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Wegener Named UCM 2017 Student Employee of the Year

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 24, 2017) – Carl Wegener, a University of Central Missouri senior aviation major from Harrisburg, was named the UCM Student Employee of the Year during the annual awards reception April 12.

SEOTY 2017
Carl Wegener, center, receives the award for UCM Student Employee of the Year from Mary Kalledes, right, financial aid counselor in the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Also present was Steve Quick, left, director of aircraft maintenance at UCM's Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, who nominated Wegener.

Wegener was one of 28 students nominated by faculty, staff and administrators for the honor. He has been employed in aviation maintenance at the university’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport since April 2014, assisting FAA-certificated mechanics in light maintenance, inspection card items, aircraft towing, taxiing and securing, aircraft engine runs and hangar housekeeping and organization.

In his nomination of Wegener, Steve Quick, director of aircraft maintenance, noted that, in addition to being an exemplary employee who exceeds expectations, Wegener also exceeded the the requirements for his professional pilot major by also obtaining his FAA mechanic's certificate in addition to his pilot certificates. Obtaining his mechanic’s certificate required a minimum of 30 months of hands-on experience in a wide range of maintenance on aircraft. He also completed additional coursework to learn more systems and passed the required FAA oral and practical test examinations to be awarded the FAA airframe and powerplant certificates.

Quick noted that by acquiring the multiple FAA certifications, Wegener has obtained skills and the qualifications for multi-disciplinary career opportunities, an achievement unprecedented at UCM in more than three decades.

Wegener received a $500 award as Student Employee of the Year.

In addition to Wegener, UCM senior Asia Casey, a student writer in University Relations, was named the second place recipient with a cash award of $250, and Jennifer Hermanson, employed by the Office of Enrollment Management, received the third place award of $100.