Exceptional student employees honored

Student employees gathered for a photo at a ceremony in their honor last month. (photo by Covello and Covello)

The Student Employee Recognition Awards Program (SERAP) ceremony honored 374 students for their outstanding service to the university and academic excellence during the 2006-07 academic year. Student employees fill a variety of vital positions across the campus ranging from greeting campus visitors, gardening, and recycling, to accounting and helping faculty with their research.

More than 600 people attended the May 11 event, including parents, siblings, supervisors, campus leaders, faculty, and staff. Employers gave their students certificates of appreciation and cash awards ranging from $100 to $2,000.

Barbara Bedford, director of the Career Center, which sponsors the ceremony, welcomed the group, followed by student speakers Nora Canright and Lauren Wilkinson. Entertainment was provided by vocalists Candace Goodwin and Maria Olivo. Among the special guests was Acting Chancellor George Blumenthal, who gave congratulatory remarks.