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Vice President for Student Services
Employee of the Year Awards
The Student Services Awards Committee will select a recipient from each category (Administrative/ASP, Civil Service, and Student Employee) as the Employee of the Year. Candidates will be chosen from the Employee of the Month winners for the year.
Employee of the Year Award Winners
Administrative Employee of the Year - Justine Johnson, Financial Aid
Mr. Bushaw has been in Financial Aid for over 20 years. Recently, the student lender market was in deep crisis, which required the office to completely restructure the student loan system. Bill was able to do this with professionalism. Bill takes a very proactive role with students and his staff with regard to customer service. Bill sits in the hallway during the first two weeks of school each semester and counsels students so the staff can continue to process paperwork in a timely manner. He is constantly searching for more efficient ways to communicate to students and families. He is also environmentally-conscious. One of his goals is to reduce paper usage and waste in the office. Mr. Bushaw strives to enhance the quality of the student services provided at Western.?
Civil Service Employee of the Month - Lynn Bryant, VPSS Office
Tara's nominators say that she is always willing to take on any task that they throw at her. She has taken on the task of being in charge of the Division's laptop/projector check out with excitement and no complaints. She has recently taken on the task of hiring a new student assistant. She also provides administrative support to the awards committee. Tara's nominators state that Tara always steps up and takes over the tasks given to her with an eagerness and smile, and never with a complaint. Tara is truly a team player and the office would not be the same without her pleasant personality and cheerfulness.
Graduate Assistant of the Year - Jennifer Sanders, Campus Recreation
Courtney's nominators say that she has brought innovative and creative new ideas to the special event programming this year. She has introduced Big Blue Ladder Golf with all funds raised donated to a charity to fight Prostate Cancer. Courtney has had continued success within her professional association, the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association. This year, Courtney was a recipient of the William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Award. In addition to the Wasson Award, Courtney has been named an IIRSA Scholarship winner for the second year in a row. Courtney is very passionate about student development, student leadership, and has a bright future in Student Services.
Student Employee of the Year - Krystina Le, UHDS
Jeremy is a resident assistant in Thompson Hall and was the chairperson for the 8th annual Big Pink Volleyball. Jeremy was the only student back from the 2007 Big Pink committee and accepted the chair of this philanthropic event. He did a fantastic job of organizing meetings, using the committee structure and holding each committee member to their role. Jeremy was a role model for the group and pulled the committee together. For the first time, Big Pink topped 1,000 participants. Jeremy is also an active member of National Residence Hall Honorary.