The prestigious Student Worker of the Year competition recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending WCU. The competition begins on the campus level, and advances to the regional (Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators) and national (National Student Employment Association) levels.
The 2015-16 WCU Student Worker of the Year will receive $500, a plaque with his/her name, recognition at his/her college's award ceremony, and the chance to compete for $1,000 at the national level.
Nominees may include undergraduate or graduate students hired through Non Work-Study (Career Services) or Work-Study (Financial Aid). Graduate Assistant, Research or Teaching Assistants are not eligible. Students must have been employed for a minimum of 6 months part-time between June 2015 and May 2016. You may only nominate one student per department.
Download the Guidelines and Nomination Form and submit to Carrie Hachadurian, Student Employment Specialist, either electronically (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by campus mail (205 Killian Annex). The deadline to nominate a student is 5 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2016. Please note the nomination form has changed as of January 4 to reflect the National Student Employment Association's guidelines.
Student workers benefit greatly by being nominated for this prestigious award. Not only is it a great way to honor a hard-working student within your department, but it is also an excellent way students can show future employers their outstanding work ethic, professionalism, and skills.
When completing the nomination packet, be sure to:
To view previous winning nominations on a national level, visit the National Student Employee Association's website.
Shenandoah “Shay” Ragsdale, a graduating senior majoring in Emergency Medical Care, can always be counted on to work diligently a Student Building Manager and as part of the Set Up Crew in the Ramsey Center. “She always has a smile on her face,” said supervisor Ryan Fisher. “Without a doubt, her greatest attribute is her outgoing, always positive, upbeat attitude.”
Ragsdale is responsible for the Ramsey Center after business hours, on weekends and during certain holidays in which she ensures the building is secured. In addition, she supervises student staff during events and trains incoming student staff members to a high degree of expectation. During the December 2014 graduation ceremony in which a potential bomb scare forced evacuation of the Ramsey Center, Ragsdale helped lead her crew of student workers in assembling a last-minute graduation ceremony outside in the stadium.
“She is one of the fastest learners that I have ever met and has quickly picked up on the responsibilities of nearly every position in our department,” Fisher said.
Throughout her experience working with the Ramsey Center, Ragsdale has learned how to work and communicate with people from a variety of backgrounds, she said. “This job definitely teaches you to multitask, and prioritize and delegate jobs to other people in order to get the job done” she said. “It also teaches [students] how to be a leader and how to communicate on different levels.”
When asked what advice she has for other student workers, Ragsdale suggested developing an excellent work ethic. “It doesn’t matter what you do, big or small, people are watching you and will judge your character from it.”
Runners up for the Student Worker of the Year Award include Aaron Alexander, Social Media Marketing Assistant with University Marketing; Carlton Kimber, Housekeeper with Residential Living; El Hayes, Athletic Academic Support with WCU Athletics; Kristy Gaskell, Library Assistant with Hunter Library; Kyle Smith, Technical Office Assistant with Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness; Lauren Bergnes-Sell, Office Assistant with Office of Student Transitions; Logan Long, Business Counselor Assistant with the SBTDC; Mikayla Baldwin, Cat Tran Driver with Transportation and Parking; Rachel Oliver, Course Tutor with the Writing and Learning Commons; Rachel Stamey, Orientation Leader with International Programs and Services; Steven Handy, Intramural Sports Supervisor with Campus Recreation Center; Wesley Dixon, Lab Assistant with School of Engineering and Technology; and Joanna Woodson, Student Services Corps with the Center for Service Learning.