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June 21, 2011
Updated June 29, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Three students and a staff member from Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom spent 10 days visiting Northwest Missouri State University as the two universities continue to collaborate on their student employment models and research ways to engage students.
The visitors representing Birmingham City were Rebecca Freeman, a researcher at the institution's Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT); Alistair Narnor, a student studying business and management; Luke Nagle, a student studying architecture; and Oeiisha Williams, a student studying early childhood education studies.
Throughout their visit, the group job shadowed Northwest student employees and staff members in areas such as KXCV radio, the B.D. Owens Library, and the offices of the Provost, Campus Activities, Career Services, Financial Assistance, and Human Resources. The group also observed Northwest's freshmen orientation process, SOAR, which was occurring on campus during their visit and heavily incorporates student workers.
"This relationship is definitely a learning and growing process for everybody involved," said Paula McLain, coordinator of student employment at Northwest. "Northwest has a lot to benefit from the relationship and the continued collaboration. We're constantly evaluating what it is we do on a daily basis and how we can do it better. I think when we do things from day to day we don't stop and take a moment to reflect on what we do. It becomes instinctive, and when we're forced to stop and tell our story and reflect on what it is we do, we find objectives that we can improve upon. They ask questions that are thought-provoking for us to study and search for improvements to better our program."
In November 2009, Birmingham City University, an institution of about 24,000 students spread across eight diverse campuses, and Birmingham City Students' Union launched the Student Academic Partners (SAP) scheme. The SAP scheme aims to integrate students into the teaching and pedagogic research communities of faculty as a way to develop collaboration between students and staff, generating a sense of ownership and pride in the institution and its programs.
Having learned about Northwest's student employment program, Birmingham City leaders began a partnership with Northwest. In January 2010, Birmingham City's Professor Stuart Brand, Luke Millard and Paul Chapman visited Northwest for the first time to gain insight about Northwest's student employment program and observe student workers firsthand. In April, the Birmingham City officials returned to Northwest, spending two days meeting staff, faculty and student employees for a series of panel discussions.
Three Northwest students and Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness Mary Throener also visited the United Kingdom in July 2010 to collaborate with representatives from Birmingham City and Copenhagen Business School about the benefits of student engagement and integration into the University tapestry.
At Northwest, about 950 students are employed in nearly every area of the campus, including the University farm, custodial services, academic departments, the University Police Department, radio and television, environmental services, Residential Life and student service departments. They work in roles such as farm assistants, custodians, lab assistants, tutors, dispatchers, on-air announcers, desk assistants, ambassadors, web developers and office assistants.
Northwest's student employment program allows students to earn money while they explore and affirm career choices and gain critical skills that improve their marketability for professional employment.
For more information about Northwest's student employment program, go to: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/student/index.htm.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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