Every year, the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) declares the second full week in April as National Student Employment Week. It was established to increase public awareness and to recognize students who work while attending college. It is also a time to recognize supervisors who oversee the student experience by providing training and development that prepare students for their careers.
F&M’s Student Employment Office had planned to hold a full week of activities designed to celebrate students, highlighted by an awards ceremony, at which student and supervisor awardees would be announced and celebrated. This was not possible in our new COVID-19 environment. However, we did receive student and supervisor nominations in February and March. In the past week, two committees of staff and students reviewed and scored the nominees, and selected the winners.
Today, we are happy to announce those winners and nominees:
Supervisor of the Year: Matthew Keller, Director of Sports Medicine - Athletics and Recreation; Student Employee of the Year: Rachel Strompf ’21.
Matthew Keller has worked in F&M’s Department of Athletics for 17 years. William (Billy) Doyle ’20 has worked with Matt for four years as a student sports medicine assistant and nominated him because:
He has displayed care and concern for not only myself, but for all other student workers and athletes. He ensures that each and every student worker has an important job and is a valued member of the team. He continually shows his leadership knowledge by leveraging students' unique academic skills in a work environment to improve the athletic department.
He is a paragon of patience and integrity and goes above and beyond his duties as the director of the department. He leads by example, helping student workers set up and tear down when needed, being always available to field questions, and most importantly, his understanding of how to cultivate powerful relationships with all students he meets. As a director, he recognizes the importance of working alongside all the other staff and students and leading by example.
He puts those around him first, demonstrating his amazing altruism. Working sporting events, teams can experience a multitude of emotions, the highest highs and the lowest lows. He is there when the team completes an amazing comeback win. He is there when an opposing team's player goes down. He is there when a player on our own team goes down. On multiple occasions, when a player went down with a career-ending injury, the first person to be by their side was him. He was the one that had first contact. He was the one that calmed that player. He was the one that led them off the field. He was the one that supervised and helped them rehabilitate their injury. Every step of the way, he made sure that that person was taken care of. An award is given to recognize excellence, it is time that Matt Keller be recognized for his excellence.
Congratulations as well to our runners-up:
- Diana Daigle, College Library
- Todd DeKay, Office of Student Affairs; Dean of Brooks College House
Information about and pictures from the 2019 awards ceremony can be found here: Student Employee of the Year.
Rachel Strompf ’21 is an art major and highly involved on campus, working with the College Entertainment Committee (CEC), Squash Aces, and the Budget Priorities Committee (BPC). Rachel has also worked in the Office of College Advancement since her first year and her supervisor/nominator, Justin Herbert ’09 states:
Rachel is an amazing team player. Her primary role in the Office of College Advancement is as a prospect researcher. Her hard work and dependable service to that position have made her a known quantity among the entire College Advancement office and I have been approached several times to allow Rachel to work for other teams in the division for special high-profile projects.
Rachel has been instrumental in altering some processes in Prospect Research through her project management and initiative. By asking questions and having a comprehensive understanding of the problems, she has been able to contribute to improved efficiency and drive desirable outcomes.
Rachel works well independently. Her commitment to her work is shown in the clarity and continuity she provides to the projects she is working on, which is always helpful as projects can change hands. Additionally, Rachel is trustworthy and professional, as she often deals with highly confidential material and strictly adheres to the office's policy on confidentiality.
Congratulations to Rachel and to all nominated students:
- Nicole Davies ’20, Office of Student Affairs/Housing
- Owen Garrity ’20, Office of Admission
- Lexi Hoffman ’21, Brooks House Advisor
- Xinyu (Alice) Lu ’20, Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development
- Jasmin Perez ’23, Office of College Grants
- Anna Phommachanthone ’22, Office of Student Affairs/DipCares; Student Employment Office
- Patrianne Stevenson ’20, Information Technology Services
- Sean Taltaval ’20, Information Technology Services