KU names first Student Employee of the Year

LAWRENCE — Adam R. Smith, a senior from Kansas City, Kan., was named the 2011-2012 University of Kansas Student Employee of the Year.

As the inaugural Student Employee of the Year, Smith, employed by the University Advising Center, was presented with an engraved plaque and a $500 check.

A ceremony held April 11 in the Kansas Union announced the five student employee finalists and honored 40 other students who were nominated by their employers from departments across campus. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Student Body President Libby Johnson spoke during the ceremony about the importance of student employees at KU and their own experiences as student employees.

“Our campus couldn’t run without the support our students provide in various positions,” said Gray-Little, “But more important than benefiting the university, student employment benefits the individual student. I know first-hand how important a campus job can be to student because a long time ago, I was that student with a campus job.”

In addition to becoming KU’s first Student Employee of the Year, Smith was also awarded the 2012 State of Kansas Student Employee of the Year Award and will be considered for the regional and national competitions.

Nominees for Student Employment of the Year were evaluated in six areas: reliability, quality of work, initiative, attitude, professionalism and uniqueness of their contributions.

Other finalists for the 2011-2012 Student Employee of the Year Award:

  • Linsee Addington, second-year pharmacy student, St. Joseph, Mo., Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the School of Pharmacy
  • Cassandra R. Gentry, graduate student, Kansas City, Kan., The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
  • Zack Johnson, senior, Lawrence, Department of Applied Behavioral Science
  • Christy Khamphilay, sophomore, Shawnee, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

This annual program is sponsored by the KU University Career Center. If you are interested in learning more about the award or have any questions about the program, email seoty@ku.edu or visit kucareerhawk.com/seoty.