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Recognized for an 'A-plus work ethic'

April 10, 2009

Student Employment Services sponsors an annual award for the student employee of the year. Outstanding student employees are nominated for this award by their supervisors and one student is selected to represent Colorado State University.

And the winner is...

Kate Quillin, a senior in social work, has been named CSU’s Student Employee of the Year, 2008-2009.

Quillin is the Alternative Break Coordinator in the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement, or SLiCE. She was hired in August of 2006 and has been working hard making a difference ever since.

“I am really honored to receive the Student Employee of the Year award. It’s reassuring to know I am doing my job right,” says Quillin.

A-plus work ethic

Jennifer Jones, assistant director of SLiCE, nominated Quillin because of her “A-plus” work ethic. Student Employee of the Year nominations require a student to stand out in six categories and, according to Jones, Quillin exemplifies all of them.

  • reliability
  • quality of work
  • initiative
  • professionalism
  • uniqueness of contribution
  • community and campus service

“I never worry – and I'm kind of a worrier – when Kate is handling a project. I know that it will be completed well, on time, and in a quality manner...every time. If I review anything that Kate does, it is extremely rare for me to find anything that needs to be changed,” says Jones.

What she does

As an Alternative Break Coordinator, Quillin took it upon herself to create a spreadsheet that included non-profit organizations across the nation and all over the world, their contact information, and notes about her interaction with them. SLiCE used her research in the selection of this year’s alternative break choices. Quillin has created resource packets that include books, documentaries, and guest speakers’ contact information that group leaders can use to enhance the experience for students.

“I love the people I get to work with. Everyone at SLiCE is amazing; my supervisor and everyone in the alternative break program are so great. I am constantly inspired by the people around me and the great projects they do,” says Quillin.

Other duties:

  • assist in the design and facilitation of Site Leader School and Site Leader retreat
  • provide end of semester and yearly program reports
  • work with the assistant director to develop campus and community partnerships
  • assist with Site Leader recruitment and selection
  • assist with marketing, outreach, and education on alternative breaks
  • serve as a liaison to other campus departments, including advocacy offices
  • …and the list goes on

“Kate is one of the more unique students I have ever worked with. She has the perfect combination of organization, people skills, and a terrific attitude to excel at her job. The most remarkable thing about Kate is that she does this because she loves to do it, not because she has to. Everything is more fun when Kate is around, not to mention it typically runs without a hitch! We will benefit from her contributions for many years to come,” says Jones.

Quillin will be recognized on April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the SLiCE office.

Contact: Anh Ha
Phone: (970) 491-4161