WMU News

WMU honors its 4,600 student employees

Feb. 6, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's more than 4,600 student employees will be honored Monday, Feb. 17, through Friday, Feb. 21, during the 17th annual Student Employee Appreciation Week.

Sponsored by Career & Student Employment Services, the week recognizes WMU's largest employee group for their accomplishments, hard work and contributions to the University. The theme for 2003, "100 Years of Student Employment," reflects the learning and personal growth that often result when students take jobs on campus.

WMU has almost twice as many student employees as full-time faculty and staff, says George Eskro, C&SES associate director for student development.

"These students are employed across the campus, sharing their talents and performing valuable services," Eskro says. "They're important members of the University community and are to be commended for the wonderful job they do. The work of the University could not get done without their efforts."

Student Employee Appreciation Week will feature the presentation of this year's awards for Student Employee of the Year and Supervisor of the Year. WMU will pay tribute to the 2003 award winners and nominees during a special reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Rooms 209 and 210 Bernhard Center.

Dr. Diane K. Swartz, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will serve as host for the event. Those invited include past award recipients and alumni; Dr. Daniel M. Litynski, interim president; Robert M. Beam, vice president for business and finance; and other WMU officials.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to thank their student workers in some way during appreciation week. Suggestions for doing so include bringing in treats for the students, posting their pictures and a list of their special contributions on bulletin boards, and sending complimentary notes about them to their families.

For more information about Student Employee Appreciation Week, contact Surangi Pradhan at (269) 387-2745 or <pradhans@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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