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Miami recognizes its student workers during National Student Employee Week April 8-14

04/06/2012

Student employees make lunch at La Mia Cucina
photo: Scott Kissell
National Student Employee Week is celebrated nationally by many colleges and universities as a way to recognize the contributions of students to the university workforce. It is also a celebration of the valuable skills many students learn through their employment experience.

“You often hear me extolling the remarkable achievements of our students and the many ways they excel in academics, research, community engagement, and athletics. This week, I want to especially recognize their outstanding contributions as student employees and the significant impact they have on our campus operations,” said Miami President David Hodge. “With more than 5,000 of our students employed in various capacities by nearly 150 academic, administrative and support services, I want to encourage everyone to say ‘thank you’ to them for the outstanding work they do.”

Miami recognized 870 students with Employee Service Leadership Awards in a ceremony April 3. They had been nominated by their supervisors for outstanding service. Miami’s Parents Fund supports the awards program. See names of honorees in the attached pdf.

Students research student employees

Students who work at Miami enjoy the people they work with, according to a survey by two Miami students. Sophomores Libby Peters, a management and leadership major, and Clare Wittenberg, a supply chain and operations management and environmental principles and practices co-major, surveyed about 200 student workers at Miami and found that, contrary to their hypothesis, student employees on campus were more satisfied by interactions with their coworkers and supervisors than by pay.

Off-campus student workers received more satisfaction from the potential for promotion than did their on-campus counterparts. For both categories of student employees, the pay aspect of work rated a neutral “3.”

Peters and Wittenberg worked with these five components of job satisfaction: pay, supervisors, co-workers, the work itself and potential for promotion. The students were advised by Megan Gerhardt, associate professor of management and director of the Buck Rodgers Business Leadership Program.

In addition to having performed undergraduate research, both students are student employees at Miami.

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Libby Peters and Clare Wittenberg
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