Two Student Employees Recognized for Their Work

Anderson, Ward Receive Scholarships at April Award Ceremony

By: Camlynne Waring

Senior communications major Lucas Anderson receives a scholarship award as the 2013 Student Employee of the Year.

Lucas Anderson and Julianne Ward were both recipients of the 2013 Walla Walla University Student Employee of the Year Award presented at the Awards Celebration Community in the University Church on April 26. Anderson, senior communications and web design major, received first place, and Ward, senior nursing major, was recognized as the runner-up.

"Mr. Anderson is passionate about design, motivated by the real needs of our world, and a diligent, competent worker," says Linda Felipez, chair of the technology department, who nominated Anderson. Anderson works for Felipez in the Department of Technology office, performing a variety of tasks, including the redesign of the department's web page.

"Through his effective design and organizational skills, he efficiently helped to turn the website into an attractive, usable communication tool," says Felipez. "This demonstration of unique work is just one example of Mr. Anderson's diligence and perseverance, reflected consistently throughout his academic career, as well as in his employment."

Anderson demonstrates the university value "generosity in service" by donating his research, writing, and design skills to nonprofits in the community. Through these working relationships, he has gained creative, technical, and professional experience. Felipez remarked on Anderson's cooperative attitude and good interpersonal skills and credited him with "diffusing tense situations with aplomb."

Ward, an office worker on the Portland campus, was nominated by Michaelynn Paul, assistant professor of nursing. "The quality of her work is outstanding," says Paul, acknowledging that Ward often exceeded the set expectations.

Paul is also impressed with Ward's professionalism and reliability. "Julianne often took initiative, preparing things ahead of me having to ask." "She is unique in that she is so well-rounded," says Paul. "She is good at everything she does."

Ward has taken active leadership roles with several Portland campus organizations and often tutors at-risk students, encouraging their study habits and improving their knowledge level. "On several occasions, it was her tutoring that gave at-risk students the opportunity to be successful," says Paul. "She is always looking for opportunities to improve the experiences of the nursing students."

Twyla Kruger, student employment director at WWU, says, "Each year when I read the nominations for the Student Employee of the Year, I am impressed with the quality of the student workers here. To me, it reinforces the fact that employment is another very important part of a student's education."

This year's Student Employee of the Year received a $1,000 scholarship; the runner-up received a $700 scholarship.

April 30, 2013

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