“One of the best feelings is being appreciated for working hard.” – Rachel Crowe
University Union employees gathered in the Festival Ballroom on Monday, April 9th from 6:30-8 p.m. to celebrate their coworkers’ accomplishments for the Directors Awards and Spring Employee Banquet. This event has been in the works since September 2017 and was a huge success, thanks to the diligent planning of the Student Employee Appreciation Work Group and the Director of Administration and Finance for University Unions, Dave Barnes.
The banquet planned and executed a delicious feast for its attendees, with food like pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, hush puppies, and so much more. Student employees spoke excitedly with one another as photos of graduating seniors were projected on a PowerPoint with their favorite quotes and goals for the future. The banquet also featured a DJ who played smash hits that some students couldn’t help but dance to
Once the banquet began, Technology Specialist at Technology and Design (TAD), Brooke Bailey, helped Dave Barnes announce award winners. Barnes declared the nine nominees for the Director’s Awards, and then the five winners.
The recipients of the Directors Awards went to: Ashlyn Johns (Mad4U staff member), Amy Lebrecht (LEAD Team Consultant), Rachel Crowe (Lead Photographer and Project Manager for TAD), Enji Tuvshinzaya (Building Manager), and Jessica Pinello (Student Scheduling Assistant).
One of the winners, senior history and art history double major, Rachel Crowe won for her role as the Photography Team Lead and Project Manager for TAD.
“I have put so much time and effort into TAD the last three years and it has changed me as a person, so it’s awesome to have something I can commemorate that with,” Crowe said.
Bailey aided in the announcements of the paper plate awards for the numerous branches of University Union. The paper plate awards served as superlatives for employees ranging from, “Most Likely to Love Mondays,” to “Best Hair.” Employees thoroughly enjoyed the inclusivity of these awards, as well as the imaginative superlatives that were created for them.
“The Student Employee Work Group’s mission is to be the voice of the student employees and to provide what they need,” Bailey explained. The various branches of the Student Employee Work Group include Festival, Madison Union Scheduling, Technology and Design, Off-Campus Life, Madison Union, Administration, Conference Services, and Administration Finance.
Senior communications studies major Olivia Gentilcore was nominated for her position as Program Assistant for the Student Activities & Involvement office.
Gentilcore feels grateful for this role because she has been able “to see how the small, day-to-day tasks that we get to do as Program Assistants help serve in the development of events and programs that the Student Activities & Involvement office puts on.”
“There are so many dedicated University Union student employees who deserve the nomination and I feel incredibly humbled to have been thought of,” Gentilcore said.
The hard work put into it by the Student Employee Work Group paid off for this successful and fun event. Now, they are planning next year’s banquet to make it even better than the last!