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President’s Student Employee of the Year Award

The President's Student Employee of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding student employee who has made a unique contribution to the university and has demonstrated exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative, and professionalism.

The competition is supported by the Office of the President and by donations to the University Operations Student Employee Recognition Program fund. Donations in any amount are welcome!

The winner receives a certificate and an award of $500. In addition, the UT Austin winner is entered in the regional competition sponsored by the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators. The winner of that competition receives a $1,000 award and is entered in the National Student Employment Association competition, which also offers a $1,000 award.

All nominees are recognized at an event sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs during National Student Employee Appreciation Week in April. The recipient of the President’s Student Employee of the Year Award also is recognized at the President’s Staff Awards event in May.

Photo of Coleman Tharpe

2014-2015 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award

We are pleased to recognize Coleman A. Tharpe (pictured on left) as the recipient of the 2014-2015 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award. Coleman was honored for his work as a Senior Student Associate for the Webber Energy Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering. Please take a moment to view the video about Coleman produced by the Division of Student Affairs.

In a first for UT Austin, Coleman also was selected as the recipient of both the 2015 National Student Employee of the Year Award, presented by the National Student Employment Association, and the 2015 SASEA Student Employee of the Year Award, presented by the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators. Congratulations, Coleman!


2014-2015 Finalists for the President’s Student Employee of the Year Award. Left to right: Amy Wu, Abby Haywood, Erika Hernandez, Sana Vawda, Megan Johnson, Kristen Cetin, Matthew Halvorson, Elizabeth Garcia 2014-2015 Finalists for the President’s Student Employee of the Year Award. Left to right: Amy Wu, Abby Haywood, Erika Hernandez, Sana Vawda, Megan Johnson, Kristen Cetin, Matthew Halvorson, Elizabeth Garcia

We also congratulate the following 10 students who were selected as Finalists in the 2014-2015 competition for the President’s Student Employee of the Year Award:

  • Kristen Cetin — Longhorn Lights Out Program, Facilities Services
  • Elizabeth Garcia — Department of Kinesiology & Health Education, College of Education
  • Matthew Halvorson — University Health Services
  • Abby Haywood — Intramural Sports Program, Division of Recreational Sports
  • Erika Hernandez — Division of Housing & Food Service
  • Megan Johnson — Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, Red McCombs School of Business
  • Elizabeth Speasmaker — University Development Office
  • Sana Vawda — Customer Support Services, Information Technology Services
  • Jaclyn Watters — Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences
  • Amy Wu — Texas Performing Arts, College of Fine Arts

Download the complete list of 2014-2015 nominees [PDF]

2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year Award

Photo of Lauren A. Fedele

Lauren A. Fedele (pictured on left), Student Associate in Facilities Services and Tailgate Recycling Coordinator for the Campus Environmental Center, was selected as The University of Texas at Austin’s 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year.

• Please take a moment to view the video about Lauren produced by the Division of Student Affairs.

• Download the complete list of 2013-2014 nominees and finalists [PDF]


2012-2013 Student Employee of the Year Award

Photo of Kevin J. Luecke

Kevin J. Luecke (pictured on left), Undergraduate Research Assistant in the College of Natural Sciences, Department of Astronomy - McDonald Observatory, as The University of Texas at Austin’s 2012-2013 Student Employee of the Year.

• Please take a moment to view the video about Kevin produced by the Division of Student Affairs.

• Download the complete list of 2012-2013 nominees and finalists [PDF]


2011-2012 Student Employee of the Year Award

Photo of Bianca Wugofski

Bianca Wugofski (pictured on left), Student Associate at Texas Performing Arts, was selected as The University of Texas at Austin’s 2011-2012 Student Employee of the Year.

• View the Division of Student Affairs’ video interview with Bianca, filmed at the 2012 Student Employee Recognition event

• Download the complete list of 2011-2012 nominees and finalists [PDF]


2010-2011 Student Employee of the Year Award

photo of Brandon Okafor

On April 4, 2011, Brandon Okafor (pictured on left), Student Associate in the Jackson School of Geosciences, was presented The University of Texas at Austin’s first Student Employee of the Year Award.

• Download the complete list of 2010-2011 nominees and finalists [PDF]

 

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