Jamie Bennett, Springwater, a baccalaureate-level digital media and animation major at Alfred State College, has been named the 2008-09 Alfred State College Student Employee of the Year. Bennett works in the Student Financial Services Office and was nominated by her supervisor, Martha McGee, assistant director for that office.
Students are nominated on the basis of reliability, initiative, quality of work, disposition, and contribution to employer.
In the nomination for the award, Bennett was characterized as a reliable worker with a well-developed work ethic. She is a self-starter who recognizes what needs to be done and does it without fanfare or prompting. Additionally, it was noted that Bennett serves as a peer assistant, helping students and their families traverse the electronic processes involved in applying for financial assistance. In fact, McGee notes, Bennett seems more like a professional colleague than student employee. More than all her professional skills, however, McGee noted that Bennett is prized for her wonderful personality.
Other nominees included
Megan O'Donnell, Cortland, human services, was nominated by Lisa Coombs, secretary in the English/Math Department for her accurate work skills, reliability, and friendly nature.
Katherine Clark, Alfred Station, business management, who served as an office assistant in the Learning Center, was nominated by her supervisors Janette Thomas and Christine Drum for the quality of her work, breadth of her knowledge, and work ethic, always taking the initiative to seek out ways to aid the department. It was also noted that she possesses a pleasant demeanor and professional attitude.
Crystal Medina, Bronx, employed by Health Services, was nominated by her supervisor, Judi Grant, director, Health Services. A senior in ASC's baccalaureate-level architectural technology program, Medina has served in Health Services for the past four years where she spends the majority of her time on computer issues, including teaching the regular staffers how to use them more efficiently. She is a trusted employee who maintains patient confidentiality and who deals with patients professionally when she greets them at the window. It was also noted that Medina has an infectious giggle and a pleasant personality.
Ryan Jenerson, Rochester, liberal arts and sciences: social science was nominated for his work in the Office of Student Activities and Orientation where he serves as lead house manager. Jenerson was cited for his dedication, energy, and motivation in planning events for his fellow students.
A reception honoring the nominees was held during the spring semester, where Deborah Goodrich, associate vice president, Enrollment Management, presented certificates to the students.