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Chelsea Speas '13 chosen as Olivet’s 2013 Student Employee of the Year

Posted: Apr 17, 2013


"Chelsea Speas is efficient, professional and understands Olivet's standard of excellence. The small things are important to her, and she takes them from just okay to looking great." — Matt Smith, director of recreation services and Chelsea's supervisor

Chelsea Speas, a senior from De Witt, Mich., was recently recognized as Olivet's Student Employee of the Year for the 2012-2013 academic year. A family and consumer sciences education major, she works as the student office manager for Olivet’s recreation services office.

As part of her job duties, Chelsea manages the day-to-day operations of the intramural sports program in which more than 1,300 students participate. She oversees event scheduling and schedules staff members to cover the events. During her four years as a student employee, she was on the ground level of planning for the new Student Life and Recreation Center. Since the facility opened in December 2012, she has transitioned into the role of facilities coordinator, overseeing 120 student employees.

“Chelsea is supremely reliable and professional,” said Matt Smith, director of recreation services and Chelsea’s supervisor, in his nomination of her. “I know that any job I give her will be done with excellence and, most of the time, will exceed my expectations. She is always thinking a step ahead. Many times, she has walked into my office with new ideas, and those ideas have become the ‘normal’ for how we operate. She is by far one of the best things to happen to our team.”

Runners up were Kelly Carey (a senior from Peotone, Ill.), who works in Benner Library and Resource Center; Heidi Reichelt (a junior from New Lenox, Ill.), who works in the Office of Admissions; and Rachel Taylor (a senior from Batavia, Ill.), who works in Benner’s interlibrary loan division. There were a total of 14 nominees for this award from the 968 students employed by Olivet with a student employment payroll of $1.9 million. Four staff and faculty members served as the judges.

Mary Anderson, director of career services, and Cathy Lundmark, assistant director for student employment, oversaw this year’s competition.

“Contributions of our student employees are significant,” said Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “Their work helps to make campus life and our students’ lives better.”

Criteria for this award include: reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution. The award is presented at Olivet in conjunction with National Student Employment Week, sponsored by the National Student Employment Association–Midwest Association for Student Employment Administrators.

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