Olivet recently recognized Seth Wenzelman
as the 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year. A senior from Bonfield, Ill., he is majoring in elementary education. Along with this award, he also received the Illinois Student Employee of the Year award from the National Student Employment Association
“It’s hard to quantify the peace of mind that I feel when Seth comes into the office,” said Matt Slimmer, informatics assistant and one of his supervisors in the recommendation of Seth for the award. “Even his peers take comfort in his presence.”
Seth works in the informatics department of Benner Library and Resource Center
, where his responsibilities include helping library patrons with technical problems — particularly printer jams — editing the library website, aiding library management with scheduling of student workers, and being on call when full-time staff is off campus. He has worked at Benner since April 2011.
“I’m very honored to receive this award,” Seth says. “I’m thankful for the support of my supervisors and also my parents, Meg and Derek Wenzelman. I wouldn’t be here today without that.” Although he plans to find employment as a teacher, he added that he would find working in a library setting again to be “enjoyable.”
This year’s ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 13 of the University’s 945 student employees. Nominations for the award came from staff and faculty members, recognizing nominees for their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution to their department or office.
Sharon Bellomy, one of the four staff judges for this year’s competition at Olivet, reminded the honorees how important their contributions to the school are. “It’s not just a paycheck, it’s a ministry,” she said.
Runners up for Olivet’s award are Lindsay Miller
(junior, Plainfield, Ill.), who works for the Office of Admissions, and Jake Gregory '13
(Potomac, Ill.), an employee of the Office of Church and University Relations. Other finalists include: Beth Ellcessor
(senior, Selma, Ind.); Gretchen Elliot
(junior, Rolla, Mo.); Ashley Glover
(senior, Wauconda, Ill.); Alyssa Keuther
(junior, Marshfield, Mass.); Madelyn Lorenz
(senior, Savoy, Ill.); Hannah Moyers
(junior, Montello, Wis.); Ashley Peet
(junior, Abingdon, Ill.); Emily Picklesimer
(senior, Terre Haute, Ind.); Lorisha Riley
(senior, Kankakee, Ill.); and Reece Storey
(senior, Bourbonnais, Ill.).
“You never know how what you’re learning today will impact your life later,” said David Pickering, director of business and human resources, who acted as master of ceremonies for the award presentation.