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2011 National Student Employee of the Year named

Lamar University officials recognized ten outstanding student employees at the 2011 National Student Employee of the Year award ceremony on March 16. This is the third year the university has presented the award which is sponsored nationwide by the National Student Employee Association and is recognized by universities across the country.

The winner of the 2011 National Student Employee of the Year award went to Bethany Aiena, nominated from the office of the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Along with a $500 gift card to the university bookstore, she received a certificate and her name on the National Student Employee of the Year plaque. The plaque will be displayed in the department she was nominated from for one year in recognition of her achievement. She will now be eligible for the national competition to compete with other award winners across the country.

The student nominations were submitted by each student’s campus supervisor based on qualities such as uniqueness, performance, contributions to the department and merits for being an outstanding student. All student employees who have held their position for at least three months were eligible for nomination. The 2011 nominees also included Chelsea McLemore, Daisy Rocha, Jasmine Farrish, Jessica Gillispie, Joshua Ware, Logan Denton, Matthew Fielder, Milind Ranade and Nicki Klima.

“I totally didn’t expect this!” Aiena said. “The past four years here have been fabulous and I couldn’t have asked for a better job.”

Logan Denton was recognized as first runner-up earning a $250 gift card to the university bookstore. Second runner-up was awarded to Chelsea McLemore, along with a $100 gift card. All student nominees received certificates of achievement and were also awarded $25 gift cards in appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

Julie Candy-Johnson, a career consultant at the LU Career and Testing Center, coordinated the event to honor these outstanding students.

“I feel very passionate about this award, especially because I am a former student worker. I now know just how important it is to learn those valuable skills and I can look back now and acknowledge that,” Candy-Johnson said.

For more information contact the Lamar University Career and Testing Center at (409) 880-8878.