Brookdale students and advisors were recognized for their hard work and contributions to the campus community during the 2016 Student Worker Celebration, held in the Student Life Center on April 14. The event, hosted by the office of Career and Leadership Development, featured an array of activities including awards, raffles and a complimentary lunch.
Sarah McElroy, director of Career and Leadership Development, began by highlighting the honorees’ countless hours of dedication throughout the 2015-16 school year. All told, Brookdale’s nearly 260 student workers contributed 384,000 hours of work on campus and at community agencies since the start of the fall semester.
David Stout, Brookdale’s vice president of student success, personally thanked the student workers for their efforts and explained why they are an important asset to the college community.
“If it weren’t for you, our offices wouldn’t function properly,” Stout said. “Student workers are able to help mentor fellow students in ways that staff cannot.”
The first award distributed was for Supervisor of the Year, which went to Kelli Sanders from Conference and Facility Services.
Brookdale student Kevin Przystawski, who nominated Sanders for award, was on hand to say a few words about his former advisor.
“I don’t know anyone who takes their work more seriously than Kelli,” Przystawski said. “Even on her days off, she is still emailing and calling into the office. She is the first one here in the morning and usually the last one to leave. I have learned a lot working with her.”
Runner-up honors for Supervisor of the Year went to Thomas Riley from the chemistry department and Reve Anderko from Recruitment Services.
The next award was for Student Worker of the Year, which went to Stephanie Puthumana from the chemistry department and Selasi Mensah from the Writing Center.
Runner-up honors went to Andre Carvalho from EOF Rising Leader, Victor De Los Santos from Student Life and Activities and Christina Fontana from Recruitment Services Student Ambassadors.
The Student Worker Celebration, initiated in 2010, has grown into a college-wide recognition ceremony for all of Brookdale’s student workers, both on campus and in the community.
“It is an important celebration to have on campus, so that we can honor the hard work and dedication to Brookdale that our student workers show every semester,” McElroy.
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– Article by Mikaela Mazzeo, college relations intern