By: Steph Muha and Jyllian Roach, Staff Reporter and Managing Editor
Photo by: Scott M. Roberts
Liberal Arts major Jared Miller is the 2011-2012 Student Employee of the Year for going above and beyond in his job duties at the Student Services Center on Montoya campus, said CNM President Katharine Winograd.
In one occasion, a student having trouble with a medical condition came to Miller’s work area. Miller rushed off to find the items needed to care for the student, who was then able to return to class, said Winograd.
“I just try to help people, it was nice to get recognized. I just wasn’t expecting it,” said Miller.
Miller was awarded a glass pin handcrafted by Marti Brittenham, director of the CNM health center; a Trapper Keeper filing system; and a $150 scholarship from former financial aid employee Rita Rivera. “Jared is always willing to help others and asks for nothing in return,” wrote Miller’s supervisor in the nomination letter.
There were also three honorable mentions: Jerome Dorr in Applied Technologies, Leona Adams in Academic Advisement and Daniel Freelong in Health Wellness and Public Safety.
All three students received Trapper Keeper and a $25 scholarglasswork from Brittenham, a ship from Rivera.
Thirty-six work study students were nominated for the award, said Administrative Support Specialist for TRiO, Willie Smoker, who co-organized the event.
The winner was chosen by a blind panel who reviewed all nominees, said Smoker.
“I can’t thank you enough for that. Thank you times five for all that you do to make this place incredibly special,” said Winograd.
The Student Employee Appreciation and Recognition Luncheon is an annual event open to all work-study students to honor the hard work they do throughout the year, said Smoker.
More than 100 of the 350 student employees at CNM attended the luncheon, said Smoker.
All attendees received pizza and salad from Sodexo, and a $10 gift certificate to Pizza9, said Smoker.
Door prizes, which had been donated by various corporate businesses in the area, were also raffled off during the event.
“I think the Student Employment Appreciation and Recognition Luncheon boosts morale and helps. It’s nice to get recognized,” said Miller.