National Student Employment Week
UT Dallas participates in the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) in the spring semester. Student employment offers you career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and preparation for the job market upon graduation.
Student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. Most schools depend on the contributions of this reliable workforce for the efficient operation of the entire campus.
By celebrating this week, you will benefit through increasing employer awareness of the service you and your students provide, increasing your employer base and positions available for students, and providing an open forum for discussion of student employment and career-related issues.
Student Employee of the Year, UT Dallas Recognition
The Student Employee of the Year Award is conducted according to the rules and regulations of the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) and the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators (SASEA). The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college.
The annual Student Employee of the Year Program, including a celebration honoring all student employees and an Ice Cream Social, is coordinated by the Career Center. The Student Employee of the Year recognition and celebration take place during the second full week in April, in conjunction with the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) Student Employment Week.
Winners will receive campus recognition. The UT Dallas award winner's name is submitted to the regional competition, and if selected as the regional winner, moves on to the national competition.
Plan to show our UT Dallas student employees how much they are valued during the time set aside by NSEA for National Student Employment Week.
- All undergraduate and graduate students who are in non-benefit-eligible student jobs are eligible to be nominated.
- Must have been employed for a minimum of 3 months full-time (working 20 hours per week) or 6 months part-time (working at least 10 hours per week) between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 (anticipated). This is equivalent to 240 working hours during the academic year.
- Resident Advisors, Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants are NOT eligible for nomination.
Student employees will be judged on the following, equally-weighted criteria:
- Quality of Work
- Uniqueness of Contribution
- Nominations will only be accepted from faculty and staff -
The Nomination Form and Nomination Letter will be accepted between the dates of January 16 - February 10, 2012. Make the Nomination Letter as comprehensive as possible in order to give your nominee the best chance to win this award. All nominations will be kept confidential. Please note: Only one nomination letter per nominee will be submitted to the judges.
Employers must submit the The Nomination Form and Nomination Letter
by 5:00 p.m., February 10, 2012.
Nominations received after this deadline will not be considered by the judging committee.
The Student Employee of the Year is decided by an independent committee of judges representing a cross-section of the departments who hire student employees.
They evaluate the nominations based on the previously explained selection criteria. The nominations will be presented so identifying information is removed.
If you are interested in volunteering to be a judge, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator at ext. 6195 or email@example.com
Ideas for Celebrations
We encourage every department to find special ways to honor their student employees during this week. These are a few activities you may want to consider:
- Host a pizza party
- Potluck breakfast or lunch
- Serve cake and punch in their honor
- Take them to lunch
- Buy them a helium balloon
- Purchase movie tickets
- Give flowers or candy
- Write a thank you note for a job well done
- Make a poster or banner to hang with all department staff signatures
- Purchase a gift certificate from the UT Dallas Bookstore or The PUB
Five UT Dallas student employees receive awards during National Student Employee Week held in April.
Their pictures will appear in a News Center story about Student Employment Week and an advertisement honoring the recipients will run in the Mercury. In addition, their names will be added to a plaque that resides within the Career Center.
The top student's nomination will be sent forward to the regional level and compete with other student employee nominations in the southeastern region. If selected at the regional level the nomination will move to the national competition.