Volume 2, Issue 13 January 2011
2011 Lamar University Student Employee of the Year Eligible students are undergraduates and graduate students employed on campus. Eligible Terms of Employment Students must have been employed for a minimum of 3 months. Selection Criteria Students will be evaluated on the following, equally-weighted qualities: • Reliability • Quality of Work • Initiative • Attitude • Professionalism • Uniqueness of Contribution • On and Off student organizations
Meet the Staff of the
Student Employment Center
Number of Selections Each supervisor may submit one nominee. Departments may have one or more nominees. Please submit the Nomination Form and Nomination Letter. Mulitiple persons can sign the nominees letter of submission.
Important dates to remember: Ceremony and Reception: March 16 , 2011 Mary and John Gray Library, 8th Floor 2 pm Email (preferred method), mail or fax materials by Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org Awards AM •There will be acknowledgements for 1st and 2nd runner up O •The LU campus recipient will receive a certificate and LU Barnes and Nobles Bookstore giftH card W *The LU campus winner nomination will be sent to Regionals for further acknowledgement Top three winners will receive a plaque to display in the department All supervisors and nominees will be acknowledged at the ceremony
NOMINATIONS DUE: FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Welcome to the Student Employment Center, How may we help you?
The Student Employment Center officially opened its doors June 2010. We were so pleased of the outcomes that have developed since that time. One new program such as, Orientation, helps students understand making the connection between their work and their personal and professional development. Orientations are for new student employees and current employees once a month. The staff at the Student Employment Center helps every student who comes in with questions about searching for a job, Cardinal Connect, and even resume writing. The Center could not run without our student employees. Ashley Branch, Isis Carrier and Paige Prince are very vital to the Student Employment Center and they are here to help our students. They are very excited for the new year to begin that they named themselves the “Dream Team.” They feel that they are here to help and they want to do anything they can to provide guidence for the students. Ashley states that “What makes me really excited about being able to help students is the fact that I know what it feels like to be in their shoes; looking for a convenient on campus job, and just needing someone to walk you through the process, I’m happy that I can be that person now. I’m also thrilled about being instrumental in the resume writing and critiquing process, that’s such a huge responsibility and I don’t take it lightly, I’m excited about the training I’ve received, and that I can pass that information on to someone else that will help them better themselves in their career pursuits!” Isis explains that “With nursing being my major, I believe that working here builds my professionalism every day. With the medical field getting more competitive each and every day, I feel like I’m being trained right now to know what exactly to expect.” Ashley says that “I’m a Social Work Major...and simply put; Social Work is about helping people get to the next step in their life, this position is all about helping people, students in particular, move on to the next stage of their lives and it’s an awesome feeling.”
(Ashley Branch, Paige Prince, Isis Carrier)
Paige is a “Business Finance and Advertising [and] the professional environment and all skills needed and acquired for this job ties into my major (how to conduct myself and my business in the business world). Skills such as customer service, promotions, public speaking, advertising, assisting, coordinating, organizing events, and so much more. And with that I learn what those skills intake/how to do them efficiently/improve them. This is a good asset to use throughout the busiTo Create a ness world.”
When asked how they handle academics with an on campus job Isis says that “working on campus completely helps me out with my academics. Not only do my employers allow us study opportunity on our down time but it’s close to my actual • PlusClick on of my schedule around my classes which helps my attendance. the flexibility classes is even better.” Ashley adds “the professional staff is still sensitive to the fact that we are students and they are concerned about our academic success as well. Not only that, but working with peers that are also students here at Lamar, provides extra support. Everyone wants everyone to succeed; we’re a little family because we can really relate to one another on so many levels.”
Paige agrees and says “working on campus gives me support and encouragement because the job understands that I am a student and what it is like being a student (because they were or are students themselves). With that being said they know the duties and responsibilities that I come across and are very helpful. It’s not pressure just to do your job, they want you succeed as a student as well as an employee.” With the new year beginning and new opportunities ahead “The Dream Team” is very motivated and ready to guide students the right way to professional development. Paige expresses that she wants to see “people trying to better themselves and doing something/seeking knowledge makes me excited to help. I hope to help by giving useful information that can help students not only now but for the future, any advice or tips regarding the information in question.”
A thank you goes along way....
Recognition doesn’t have to be a complicated process. It can start with a simple and sincere “thank you." Many employees value a genuine “thank you” at the right moment more than other forms of recognition that take place months later. As William James once said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” Employee recognition is also about acknowledging their accomplishments publicly, within the team or company, so that other employees and the management are aware of their results. Both individual and group recognition are just as valuable in recognizing accomplishments and encouraging certain desired behaviors. The examples below will help managers get started. • Say “thank you” in person, over the phone, or by sending a personalized handwritten note (depending on any location restrictions). • Mention individual achievements during regular team meetings or conference calls, or when dealing with virtual teams, send an email to the entire team outlining the employee’s achievements. Recognizing employees’ work is an integral part of building team motivation and cohesiveness. It is also one of the best ways a manager can focus on performance management. Many managers are trained to look for errors and mistakes, in order to be able to identify potential bigger issues and deal with them effectively. It is easy then to forget to take the time to also acknowledge successes and things done well.
February 8, 2011 University of Houston 10:00am-3:00pm
February 15, 2011 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. John and Mary Gray Library 8th Floor
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Published on Jan 20, 2011