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Student Employee of the Year

What is Student Employee of the Year?

The Student Employee of the Year is a recognition program created for outstanding student employees working for Washington State University. Once per year, supervisors from various on-campus departments can nominate current student employees to be the recipient of the Student Employee of the Year award. The Student Employee of the Year will be recognized through various campus functions.

Who can participate in the Student Employee of the Year Recognition Program?

Supervisors from any WSU campus can nominate a student employee at any degree level. Students must be currently enrolled at WSU and have been employed for at least six months to be considered for the award. Student employees must be earning their paycheck from WSU, and outside organizations are not invited to participate.

How many student employees can an employer nominate?

On-campus supervisors can nominate a maximum of two student employees per functional area of a WSU on-campus department. (For example- University Recreation could nominate two Membership Attendants, two Service Attendants, two Weight Room Attendants, two Custodians, etc).

How do I nominate student employees?

On-campus supervisors who are registered on CougLink will receive notifications early each Spring semester to begin the nomination process.


Student Employee of the Year contact:

Jordan Jameson

Student Employment Coordinator

Academic Success and Career Center

(509) 335-6634


2014-2015 Student Employee of the Year

From a field of 26 nominees, WSU Alumni Association Engagement Intern Ashley Vu has been selected as the WSU Student Employee of the Year.

Carrie Neppel, Ashley’s supervisor at the Alumni Association as the Strategic Events Manager, nominated Vu and described her as “…one of, if not the, most reliable student employees (we have) ever hired.” Vu’s responsibilities include assisting up to five full-time staff members on projects involving the planning and promotion of alumni and student events. Neppel reported that Vu is trusted to get her tasks done on time and with the highest degree of quality, and she routinely goes beyond all expectations.

Vu is from San Jose, Calif. Her major is Mechanical Engineering and her minors are Biology and Mathematics. She plans to become a physician specializing in ophthalmology, and hopes to attend the WSU Medical School in Spokane and then practice in Eastern Washington. She is active in the WSU Honors College, where she has taught a freshman seminar course and served as an ambassador and mentor for the university. She is a teaching assistant in Mechanical Engineering, active in numerous campus programs, and commodore on the lightweight WSU Women’s Rowing Team.

Vu’s award was presented at the Office of Undergraduate Education Awards Ceremony by Jordan Jameson, Student Employment and Marketing Coordinator at the Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC), which oversees the Student Employment Program on campus. The award is sponsored by the ASCC, Cougar Country Drive-In, and The Bookie.