Student Employee Appreciation Week

Celebrate Student Staff - week of february 18, 2019


  • Career and Student Employment Services hosts the annual Student Employee Appreciation Week celebration in February. The week is dedicated to student employees and is a time to recognize all the hard work and contributions that they make to Western Michigan University and the greater community.  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, nominate your 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 that foster the development of skilled, competent student employees. Students, nominate your outstanding supervisor for Supervisor of the Year.
  • The 2019 Student Employee Appreciation Week was February 18-22. One major activity of Student Employee Appreciation Week included honoring all nominations and presenting awards to the Student Employee of the Year and the Supervisor of the Year during a reception. The winning student and supervisor's nominations were forwarded to a national competition.  

Student Employee Nominees 2019

Miriam Alarcon
David Alessandrini
Alexander Amiri
Brian Austin-Young
Baylee Bancroft
Ethan Barnett
Edward Becker
Nicholas Bennett
Jake Butler
Lindsey Bzura
Cristal Cardoso Sao Mateus
Margarita Carrillo
Erika Childress
Kennedi Cummings
Kyle Dejohn
Crystal DeRoo
Mikhayla Dunaj
Taylor Dunn
Ceara Easley
Katie Elms
Bethany Flores
Colin Foster
Emma France
Jefry Garcia Bernabe
Jessica Graber
Austin Harper
Emily Hause
Mariam Husain
Cori Ivens
Taylor Jackson
Zoe Jackson
Emily Johnson
Danielle Kalleward
Kyle Kenny
Sarah Koehler
Danielle Kropveld
Jacob Lockwood
David Lont
John McNeal
Kori Mecklenburg
Hannah Mitchell
Marcus Moore
Joseph Mosca
Renae Mroczek
James Mulhall
Elizabeth Neuerburg
Lauren Nowakowski
Kelly Powers
Hal Pratley
Ethan Pressl
Madeline Reeves
Greg Reilly
Andrew Robinson
Sarina Routowicz
Kathleen Ryan
Charlie Schafer
Olyvia Shimko
Tejas Shinde
Anna Sitar
Rachel Smuda
Annie Targosz
Elizabeth Taylor
Trevor Thelen
Taieshia Tindall
Vanessa Vernier
Zachary Wagner
Haiden Warmuskerken
William Westrick
Reid Williams
I’Yanna Wilson
Emma Wineman
Devin Winkler
Kaylan Wright
Julio Zuarth-Gonzalez

Student Employee Supervisor Nominees 2019

Michael Berdowski
Dan Brimmer
Haylee Knowles
Daniel Pomeroy
Jennifer Townsend
Christopher Voss

Congratulations to our 2019 winners

Student Employee of the Year: Ceara Easley, TRIO

Photo of WMU Trio Staff Members

Supervisor of the Year: Michael Berdowski, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, University Recreation.

Mike has also been chosen by MASEA as Student Supervisor of the Year for the State of Michigan.

Photo of Supervisor of the Year Winner


  • 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.
  • Bookstore gift certificates are always a nice treat for students.
  • 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.