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Brookdale Student Workers, Supervisors Win Awards
Christina Brendt and Marie Maber stand with balloons, flowers and a certificate of recognition in the Student Life Center.

From the bookstore to the Writing Center, from the CVA Gallery to each of the college’s Higher Education Centers, student workers have a hand in nearly everything that happens at Brookdale.

This semester alone, according to Career and Leadership Development director Sarah McElroy, nearly 200 students worked more than 119,000 hours at the college and in the community, serving fellow students and local residents while earning money, tuition assistance and valuable career experience.

“It’s incredible,” said McElroy. “Our student workers are able to balance school and home obligations while simultaneously having a tremendous impact on the college community through their hard work and dedication. We are all very proud of their accomplishments.”

In recognition of those contributions, a number of student workers and their supervisors were honored on May 2 during the 2017 Student Worker Appreciation Luncheon, held in the Navesink Rooms of the Student Life Center.

2017 Supervisor Awards, selected from nominations submitted by Brookdale student workers, went to events management specialist Nilufer Onder and recruitment representative Kristin Worthley. 

The 2017 Supervisor of the Year Award was presented to Catherine Cutlip, student development associate for Brookdale’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program and coordinator of the EOF program’s Rising Leaders Academy

“I’m very surprised, and I’m very happy,” said Cutlip. “My favorite part of my work is helping students take action, and it’s very special to be recognized by them today for my own actions.”

Natalie Damien (center) stands with her Reading Center coworkers during the 2017 Student Worker Appreciation Luncheon on May 2.

Natalie Damien (center) stands with her Reading Center coworkers during the 2017 Student Worker Appreciation Luncheon on May 2.

2017 Student Worker Awards, selected from nominations by college supervisors, were presented to Brahyan Quintero, Office of Information TechnologyRishika Khosla, The Writing Center; and Varun Medidi, Student Life Ambassador

And, with an all-time record of more than eight nominations each, the 2017 Student Worker of the Year Awards went to Christina Berndt, CVA Gallery; and Natalie Damien, The Reading Center

“I love the work I do, and I’m a very humble person, but it’s nice to know that I’ve made an impact,” said Berndt, who was hired as the CVA Gallery’s first ever gallery assistant when she began working in Fall 2015. “I’ve just tried to get students more involved in the gallery, in whatever way I can. I want to make it fun. And the people I work with make that so much easier.”

For Damien, who has worked in the Reading Center since first enrolling in Brookdale four years ago, the award was a bittersweet reminder that her time as a student worker is coming to an end.

“I love everyone I work with. The Reading Center is the reason I became who I am today,” said Damien, a graduate of Brookdale’s culinary arts program and soon-to-be graduate of the pastry arts program.

“When I started I was so shy. But, in the Reading Center, you’re really the first thing a student sees when they walk in. You have to reach out to people and help them. Now, because of everyone I’ve worked with these last few years, I’m more outgoing and confident than I’ve ever been. I can’t thank them enough.”

In addition to the awards, all Brookdale student workers from across the college were invited to the luncheon to dine on free food, mingle with colleagues and enter a number of prize raffles throughout the afternoon. The program was sponsored by Career and Leadership Development and the Office of Student Life and Activities.

Learn more about career and internship opportunities by visiting Brookdale’s Career and Leadership Development webpage

Check out more photos of the Student Worker Appreciation Luncheon here