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2013 CSU Student Employee of the Year

April 11, 2013

As part of National Student Employment Week each year, outstanding student employees are nominated by their supervisors for the Student Employee of the Year Award. This year, the honor goes to senior Shelby McCracken, a student staff assistant for the CSU Police Records department.

The winner is ...

Shelby McCracken, a senior studying agricultural education, is a student staff assistant for records at the CSU Police Department. He was hired in June of 2011 to perform duties such as data entry, distributing police reports, conducting name searches for background checks, and processing police records paperwork.

Award based on six categories

Joan Williams, the records manager at CSU PD, nominated McCracken for the annual award based on the following six categories:

  • Reliability
  • Quality of Work
  • Initiative
  • Professionalism
  • Uniqueness of Contribution
  • Community and Campus Service

Williams outlined how McCracken exceeds in all areas, and manages to coordinate extracurricular activities while maintaining his studies and work commitment.

Not only does McCracken work 15 plus hours per week and train for his internship with the Longmont Police Department, he also participates in many extracurricular activities. McCracken conducts leadership training for FFA youth and still participates in Colorado FFA; interviewed for a national FFA leadership position last fall; and as a CSU Ag Ambassador, he assists in representing CSU by working in the public booth at the National Western Stock Show in January.

McCracken also is a Ram Handler and travels with Cam the Ram. He is a member of the National Young Farmers Association, and in December, won a national speech contest which awarded him the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to speak with the U.S. Congress on Ag related issues (what better representation for CSU's Ag program than for one of our own students to have this honor!). He is committed to spending approximately 20 hours per month training with a mentor for an internship with Longmont Police Department.

Contact: Karri White
Phone: (970) 491-4944