The National Student Employment Association has declared that the second full week in April each year be set aside in honor of National Student Employment Week (NSEW) to recognize the value of student employees and student employment professionals in higher education across the country. The purpose of NSEW is threefold: to enhance awareness of student employment and its important role in higher education experience, to recognize students who perform outstanding work while attending college, and to thank employers who hire students and make the student employment program a success.
The theme of this year’s celebration at New York Tech was Royalty, as we crowned the vital cornerstones of our community for their excellence and regal performance throughout the year. Throughout the week, the Office of Student Employment facilitated a series of events.
NSEW kicked off in “royal” fashion with a Grab & Go Breakfast Banquet on the New York City and Long Island campuses. Additionally, all student employees and supervisors were invited to Coronation Luncheons on the New York campuses, where Denniesia Cameron Richards, assistant director for student employment, presented students and supervisors with New York Tech NSEW Awards.
Students at the Grab & Go Breakfast Banquet on the New York City campus.
NSEW 2022 Award Winners are:
Student Employee of the Year
New York: Armand Ahmetaj, majoring in life sciences
Long Island: Alexis Sakatis, majoring in architecture
On the Long Island campus, Denniesia Cameron Richards presents Aayushi Ganatra with a Royalty award.
Graduate Assistant of the Year
New York: Adnan Quresh Jangbarwala, majoring in architecture
Long Island: Roake Lawrence Madrinan, majoring in management
On the Long Island campus, Denniesia Cameron Richards presents Matthew Koziarz with the supervisor of the year award.
Supervisor of the Year
New York: Tadiyos Gebre, director of academic success and enrichment
Long Island: Matthew Koziarz, manager of information technology services
New York: Rachit Kapoor, majoring in computer science, and Samantha Dixon, majoring in architecture
Long Island: Kaylee Higgins, majoring in psychology and Aayushi Ganatra, majoring in computer science
Supervisors: Amy Bravo, senior director of career success and experiential education in New York City, and Laurie Hollister former director of career services in Long Island
“Student employees keep our university operational. So many departments rely on our student talents to achieve departmental and institutional goals, and student supervisors serve as co-educators and mentors in the employment process,” said Amy Bravo, senior director of career success and experiential education. “We recognize, value and commend their contributions to New York Tech. Students and supervisors work hard all year, and we are delighted to provide them with the royal treatment they deserve.”
On the New York City campus, Amy Bravo was recognized with a Royalty award and Tadiyos Gebre was selected as a supervisor of the year.
Additionally, New York Tech supervisors honored their student employees within their departments by providing celebratory lunches, giving them tokens of appreciation, recognizing their contributions with LinkedIn recommendations, and by participating in Community Engagement Day.
To close out the week’s celebrations, the Royal Raffle winner was announced. Life sciences student Kaytline Hernandez won a selection of New York Tech swag.
This article was contributed by Denniesia Cameron Richards, assistant director for student employment.