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UNI student selected as State of Iowa Student Employee of the Year

April 27, 2011

Jennifer Bell, financial aid counselor, Office of Student Financial Aid, 319-273-2700,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


Darion WatsonCEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa student Darion Watson, a senior communications major from Gary, Ind., was named the UNI Student Employee of the Year at the annual Student Employee Week reception on April 13. Watson's nomination was also submitted for state, regional and national consideration and the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators selected Watson as the State of Iowa Student Employee of the Year.

Watson is a resident assistant in Dancer Hall where he has been responsible for building community in houses of about 50 men in all stages of their college experience. According to his supervisor and nominator, Amanda Mesirow, Watson "works to develop members of his house by arranging speakers, activities and resources that meet the needs of his house. He is always careful to respect the opinions of others and respond with respect." Watson was one of only six winners of the Prepared Case Study competition at the 21st annual UNI Resident Assistant Conference, during which UNI hosted RAs from across the region. Watson's presentation was recognized out of more than 100 entries from across the region.

Watson is the first student from UNI to be selected as the State of Iowa Student Employee of the Year. This honor was accompanied by a congratulatory letter and certificate from the National Student Employment Association, as well as a monetary award.

For more information, contact Jennifer Bell, counselor in the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid, at 319-273-2700 or