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UNI graduate student named Student Employee of the Year for the State of Iowa

April 11, 2017

Sarah Goblirsch, employer relations director, UNI Career Services, 319-273-2084,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Casey Hoekstra, a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa, has been selected as the Student Employee of the Year for the State of Iowa by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administration (MASEA).

Hoekstra was submitted to the MASEA for consideration after being selected for the University of Northern Iowa Student Employee of the Year. She was presented with both awards at a recognition event on Monday, April 10, at UNI.

Hoekstra works as an academic coach in the Academic Learning Center at UNI and was originally nominated for UNI Student Employee of the Year by a colleague. An academic coach is expected to meet with students for tutorial sessions on an individual basis, study related research and the prepared curricula for planned and scheduled workshops/courses and arrange support seminars and study groups, among other responsibilities.

According to her nomination form, Hoekstra has devoted more than 290 hours to working with at least 800 students, and has built relationships with faculty, staff and administrators to help develop and present workshops across campus. She was also commended for demonstrating outstanding leadership, character and dedication.

For more information, contact Sarah Goblirsch, employer relations director for UNI Career Services, at 319-273-2084 or