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.

The Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) award is given to an outstanding student who has made a positive contribution to the college and has demonstrated extraordinary reliability, quality of work, initiative, and professionalism. Read about our 2019, 2020, and 2021 winners below, as well as further information about the nomination process. 

 2021 SEOTY Awards 

This year we were not able to hold 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. 

The Student Employee of the Year for 2021 is  Nina Kegelman ‘21 - Writing Center Head Tutor. Read excerpts from her nomination below. 

Honorable Mention goes to Emily Mansfield ‘22 - Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) and Maria Ayala Montes De Oca ‘21 - The POGIL Project.

...Perhaps Nina's greatest attribute (in addition to the usual work ethic, intelligence, etc.) is how calm and self-controlled she is. Writing Center tutors must be ready to react to a wide range of situations at various levels of emergency and Nina does so with a remarkable level of coolness. Maybe the biggest example of this attribute is Nina's overall response to even being Head Tutor--a position that she was supposed to share with another student. Nina picked up the extra responsibilities without a word of complaint or concern, and she has carried that load through three modules now with no more visible strain than she exhibited in her previous capacity as tutor or Co-Head Tutor. As further evidence of this attribute of Nina's, here is a quote from one of the current tutors she oversees: "Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, Nina has worked hard to ensure not just that everyone's doing their jobs well, but that everyone's connected and enjoying themselves. From sending memes and sparking debates in the staff group chat to playing a key role in creating a virtual training program from scratch, Nina's leadership during the pandemic has been the glue holding the staff together."

Another tutor, one who has worked with Nina since their sophomore year, has this to say: "Nina has been a wonderful leader this year and has taken the difficulties of online tutoring in stride. Her thoughtful questions make the entire group think deeply about important issues related to writing and tutoring, and she is an A+ leader who always strives to make everyone a more effective tutor. She is a delight to work with!" I can wholeheartedly agree.  - Justin Hopkins ‘06Assistant Director of the Writing Center and Teaching Professor

  • Senior Nina Kegelman.

Above:  Nina's portrait. 

Below:  Nina and the Writing Center Staff.

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2020 SEOTY Awards 

This year we were not able to hold 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. 

The Student Employee of the Year for 2020 is  Rachel Strompf  ’21 for her work in the Office of College Advancement. Read excerpts from her nomination below. 

Honorable Mention goes to Lexi Hoffman '21 for her role as a Brooks House OPD and H.A. and Owen Garrity '20, for his four years of outstanding work in the office of Admission. 

...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. 
- Justin Herbert '09,  Associate Director of Prospect Management & Research

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Above:  Rachel speaking at an F&M event. 

Below:  Rachel interacting with the F&Mily during Homecoming Weekend.

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2019 SEOTY Awards 

The President's Award for Student Employee of the Year went to Olyvia Armstrong '19, in recognition for representing the best of F&M via the Squash Aces program and her mentorship of local area students. 

Honorable Mention was given to student employees, Delano Brown '20 and Madison Evans '19, for their respective student employment achievements and contributions.    

4.10.19 student employee of the year  - Olyvia Armstrong

Olyvia served as a volunteer with the ACES program her first year at F&M. During that time, she has consistently worked ten hours a week and arrives to work 110% ready to engage in the work to be done.  In working with children, many who live in unstable homes, it is key to them to have a highly reliable and dependable person to foster a sense of safety and belonging. I have watched Olyvia not only grow in confidence, but also in her comfort and ease with the students in the program. She knows their names and their personalities. She is very good at interacting with all the facets of our program with equal skill.  

Olyvia consistently exceeds the expectations of her position. At the beginning of each semester, the ACES program seeks new F&M student volunteers to work with the program participants. Olyvia not only promotes the opportunity, but she also meets with interested students. She conducts an informational interview and then seeks to partner those students with a mentee with similar interests or personalities. She then remains engaged in the observation of those mentoring relationships as they form over the course of the semester. Almost daily, I reflect on the luck I have, to have found an F&M student who I truly view as a colleague. - Susan Walker, Program Director/Assistant Director, Ware Institute

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Above: Paul Daigle, Student Employment Manager, addresses the student and staff audience and the  Awards Reception. 

Left:  F&M President Barbara Altmann presents the Student Employee of the Year award to Olyvia Armstrong '19.

Below:  SEOTY winner Olyvia Armstrong '19 with her supervisor, Susan Walker (far right) and fellow Squash Aces student mentors.

Student Employee of the year 2019

 
Learn more about the Squash ACES program here:   https://www.fandm.edu/squash-aces

Nomination Process & Guidelines

Franklin & Marshall College, in partnership with the National Student Employment Association, holds its annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award contest and ceremony in April of every year.

This award is given to an outstanding student who has made a positive contribution on the college and has demonstrated extraordinary reliability, quality of work, initiative, and professionalism.

Each spring semester, supervisors are invited to nominate exceptional student employees from their departments. All nominees are invited to a reception during National Student Employee Appreciation Week in April. 
 

General Guidelines

  1. Nominations may be submitted only by a staff or faculty member who supervises the nominee.

  2. Each supervisor may nominate up to three student employees.

  3. A student may be nominated more than once if the student works in more than one department. Multiple nominations of a student will be treated separately.

  4. In order to be eligible,  students nominated must be hourly employees and have worked or will work a minimum of one full semester during the selection period from July 1 and May 15 of every academic year.

  5. Nominations typically close on March 15th.
     

Be a Nomination Reviewer!

Nomination reviewers are integral to the selection process. Any faculty or staff member may be a nomination reviewer. Commitment will vary based on availability of the reviewer. Email  studentemployment@fandm.edu to get involved!

 

How to Nominate

All nominations are submitted through Qualtrics via this link. Nominators will be asked to answer several short questions and four open-ended questions, in which they will be asked to describe and give examples of students’ attributes, expectations, leadership, and impact.  Nominators will be asked to:

  1. Provide the student’s job title and a summary of the job description. Please do not use a generic job description. 

  2. Describe the student employee’s performance in the following areas 

  • Attributes – Provide an example that demonstrates the nominees’ greatest attributes and how these attributes enhance their contributions to the position.  
  • Expectations – Provide an example of how the nominee goes above and beyond the expectations listed in their job description.  
  • Leadership/Style - Provide an example of how the nominee’s leadership skills, initiative or style helped to improve how your office functions.
  • Impact – Provide an example of the positive impact the nominee has had to your department, campus or community.

Please use examples and be specific as possible in your nomination.