UNI names student employees of the year

Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2002

Del Jaramillo, UNI Student Employment Coordinator, Office of Financial Aid, (319) 273-6394
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa celebrated National Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 7 - 13, in a variety of ways, most notably with the selection of Student Employees of the Year.

This is the third year for the campus-wide awards at UNI. Four students were honored with personal plaques and a luncheon April 11, attended also by their parents, the supervisor who nominated them and UNI President Dr. Robert Koob and Roland Carrillo, Director of Financial Aid. Their names will be added to a plaque in the Financial Aid Office.

Named Student Employees of the Year were: Tim Bakula, a general studies senior from New Hampton, who works as a peer instructor at the Student Services Center, nominated by Karen Agee, Reading and Learning Strategies Coordinator; Sara J. Christensen, senior organizational communications major from Marion, who works as team leader of the Northern Iowa STARS, nominated by Sara Zubrod, Assistant Counselor/Telecounseling Supervisor.

Also, Sarah McGlynn, senior education major from Webster City, a student assistant in the Office of Financial Aid, who was nominated by Michelle Galanits receptionist in the Student Employment Office; and Lisa Swanson, senior computer information systems major from Cedar Falls, assistant image analyst III for Earth Science, nominated by Alan Czarnetzki, Associate Professor & STORM Project Director.

This year's winners were selected by a committee of five representatives from different campus departments, including two students, according to Del Jaramillo, UNI Student Employment Coordinator. To be eligible, Jaramillo said students must be enrolled at least nine hours as undergraduates or six hours as graduate students, be in good academic standing and have been on the UNI payroll for at least two years, though not necessarily in the same department.

Sponsored by UNI Financial Aid / Student Employment Office, Jaramillo said the award was established 'to recognize outstanding student employees who go beyond the job requirements and provide exemplary service to UNI. Many student employees exhibit extraordinary skills and commitment to their work throughout campus. Student employees are not only vital to the goals of the university, but they bring with them a refreshing quality to departments where they work.'

'Coordinating National Student Employment Week is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job,' said Jaramillo. Those nominated but not selected as winners will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the UNI President Robert Koob. The UNI Financial Aid/Student Employment Office offered candy, popcorn and prizes to student employees all over campus, said Jaramillo. 'The primary purpose of the week is for the individual departments to do something special for their student employees,' said Jaramillo. There are about 4,000 students employed on the UNI campus this year.

The UNI celebration was held in conjunction with National Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 7-13, sponsored by the National Student Employment Association.