FSU Career Center Recognizes Student Employees of the Year

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Caitlyn Mann of the Financial Aid Office and Honorine Rouiller of the Graduate School are the big winners at the Florida State University Career Center’s Eighth Annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards on April 13 .

Mann, a double major in criminology and psychology from Panama City Beach, Florida, received the Tony DiBenedetto award for undergraduate student employee of the year, and Rouiller, a Ph.D. candidate in French from Le May-sur-Evre, France, won the Tony DiBenedetto Award for Graduate Student Employee of the Year.

The SEOTY awards, organized virtually this year, are named after Tony DiBenedetto, FSU alumnus and 30-year executive, serial entrepreneur, thought leader, and former chairman and CEO of Tribridge. DiBenedetto credits much of his growth and development to the skills he learned from supervisors during his time as a student employee at FSU.

“The SEOTY ceremony gives us the opportunity to recognize the invaluable service and impact of our student employees in our daily operations,” said Li Pon, SEOTY Program Manager and Senior Deputy Director for Experiential Learning. “Student work helps our institution achieve excellence in teaching, research, creative endeavors, service, and innovation.”

Over 63 applications were received from departments and divisions at the Tallahassee and Panama City campuses.

“The work of our student employees is one of the many reasons we are recognized for our institutional excellence.

— Myrna Hoover, Director of the Career Center

“The work of our student employees is one of the many reasons we are recognized for our institutional excellence,” said Myrna Hoover, director of the Career Center. “Student staff play a vital role in many offices, and they also provide us with valuable information and feedback from the student perspective on how to improve our services and programs. Those of us lucky enough to employ these incredible students have the opportunity to provide them with meaningful experience that helps them develop skills for their future careers, and often these mentee-mentor relationships turn into friendships that last. a lifetime.

The two overall awards are given to an outstanding undergraduate student employee and an outstanding graduate student employee who demonstrate strength, skill and character while providing exceptional customer service and always going above and beyond the duties of the position. .

Mann received his award for his contribution to outreach efforts within the Financial Aid Office.

“We rely on undergraduates, but she stands out as the most hardworking, independent, and personable student we’ve ever employed,” said Kassandra Starrine, Mann’s supervisor and appointee.

As a student affairs assistant for the Southern Scholarship Foundation in the Office of Financial Aid, Mann led a project to improve outreach efforts for underrepresented counties. The project tracked counties that had a minimum number of applicants and opened lines of communication for more students to learn about scholarships.

“She leverages technology, uses inclusive communication skills, thinks critically about how to improve our processes, embraces all of our residents, takes advantage of her opportunities to develop professional skills, and has become a person we cherish here at the office,” Starrine said. “She is hands down the best student employee we have had the pleasure of overseeing in my career. »

Each year, the Tony DiBenedetto recipient of Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year is presented for regional consideration through the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators (SASEA).

Rouiller received his award for his work managing The Graduate School’s #GradImpact project throughout the pandemic. The project amplifies the voices and experiences of graduate students by highlighting their contributions to the history of FSU through research and work in action.

“At the start of the pandemic, she suggested a virtual video series, ‘Coffee and Conversation’, born out of the need to create community and connection for graduate students at a time when we needed to adapt our services to a learning and a remote life. environment,” said Adrienne Stephenson, Rouiller’s supervisor and proponent. “This outlet was crucial in providing graduate students with a space to feel safe, normal and heard.”

Rouiller has also supervised undergraduate students and expanded his technological skills to advance The Graduate School’s mission, specifically in web development.

“[She] builds trust with every student she connects with,” Stephenson said. “It has fostered a positive environment in the office and more broadly among graduate students from all backgrounds and disciplines. Her ability to learn, multi-task, teach, lead and serve will make her an incredible teacher and mentor in the future.

The Career Center also honored student employees with category awards, each named after an aspect of FSU’s institutional seal.


The 2022 category award recipients are:

The Vires Prize (Initiative)which rewards the student employee who constantly goes beyond his professional obligations by taking initiatives in his role: Steven A. Grossa finance major from Port Charlotte, Florida, who was appointed by Stephanie Dillon to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The Artes Prize (critical thought)which rewards the student employee who best demonstrates critical thinking in the workplace: Toshiaki Kanai, a Ph.D. student from Osaka, Japan, who was appointed by Wei Guo to FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

The Mores Prize (professionalism)which rewards student employees who demonstrate exceptional professionalism in all aspects of their role: Kadian Jasminea double major in criminology and psychology from Ocala, Florida, which was nominated by Priscilla Hunt and FSU Libraries, and Nina Rossoa finance student from Tampa, Florida, who was nominated by Deborah Gill for her work in the Tax Operations Department of Information Technology Services.

The Torch Award (Equity and Inclusion)which recognizes the student employee who demonstrates a commitment to equity and inclusion in the workplace: Brandon SaridjoMaster of Social Work student, who was nominated by Robin Haggins and the Office of Transfer Student Services.

To further celebrate the essential work of our FSU student employees, the Career Center encourages departments to share on-the-job photos of their student employees using the hashtag #NolesAtWork.

For more information on Career Center services, programming or initiatives, visit career.fsu.edu.

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