Outstanding student employees selected

May 20, 2013

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Outstanding Student Employee Award recipients

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — For University of Wisconsin-Platteville students, learning can take on various forms throughout their academic career. In addition to gaining knowledge in the classroom, many students take on the added responsibility of working on campus.

To recognize their dedication to improving the lives of others, both on and off campus, five students were honored with the Outstanding Student Employee Award. Each recipient earned a $200 prize, courtesy of the UW-Platteville Foundation.

• Joe Kluever is a tutor and writing partner in the Writing Center. He has worked as a tutor for four semesters and was a writing partner for two semesters.

Morgan Spitzer, Writing Center coordinator, nominated Kluever for the award. “During the course of his academic career, Joe has held demanding positions in the Writing Center as a tutor and writing partner; in the College of Liberal Arts and Education Dean’s Office as an office assistant; and at a job near his hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa, where he worked as a hospital security officer,” said Spitzer. “Joe has held several responsible positions in many organizations on campus, including Student Senate and Student Ambassadors, but he has never failed to excel, not only in his main capacity as a tutor, but in workplace communication, leadership and creativity, and overall dedication to advancing the Writing Center mission.”

Kluever was recently elected as president of the UW-Platteville Student Senate.

• Chelsea Reilly, a third-year graduate student from Platteville, Wis., worked as a summer office assistant in 2012 in the Career Center. She has also been serving as a graduate assistant in the Patricia A. Doyle Women’s Center for two years.

Reilly was nominated by Diana Trendt, Career Center director. “Chelsea’s outstanding contributions to the workplace are incredibly valiant when you consider the fact that she is visually challenged,” said Trendt. “Chelsea’s top contribution to the Career Center workplace was her ‘can do’ attitude and how she did not allow any of us to complete the work for her or treat her any different than we would any other student because of her use of alternative techniques to do efficiently those things we complete daily with sight/normal vision in the office.”

• Joshua Hess, a senior from Rewey, Wis., works as a Student Academic Success presenter, student office assistant in the First Year Experience office, Introduction to College Life student assistant and a SUCCEED peer mentor.

Amy Nemmetz, FYE director, nominated Hess for the award. “Even though Josh’s pre-med class schedule is enough to keep most students out of the campus workforce every semester, Josh could probably win the prize for the ‘most student work authorizations,’ in the Human Resources Office,” she said. “Simply stated, he opts to work in multiple roles on campus.”

• Hillary Bark, a senior from Seneca, Wis., has been working as a media specialist in the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture for two years. She recently graduated.

Kathy Alcott and Robin Allendorf, Bark’s supervisors, nominated her for the award. “Hillary takes on any project offered to her with zeal and enthusiasm and puts 100 percent into everything she does,” said Alcott and Allendorf in the nomination letter.

Bark was named one of six honorees of the Chancellor’s Medallion earlier this semester.

• Kyle Klocke, a third-year student from Lancaster, Wis., has worked for four semesters as a Student Support Services tutor.

Steven Anderson, tutor coordinator, nominated Klocke for the award. “Kyle is a terrific tutor,” said Anderson. “He tutors students in courses ranging from lower level mathematics to 3620 financial management. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the subject and uses his ability to help our students.”

Students can learn about on-campus employment opportunities by contacting the Financial Aid office.

Contact: Holly Maurer, financial aid counselor and student employment coordinator, (608) 342-1836, maurerh@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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