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WSU Student Noah Sanchez Wins State Title

WSU Student Employee of the Year Noah Sanchez takes statewide title.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Construction management major Noah Sanchez was barely adjusting to being named Washington State University Student Employee of the Year when another honor came his way—selection for the same title but at the statewide level.

“I was at a loss for words when I learned of the WSU award, which was an exciting acknowledgement of my efforts, to say the least,” said the 20-year-old Wenatchee native who works as a communications assistant in the Office of Academic Engagement (OAE). It is part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) in the provost’s office.

“This is nothing short of humbling and gratifying for the work that I’ve done and will continue to do,” he wrote to Alena Hume, student employment coordinator in DAESA’s Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC). She manages WSU-wide student employment services.

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Career Expo Oct 2

On Tuesday, October 2, Beasley Coliseum will be full of employers looking to recruit Washington State University students.  The coliseum will be filled with a range of employers from companies like Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Expeditor’s, J.R. Simplot and PSA Healthcare, just to name a few! Employers will be recruiting for internships and full time positions post-graduation.  The 200+ employers at the Expo are excited to recruit WSU students and return to their offices to share the amazing talent and career readiness skills our students portray.

The Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC), in conjunction with the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, sponsor the Career Expo to provide an easy location for students of all majors to meet with a wide range of employers. The Career Expo is the perfect opportunity to land an internship or job before ever leaving campus!

Once students meet with employers at the Expo, they will see that the Career Expo offers more than an opportunity to network and search for a job, it will become the starting point to launch their career.

We encourage all students to come by the Academic Success and Career Center before attending the Career Expo! Our Career Coaching team can help build and refine resumes, identify companies students want to connect with, and offer career strategies that will help students prepare for the Expo.

Check out the registered employers on Handshake:

Go Cougs!

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Hailey Modin Named 2018-2019 Student Employee of the Year

Hailey Modin Named 2018-2019 Student Employee of the Year

Hailey Modin, an entrepreneurship senior from Sumner, Wash., has served Washington State University for more than three years as a peer mentor with the Center for Civic Engagement. Her exemplary efforts to benefit students and staff, and her support of the Pullman and nearby communities, has earned her the distinction of being selected as WSU Student Employee of the Year for 2018-19.

“Hailey is beyond her years when it comes to reliability, quality of work, and professionalism,” said Ben Calabretta, CCE associate director. “She exhibits these attributes while maintaining a positive attitude, a friendly demeanor, and a sense of humor.”

Sought a larger role

Modin’s role at CCE drastically changed when the office became short-staffed and she found herself filling the role of project leader. This required extra time and additional training as Modin was responsible for transporting students off campus and out into the community for various CCE activities.

“I really did not anticipate doing anything outside of front desk work,” Modin said. “I learned that if I asked for more opportunities and extra time, they were willing to let me try new things and learn different positions.”

Thanks to Modin, the CCE was able to make weekly trips to take WSU students to help at the Colfax Food Pantry about 15 miles northwest of Pullman. She also helped transport them to the local Sunnyside Elementary School where they worked one-to-one with second-grade participants in a writing program called Pen Friends. Her efforts further strengthened the ties WSU students have with the region and its residents.

Promoted student service

In her new expanded role, Modin also made presentations to student groups to explain the benefits of community service.

“She delivers information in a way that is very understandable and shows her confidence as a presenter,” said Jessica Perone, CCE faculty consultant. The two worked together connecting service learning courses with the CCE and supporting student’s community engagement. Perone joined the CCE team after Modin.

“I relied on Hailey to teach and explain my position,” Perone said. “She was so well versed in the logistics of making the program successful.”

Her contributions made trainings at the CCE rich and well received among her coworkers.

“Hailey really has brought the student perspective to the CCE, especially in ways that support our student staff members’ professional development,” Calabretta said.

Hailey Modin Student Employee of the Year

CCE and professional growth

Modin has excelled at connecting the staff and student populations, and attributes it to the nurturing environment at the CCE where she herself was able to grow professionally.

“I had a lot of direct mentoring in terms of professional development,” said Hailey, who received feedback on everything from her presentations to how to communicate professionally to different audiences.

“It was a lot of super-important little things that turned out to be big things in the professional world,” Modin said.

CCE Director Melanie Brown said that Modin took on new projects with intention and enthusiasm and her competency allowed her to further her professional reach.

“I think there are a lot of different ways to keep asking for more responsibilities and I think the college environment lends itself to that growth,” Modin said. “The depth of my experience was not anticipated but I’m very thankful for it. It was totally beyond my expectations but I love learning new things anyway.”

Teach for America and back to school

Modin graduates this May before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she will teach middle school math as part of Teach for America. She will also pursue her master’s degree in mid-grade mathematics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. All while helping her husband, Daniel, start his business, Modin Brother’s Composites.

“I have the utmost confidence that Hailey will excel in the Teach for America program and that her considerable qualities and skills will continue to grow,” Brown said. “Hailey is a woman of many talents and competencies that are only just developing.”

Hailey will leave the CCE a better place than she found it, added Brown.

“It is hard to imagine what the department will be like without her presence,” Calabretta said.



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).