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Student Employment Awards

Student Employee of the Year

Keuka's 2013 Student Employee of the Year, Kayla Curtis (left) with supervisor Valerie Webster. Kayla also received New York State Student Employee of the Year and the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA) Regional Student Employee of the Year. Click on the photo to read the story.>>>

Since 1995, Keuka College has co-sponsored the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) with the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA) and the National Student Employment Association (NSEA). The College has been a member of both of these organizations since the mid-1990′s.

Each January/February, work-study supervisors nominate students who are described as “cream of the crop” student employees. On-campus readers/judges are chosen to rank the nominees taking into account such qualities as reliability, initiative, quality of work, disposition, and contribution to employer.

During National Student Employment Week, a celebration sponsored by the Center for Experiential Learning and hosted by the College President, is held to honor all of the nominees, the nominators, and readers/judges. The members of the President’s Cabinet also attend this festive event. At this time, the Student Employee of the Year is announced and their nomination moves to the state level for review. Since the inception of this recognition, Keuka has honored approximately eight to ten student employees each year. The name of the Student Employee of the Year is added to the Student Employee of the Year plaque housed in the Center for Experiential Learning. The Student Employee of the Year rotating plaque is given to the department that has the Student Employee of the Year selected until the next year’s awards ceremony.

Past Recipients

The 2013 nominees (from left): Ashley Larimore, Travis Simmons, Sally Daggett, director of student employment, Kayla Curtis, President Díaz-Herrera, Colleen Young, Michael Kelly, and Alicia Fisher.

2013: Kayla Curtis, Big Brothers Big Sisters Program
2012: Ron Burd, Alumni & Family Relations/Admissions Offices
2011: Chelsea Socha, Center for Global Education
2010: Jennifer Graham, Office of the Webmaster
2009: Laura Williams, Community Service Resource Center
2008: Aubrey Orloff, Yates ARC D.R.I.V.E. Peer Mentor Program
2007: Ashley Aman, Aquatics
2006: Matthew Beckwith, Athletic Training
2005: Christina Colombo, Athletic Training
2004: Brian Pelkey, Athletic Training
2003: Leslie Meistrich, Synchronized Swimming
2002: Jessica Whitney, Adult Learning Center
2001: Jason Banks, Weed Physical Arts Center
2000: Jessica Acheson, College Advancement
1999: Kevin Card, Athletic Training
1998: Holllie Beeman, the Social Work Program
1997: Chastity Jock, Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & PE
1996: Sherri Irving, Aquatics
1995: Emily Wright, Occupational Therapy Division

Keuka’s Student Employee of the Year was also recognized as the New York Student Employee of the Year in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 (Between 2009 and 2011, the award was referred as the NEASEA District 5 Award). Effective in 2012, this award has gone back to the New York Sate Student Employee of the Year.

Supervisor of the Year

Keuka's Samantha Stevenson, Class of 2013 & student fitness assistant nominated Jonathan Accardi, director of campus recreation and intramurals. Jonathan received the Keuka College Supervisor of the Year and also received the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA) Regional Supervisor of the Year. Click on the photo to read the story.>>>

Since 2010, Keuka College has co-sponsored the Work-Study Supervisor of the Year (SOTY) with the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA).  Each January/February, work-study students nominate work-study supervisors who are viewed, in the eyes of student employees, as the best of the best supervisors! On-campus readers/judges are chosen to rank the nominees taking into account such qualities/abilities as:  integrating student employees as members of their staff, guidance and mentoring, initiative, and alignment with the mission of the college and the department.

Past Recipients

2013:  Jonathan Accardi – Campus Recreation & Intramurals
2012 – Sandra Teague – Division of Occupational Therapy
2011 – No award
2010 – Paulette Willemsen – Division of Education

During National Student Employment Week, a celebration sponsored by the Center for Experiential Learning and hosted by the College President is held to honor all of the work-study supervisor nominees, the student nominators, readers/judges. The members of the President’s Cabinet also attend this event. At this celebration the Work-Study Supervisor of the Year is announced and their nomination moves on for regional review with the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA).

The name of the Work-Study Supervisor of the Year award will be added to the Work-Study Supervisor of the Year plaque housed in the Center for Experiential Learning in Hegeman Hall.

The 2013 supervisor of the year nominees were (front row): Molly McGuigan and Tom Jackson. Back row: Eric Detar, Rachel Dewey, Sally Daggett, director of student employment, Jonathan Accardi, President Díaz-Herrera,Eva Moberg-Sarver, and Valerie Webster.