Student Employee of the Month

GVSU Student Employment Office is proud to recognize the amazing efforts of our student employees across campus. We believe that Grand Valley could not function without their incredible hard work and dedication. By highlighting a Student Employee of the Month, our goal is to recognize the student employees who go above and beyond in their area(s) of employment. These students have been nominated by a professional staff member within their hiring department and selected by a committee within the Student Employment Office. This program was initiated in September of 2021 and will honor one student employee per month. 

If you would like to nominate a student employee who works in your department, please complete the form at the following link.

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Please join us in congratulating our first Student Employee of the Month of 2022, Faith Kuipers! Faith is a senior at GVSU double majoring in Exercise Science and Allied Health Science. Faith is currently employed with the GVSU COVID Testing Team and says "I like how it has exposed me to more students that are outside of my major. I find it interesting to learn why people chose their major and what they are passionate about. I also like how flexible, organized, and caring the management team is." When asked about how her job has impacted her experience as a GVSU student, Faith said, "I think it has made my last year at GVSU more memorable. I get to work in one of the most iconic buildings on campus and reflect on the various memories I have made at GV during the last 3 years." Her advice to potential student employees is to "make a good impression at work because you could use your employer as a reference in the future. A strong reference can help open up additional opportunities for you whether that is graduate school or a job post-graduation." Thanks Faith!

"Faith is a dedicated and dependable. She is always willing to jump in to any position needed to make the testing sites successful. She anticipates the needs of testing sites and reacts accordingly. She is kind and informative to COVID testers. Faith is an asset to the COVID Testing Program." - Erika Van Dyke (Supervisor)

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For the month of December, we are highlighting Ashley Lothschutz, a student employee in the library on campus. Ashley is currently a senior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Spanish. When asked about her position, Ashley said "I like that each day in the library is a little bit different. There are a variety of tasks that need to be done and I've been able to work with amazing people for the past four years. Working at the library has given me a space where I am able to take a break from my classes and do something that I enjoy as well as build skills that I will be able to apply to my future career. Grand Valley's student employment options have something for everyone and I am grateful that I found my place at the library."

"Ashley is a rockstar resource of information for her staff and student colleagues. She always brings a positive attitude and energetic creativity to every type of task. Ashley volunteers and flexes her schedule to help train her colleagues. We greatly appreciate all the work Ashley's put in to prepare training materials for and help train our new staff this semester!" - Katie Alphenaar (Supervisor)

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November 2021 - Landon Nalepinski

This month we are celebrating Landon Nalepinski who works with Information Technology at the Blackboard Help Desk for the eLearning Team. Landon is a first year graduate student earning a Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation. Landon enjoys "being able to work with different faculty and staff members every day" and says "it is fun getting to speak with different people that often have a wide variety of issues that they need assistance with." When asked about how their role has impacted their experience at GVSU, Landon said "this position has been incredibly eye-opening for me as I am now seeing Blackboard from the instructor's perspective. I applaud the amount of work that faculty put into building their Blackboard courses in order to help their students be more interactive and successful during the semester." Landon's advice for prospective students is to "apply for any job that you think you might be interested in! Don't take the job too lightly but have fun with it; talk with your coworkers, get to know the full-time faculty/staff, and take the opportunity to learn new things or expand on your skills!"

"His work is phenomenal! Landon is very courteous, helpful, and speedy in his responses. He has set a high bar for what quality, courteous work looks like." -Barbara Stevens (supervisor)

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October 2021 - Olivia Gordon

Olivia is our second student employee at GVSU to win Student Employee of the Month. Olivia is currently a senior earning her degree in chemistry and environmental and sustainability studies. When asked about her role in the Movement Science Department Olivia said, "The things I enjoy most about my job are the relationships I've built with my peers and supervisors and the flexibility that the job provides when it comes to focusing on classwork. My job has impacted my experience at GV in lots of ways! I think the most important thing it's done for me is given me consistency and provided a space for me to be able to decompress without additional stressors." When asked about advice she would give to prospective student employees she said, "Just go for it! There are a ton of different job opportunities that are sure to fit your schedule and interests."

"Olivia has continuously displayed a strong work ethic and commitment to professional customer service, showing initiative and the ability to think critically across a number of tasks. Olivia is friendly and cheerful with everyone she services, whether it's faculty or students, in person or on the phone. She has a positive attitude and quickly responds to staff, faculty and student requests. We can always trust that work given to Olivia will be done independently and thoroughly. When we need creative flair, Olivia is our go-to person. She decorates our office and faculty doorways with each season. She has taken over maintaining our department billboards. Anything that needs organizing, Olivia will do it! She helped convert all of the department office records from hard-copy to electronic filing. There is really no way to capture her extraordinary performance as a Student Employee for Movement Science." - Andrea Vincent (Supervisor)

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September 2021 - Tommy Nate

Tommy Nate is our first Student Employee of the Month and is a junior at GVSU majoring in finance. When asked about his job Tommy said, "I very much enjoy my job, but most of all I enjoy the supportive work environment provided by all staff members at the SBDC (Small Business Development Center). My job has greatly impacted my experience at GVSU. It has allowed me to become more involved in different aspects of the college community while also providing opportunities to meet and connect with new people." When asked about advice he would give to students looking for employment he encouraged them "to explore all opportunities and to approach new jobs with an excited mindset. Don't be afraid of new chances to engage!"

"Tommy Nate has played an important role in launching many of the new Digital Transformation efforts at the Michigan SBDCs. He has been instrumental in supporting our new brand. He stepped into his role during the pandemic and quickly adjusted to remote work and a new team with a positive attitude and impressive work ethic. Tommy has helped our rebrand team successfully implement statewide orders for new brand materials, positively contributing to employee engagement and generating excitement around our new brand launch. In addition, Tommy is on the front lines of our new Salesforce launch, helping to piece together our weekly status reports, our SWAG giveaways, and supporting the Program Manager. He has also learned much about our internal Learning Management Systems and will soon be leading a research project across the nations SBDC's for how clients learn and how subjects are most important to them." - Hollie Blagg (Supervisor)