory Landon, Auxiliary Services; Robert Lindsay, Horace Mann Office; Carli Mercer, University Advancement Office; Neil Robinson, Owens Library
Outstanding Recommendation for Reliability Award: Jennifer Carr, Owens Library
Outstanding Recommendation for Initiative Award: Robert Lindsay, Horace Mann
Outstanding Recommendation for Quality: Kate Walter, Talent Development Center
Outstanding Recommendation for Professionalism: Carli Mercer, University Advancement Office
Outstanding Recommendation for Uniqueness of Contribution: Cory Landon, Auxiliary Services
Tower Service Award winners: Dr. Matthew Engel, Dustin Crouse, Garrett Gassman, Meghan Davis, Kim Todd, Ryan Hass, Derek Clithero, Jaclyn Ekle, Rebecca Baldwin and Scott Shields
Commitment to Quality Award winners: Hardscape Team, Client Computing Computer Lab Consultant Team, Office of Campus Activities
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