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National Student Employment Week

Celebrating the Contributions of Student Employees 

The UCM Career and Life Design Center and Human Resources partner together to create events for a week-long celebration on the 2nd full week of April, to recognize the campus student employees.  This is an occasion devoted to our hard-working, dedicated students that serve the departments of the University of Central Missouri. 

2022 Student Employee of the Year

Grace Hoffman

1st Place - Grace Hoffman

Grace works for the Career and Life Design Center. She received a $500 award sponsored by Murdock Banner.

Bethany Spitzmiller

2nd Place - Bethany Spitzmiller

Bethany works for the Communication Department. She received a $250 award sponsored by McConnell & Associates.

Leslie Perlera-Galvan

3rd Place - Leslie Perlera - Galvan

Leslie works for the School of Technology - Fashion . She received a $100 award sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.

UCM National Student Employment Week

Student Employees

Allow Us to Show Our Appreciation

Timeline of Events for 2021 - TBD


Student employees are encouraged to stop by the Office of Human Resources (Administration, 100) to enjoy a free coffee and breakfast bar from 8:30am - 11:00am. Student employees received an email with an RSVP link as well as a ticket. The student must have the physical ticket present to participate in this event.

Be on the lookout on UCM social media platforms for a word from Dr. Best!

Department Day - Departments, please find a way to celebrate your student workers for all their hard work and dedication to your department.

UCM's top Student Employees of the Year will be notified that they have made the top rounds of the process.


By invite only - Student Employee of the Year Recognition Banquet.


Recognizing Student Employee Contributions

Each year, the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) declares a full week in April to be National Student Employment Week.

Human Resources at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) is a member of NSEA.  Here at UCM, over 1,000 students are employed by the university, playing a key role in our educational and operational excellence.

Student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. At the same time, they develop important skills and experience that will assist them in their future careers.

UCM Student Employee of the Year Nomination Process

The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college.

To be considered for this award, students must have been employed a minimum of three months full time or six months part-time. This may include students working off campus in community service or tutoring programs. 

Nominate a Student Here

Students will be evaluated on the following qualities:

  1. Communication
  2. Digital Technology
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Professionalism/Work Ethic
  5. Intercultural Fluency
  6. Career Management
  7. Leadership
  8. Teamwork

The UCM Student Employee of the Year Committee are comprised of faculty and staff across campus.

Timeline of Events for Supervisors

2021 Timetable-TBD


Regional Coordinators distribute announcement and application materials to their members and NSEA members in their region.


SEOTY nominations are due to the Human Resources by January 28th, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.


Notifications of campus winners are due to the Regional SEOTY Coordinators.


Regional SEOTY Coordinators submit the regional winners to the NSEA VP of Administrative Services.


National Student Employee of the Year is selected and winner's school is notified by the NSEA President.


National Student Employment Week observed. National SEOTY winner announced and runner-up finalists notified. National SEOTY award is presented at winner's campus.


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