LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has honored its Student Employee of the Year for the 2013-14 academic year.
Emily Grigone, an employee at the Office of Study Abroad and a senior in visual communication design, received an engraved plaque and the $500 award at an April 15 event in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
Finalists for the award:
- Robert Healey, Student Housing, senior in acoustical engineering
- Casey Miles, Lied Center, journalism graduate and current student in computer engineering
- Bailey Spickler of Continuing Education Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, sophomore in mechanical engineering
- Anna Tatarko of the Institute for Policy & Social Research, a senior in environmental studies and Spanish
Each of the five finalists received a brass Jayhawk and was called to the stage with their nominating supervisor, who spoke to the audience about the student's contribution to their department and why the student was nominated.
All 43 nominees for the award were called to the stage and received a Jayhawk pin and certificate of recognition.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jeffrey S. Vitter spoke during the ceremony about the importance of student employees at KU and their own experiences as student employees.
In addition to becoming KU’s Student Employee of the Year, Grigone also was awarded the State of Kansas Student Employee of the Year Award for 2014 and will receive a certificate and check for $75. The State of Kansas Student Employee of the Year Award program is administered by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators.
The Student Employee of the Year award honors degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled at KU. This award was established to recognize student employees who embody service excellence, dedication and whose academic achievements remain stellar. The student can be in an undergraduate or graduate program and must have been employed by the department for a minimum of four months and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.