Student Employee Appreciation Week

  Student employee appreciation week 2022

  • Student employee appreciation week will be formally celebrated the week of April 10 - more details to come!
  • The campus winners will be announced the week of April 11 for Student Employee of the Year (Undergraduate), Student Employee of the Year (Graduate), and Supervisor of Student Employees of the Year.


Nominations are closed for 2022

  • Gary L Belleville Student Employee and Supervisor of the Year Awards
    • The week is dedicated to student employees. It is a time to recognize all the hard work and contributions that they make to Western Michigan University and the greater community.  The past year has been like no other. Take some time to celebrate your student staff. This event offers the opportunity to nominate outstanding students and student supervisors for the Student and Supervisor of the Year award.
    • Student employees work in most campus departments. Their work ranges from cashiers to graduate assistants. WMU employs approximately 3,500 during the fall/spring semesters. Campus student employment allows students to build skills, explore career options, and make meaningful contributions to the university and community. . Supervisors are encouraged to nominate their outstanding student employees for Student Employee of the Year.
    • Student Supervisors play a key role in hiring, training, reviewing and modeling key skills and behaviors. These modeled skills and behaviors are meant to foster the development of skilled, competent student employees. Students are encouraged to nominate their outstanding supervisor for Supervisor of the Year.
    • One major activity of Student Employee Appreciation Week includes honoring all nominations and winners for the Student Employee and the Supervisor of the Year. The names of the winning student and supervisor will be forwarded to a competition through the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA).
  • Recognition ideas

    Recognition Ideas for Student Employees

    In 2021, most of us, will be celebrating virtually. Let's get creative!
    Here are some ideas:
    • Treat day - full-time staff bring in treats for student employees.
    • Take pictures - post student employee pictures and list what wonderful things they do for your department.
    • Send a special "thank you" letter to your student employees to show your appreciation.
    • Coupon booklets - insert coupons for a free snack, movie night at the boss' house, one dozen home-baked goodies, etc. Be creative in designing your own coupons.
    • Notes home - send a note to the families of your student employees. Let them know what the student does, how their work impacts your department, and how terrific the student is.
    • Buy blank certificates and make up silly awards for students.
    • Office party - celebrate with food and great conversation.
    • Friendship plants - take cuttings from a plant in the office and give to each student as a live connection to the office.
    • Pat on the back - draw an outline of your hand on a piece of paper and copy for each student. Write a note that tells the student why they deserve it.
    • Use this week as an opportunity to start an award recognition program. Look around the office for a white elephant item. Name the item for the award and make the first presentation of it during Student Employee Appreciation Week.
    • Make a banner to hang for the whole week in your office.
    • Decorate an office bulletin board or the office door for the week in recognition of your students.
    • Good Egg Award - buy plastic Easter eggs, fill them with goodies and give out with "good egg" certificates. List what the student did to deserve the award.
    • Care package with cookies and treats.
    • Evaluate your student employee's performance and give them feedback.
    • Buy a pizza for your students or have a potluck. gather gift certificates from local vendors.
    • An award ceremony for your student staff.
    • Consider setting up the Career Readiness Workshop for your Student Employees  : . It will help them identify their transferable skills, enable clearer communication with prospective employers, and promoting professionalism. 
  • 2021 winners and nominees

    Student Employee Appreciation 2021

    Congratulations to our 2021 Winners

     Student Employee of the Year (Graduate Student):  Isaac Hughes, University Recreation 
    Isaac Hughes, Graduate Student Employee of the Year
    Student Employee of the Year (Undergraduate):  Flor Santana, Housing and Residence Life
    Flor Santana, Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year
    Supervisor of the Year:   Norm Risk, College of Aviation
    Norm Risk, Student Supervisor of the Year
    Facility Helpers and Supervisor
    Facility Helpers, or "Normies," and supervisor (from left to right): Garrett Williams, Mitchell Hopkins, Will Conroy, Ryan Horvath, and supervisor, Norm Risk. The plywood W in the background is a team building thing the teams made a number of years ago and has the handprint, signature, and date of all past and present College of Aviation Facility helpers since Norm's arrival in Battle Creek in the year 2013.

    Thank You Judges!

    Stacie Ballard, Program Manager Peer2Peer, Office of Student Transitions
    Matthew Bracey, Bachelor of Arts, BA:Film, Video, & Media St.; Fall Welcome Coordinator, Office of Student Transitions
    Dr. Toni Woolfork-Barnes, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 

    Student Employee Appreciation Week

    Student and supervisor of the year nominees.  Please know how fortunate Western Michigan University is to have your support and commitment through your campus jobs and academic pursuits.  We have all experienced a year like no other.  However, through your adaptability, initiative, and exceptional work ethic you were instrumental in the success of your department and the universities mission.  Much gratitude and admiration.  Go Broncos!

    Our judges had a daunting task choosing the student and supervisor of the year.  So many outstanding nominees!  

    Appreciation Quotes/Videos

    "Flor's consummate professionalism on the phone and through email has kept many a parent satisfied and appreciative that their students are in good hands. She never lets anything get to her, regardless of how someone treats her in person or on the phone. Flor is filled with confidence and uses her expert judgement to best help and support anyone that comes into or calls the office... (she) has high expectations of herself and lives up to that through her expert note taking and engaging customer service skills." - Jim Herman, Residence Life

    Video of Lisa Garcia celebrates student employees at Bronco Connect

    "At DSS we are grateful to be able to employ Student Staff to keep our office running. Our Student Staff work with a diverse range of students and are asked to problem solve and communicate in nonstandard situations often. Working with students as they build skills for future employment is enlightening for professional staff and allows for the student voice to be included in building office processes and practices. DSS would not be able to run effectively if we didn't have the support of our student employees." - Disability Student Services


    Video of Mike Berdowski praising the work of Student Employee of the Year Nominee, Collin Schmidt

     "Amanda (Swope) has been with our team for about six years...worked so hard and shown such dedication that she is now our Student lead. Amanda...coordinate(s) scheduling and any shifts that need covering to ensure our Switchboard is staffed properly...Her work ethic is amazing...I’ve personally heard her console a customer, a parent calling concerned about her student, and giving someone step by step directions to a location on campus. All of these qualities make Amanda an exceptional employee." - Missy Bininger, Office of Information Technology

    Video of Student Recreation Center, Mike Berdowski commends student employees

     "...Norm (Risk) has helped tremendously in allowing a work-school balance that has allowed me to succeed academically and (he) has always supported me during the difficulties and challenges while attending WMU… Norm is an excellent mentor in many areas…He has taught me to think outside the box when looking for answers and solutions to complex issues that I will be able to apply to a multitude of problems that may arise… He has mentored and shaped my work ethic and skills into something I will be able to use throughout my career and life that will help me succeed.” - Ryan Horvath, student employee in College of Aviation


    Video of Paper Technology staff thank Student Employee of the Year nominee, Lauren

    Nominees 2021

    Student Employee Nominees 2021
    Tucker Albertson
    Ireland Armintrout
    Leslie Barajas
    Leandro Bautista
    Sabrina Bazile
    Kayleigh Binder
    Corrionna Boston
    Rachael Brewer
    Michael Coldagelli
    Joshua Conrad
    Jacob Converse
    Kylie Courtney
    Kenny Crowder
    Lauren Cuddeback
    Destinee Davis-Pringle
    Mitchell DeNolf
    Hannah Douglas
    Luci Evans
    Molly Farrell
    Ashleigh Garcia
    Alaina Gork
    Samantha Henige
    Isaac Hughes
    Nathan Jaynes
    Lindsey King
    Melissa King
    Makenzie Kuhns
    Steven Learman
    Sydney Leatherberry
    Joo Ning (June) Lim
    Victoria Loikits
    Abigail Macchiarolo
    Marcus Major
    Dylan Mardoian
    Katelyn McComb
    Madeline Mulasrski
    Djessy Mutombo
    Austin Owen
    Harrison Payne
    Monzerrat Perez
    Kyle Petronio
    Noah Pigza
    Hanna Powless
    Brian Priestley
    Eva Ramirez
    Angeline  Angie Riedel
    Jailen Rutledge
    Ivan Salazar
    Florneirys (Flor) Santana
    Collin Schmidt
    Brooke Semler
    Archana Shrestha
    Emma Smith
    Morgan Smith
    Elizabeth Styblo
    Amanda Swope
    Annalea Targosz
    Alec Thurber
    Olivia Tunison
    Dylan Weber
    Emma Wiest
    Matthew Wietstock
    Kate Williams
    William Wright
    Zhencong (Zack) Zhuo 
    Student Employee Supervisor Nominees 2021
    Zari Carpenter, Student Success Services
    Emily Johnson, Student Success Services
    Norm Risk, College of Aviation