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National Student Employee Appreciation Week

National Student Employee Appreciation Week: April 12–18, 2015

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) designates one week each year for universities and colleges across the country to recognize the substantial contributions of students who work on campus.

Here at UT Austin, over 10,000 students are employed by the university, playing a key role in our educational, research, and operational excellence. Student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. At the same time, they develop important skills and experience.

The Division of Student Affairs partners with Human Resources in sponsoring National Student Employee Appreciation Week activities. In addition, all schools, colleges, and departments in the university are encouraged to take the opportunity during National Student Employee Appreciation Week, and throughout the year, to thank their student employees and let them know that their efforts are valued. Please download our tips on ways to recognize your student employees [PDF]. A template for a Certificate of Appreciation [PDF] is also available for your use.

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

A highlight of National Student Employee Appreciation Week is the culmination of the annual competition for the President’s Student Employee of the Year Award. The award is sponsored by the Office of the President, in conjunction with the President’s Staff Awards. In addition, the winner, finalists, and nominees for the award are celebrated at an event sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

2013-2014 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award

Photo of Lauren 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.


photo of finalists

2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year Finalists, pictured with Dr. Gage Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs.
From left to right: Dr. Paine, Ana Karen Sanchez, Xiaomin Xue, Shereen Ahmad, Stormie Wilfong, David Toro, Lauren Fedele, Marc Segal, James Pinotti, Coleman Tharpe, David Giang, Navit Jaimes

In addition, the following 10 students were selected as Finalists in the 2013-2014 competition:

Download the complete list of 2013-2014 nominees [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, was selected 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 [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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