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Student Employee of the Year announced

Mon, 04/21/2014

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.

To learn more about the award, email seoty@ku.edu or visit career.ku.edu/seoty.



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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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