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Student Employee Recognition

The National Student Employment Association has declared that the second week in April each year be set aside to recognize the value of student employees and student employment professionals. The purpose of this week is threefold:

  1. To enhance awareness of student employment and its important role in the higher education experience.
  2. To recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college.
  3. To thank the employers who hire students for part-time positions and make the student employment program such a success.

The EKU Student Employment Appreciation Day recognizes and honors the efforts of student employees for their contributions to the university and its community. Faculty and Staff members may nominate one or more EKU student employee(s) within their respective area by following the instructions below.

Award Categories

EKU Student Employee of the Year

Open to any student employee or Graduate Assitant that has made outstanding contributions or achievements for a department.

Examples of performance that surpasses expectations:

  • Student consistently performs extra duties that substantially goes beyond their assigned work.
  • Student works to create a positive, collaborative, and efficient work environment.
  • Student is trusted to work on special project or serve on teams designed to improve the department.
  • Student makes special effort to learn new skills and/or take on additional responsibility.
  • Student displays a high level of professionalism and represents EKU with pride.

Rockstar Rookie

Student must be a first-time employee in a department.

Examples of performance that surpasses expectations:

  • Student has shown outstanding performance in their position.
  • Student needs little to no encouragement to learn new skills or ask for assistance when needed.
  • Student shows a desire to grow in their position.

Excellence in Leadership

Supervision of other students must be part of the job description.

Examples of performance that surpasses expectations:

  • Student has taken initiative to be a leader among their peers.
  • Promotes a work environment that is respectful, supportive, and collaborative
  • Student is an excellent role model to peers and makes an effort to mentor others.

Big Idea

Student has implemented an innovative idea that have helped improve the department.

Examples of performance that surpasses expectations:

  • Student is willing to bring new ideas to the department and identifies gaps in your area that could benefit from change.
  • Student often thinks outside of the box to improve current processes or create a new one.
  • Student promotes the exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives.

How Can I Recognize My Student Employees?

April 11th – 15th, 2022 is National Student Employee Appreciation Week. Here are some ideas on how to show your student employees how much they are appreciated.

Student Awards Eligibility 

  • Currently enrolled in an EKU undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • Employed within the current fiscal year, July 1st – June 30th

Student Employee Appreciation Video:

Student Employee Nominees and Winners for 2022-2023

Student Employee Nominees and Winners for 2021-2022

2021-2022 Award Winners

Student Employee of the Year

Big Idea

Excellence in Leadership

Rockstar Rookie

Addison Riel

Jade Sipes

Zach Combest

Bianca Aparicio


2021-2022 Student Employee Nominees

Student Employee of the Year

Big Idea

Chase Carson

Jared Christian

Lauren Chugg

Lexi Edwards-Bobart

Ellen Harrington

Taylor Hogsed

Sonia Kwiecinski

Victoria (Tori) Long

Chloe Lundy

Heather Nicole Lyon

Brady Parlato

Lynsey Patrick

Brianna (Kae) Peterson

Danika Riddle

Addison Grace Riel

Faith Roberts

Jenna Ross

Amber Sizemore

Rhiannon Spradlin

Geffen Stanhope

Rina Tanaka

Kaylee Wilson

Kelsie Arisman

James (Robbie) Riley

Jade Sipes

Cameron White


Excellence in Leadership

Rock Star Rookie

Brandon Tyler Beardsley

Zachery Combest

Heidi Flores

Zachary Gay

Connor Hadley

Rachel Hampton

Kor'ee Jackson

Whitney Reed

Rina Tanaka

Paul Acosta

Meghan Allison

Bianca Aparicio

Cassidy Cain

Alexandra Canada

Sarah Cooper

Makayla Fightmaster

Emma Grammer

Jediah Holman

Caroline Holsclaw

Shelby Hyland

John Mader

Randi Mills

Vic Montgomery

Dakota Morris

Peter Myre

Jordyn Nickens

Daniela Oronia-Cruz

Tiffany Porron

Kassandra Ramirez

Rosalie Richburg

Janie Sayers

Matthew Saylor

Staci Tate

Matthew Thomas

Laykin Tolliver

Luz Valdespino Soto

To our Student Employees: THANK YOU!!

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