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About the 2019-2020 On-Campus Award Winners

Student Employee of the Year Award Winner

Kristen McKinsey Wilson

Kinsey is an EKU Guru in the Student Success Center where she coaches EKU students professionally and personally. She has tutored hundreds of students within her 3 years working this position. Not only does she have the highest number of regulars, but Kinsey goes above and beyond to make these students feel at home and comfortable with asking for help. Furthermore, Kinsey trains new Gurus and developed a system for tracking trainings and mentoring hours that will be helpful to the Student Success Center for years to come. Finally, Kinsey champions the mission of this program in and outside the workplace. She ensures that new EKU students are acquainted with the Student Success Center and all of its benefits. Congratulations to Kinsey for winning the 2019-2020 Student Employee of the Year award! 

Graduate Assistant of the Year Award Winners – It’s a Tie!

Ellen Reinhold

Ellen is a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer in the Exercise and Sport Science and Music departments where she provides medical coverage to the marching band with secondary clinical time dedicated to all performing arts students. Ellen is the first person in this position and she has set the bar high. Her supervisor is able to provide her autonomous work with an ease of mind knowing that the performers “are in good hands.” She is an advocate for evidence-based medicine and only applies examinations and treatments with literature support. Ellen gives 100% at all times and goes above and beyond to build relationships with the performers by displaying empathy and compassion for their medical needs. Her effort not only impacts EKU but also the Richmond community because since the department has hired Ellen, the EMS calls have almost vanished. Congratulations to Ellen for winning the 2019-2020 Graduate Assistant of the Year award!

Katarina McGuire

Katarina is a Research Graduate Assistant in the School of Justice Studies where she conducts literature searches for ongoing research projects and assists with grading online classes. Katarina exceeds expectations with her literature review searches because in a short period of time she is able to find articles that are exactly what the faculty needs and will take initiative to find supplemental literature. Not only does she take initiative with her research duties but Katarina also goes above and beyond her duties with grading homework for an online statistics course. In fact, once when a professor fell ill and was unable to provide guidance, Katarina took it upon herself to watch the taped lecture, read the textbook, and get the grading completed, all in the same day! Students and other faculty in this department have voiced their appreciation for Katarina and expressed how much of a positive impact she has had on them. Congratulations to Katarina for winning the 2019-2020 Graduate Assistant of the Year award!

Excellence in Leadership Award Winner

Alexis Riep

Alexis is an Intramural Program Leader in Campus Recreation where she oversees the Intramural Program at night, assists with check-ins and submitting injury reports, and enforces Campus Rec rules and regulations. Alexis is an outstanding team player and leading by example is an invaluable trait in a leader. She makes it a priority to help new Intramural Officials feel welcome in this intimidating position. She also goes above and beyond to support the Intramural Officials in the toughest moments in the job and she pushes them to be the best official they can be. Alexis is exceptionally dependable and always willing to pick up last minute shifts. She has even taken the initiative to ask to train officials in the toughest sport there is to officiate, basketball. Congratulations to Alexis on winning the 2019-2020 Excellence in Leadership student award!

Big Idea Award Winner

Alex Dixon

Alex is an EKU Guru in the Student Success Center where he tutors and mentors EKU students both professionally and personally. Alex’s big idea in this position was to create a computer software program to assist with scheduling student employees in the office. The Student Success Center hires lots of students and scheduling can undoubtedly be a complicated and timely task because work location, coverage for particular subjects, and scheduling an experienced Guru on each shift all have to be taken into account. However, Alex’s robust tutor scheduler program has saved ample amounts of time and has the potential to be used across campus. While building it, Alex frequently gained feedback from his supervisor and IT to ensure the program was the best it could possibly be and serving its purpose. He was able to get this program built during the fall semester and in time for use in scheduling student employees this spring semester. Congratulations to Alex for winning the 2019-2020 Big Idea student award!

Rockstar Rookie Award Winner

Olivia Jennings

Olivia is a Peer Career Mentor in the Center for Career & Co-op where she conducts mock interviews, dress for success appointments, and helps with special events and projects. Olivia may be new to this position but she excels at it. She goes out of her way to create and maintain a positive culture in the office and enthusiastically greets visitors. Additionally, Olivia receives glowing reviews after all of her appointments. In fact, one student sought out the Assistant Director to voice her appreciation for Olivia saying that she now has a new outlook on job hunting thanks to her. Furthermore, Olivia is a natural leader and has developed and taken lead on several projects. These projects have moved the meaning of being a Peer Mentor in a new direction. Congratulations to Olivia for winning the Rockstar Rookie student award!

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