Emi Hitomi Selected as Student Employee of the Year

University Communications – University of Rochester senior Emi Hitomi has been selected as the 2013-2014 University of Rochester Student Employee of the Year. The award, which is given annually by the Financial Aid Office, recognizes an outstanding student employee who has made valuable contributions to the department in which he or she works. Hitomi, a building manager supervisor for Wilson Commons, was nominated by Michael Dedes, Wilson Commons services coordinator.

Hitomi, a neuroscience major, got her start as a Hive Game Room employee her freshman year, and quickly worked her way up the ranks to serve as a building manager for two years, learning the policies and procedures of Wilson Commons. “Because there’s always so much going on in Wilson Commons, not much our job is written in our job description,” says Hitomi. “We are the go-to people for all student employee-run stations (the Common Market, the Hive, Common Connection, and the Hartnett Art Gallery) after hours when all the professional staff has left.”

Hitomi was a natural choice for the role of building manager supervisor her senior year, due to her dedication and reliability as a building manager. “Emi is a one of those rare individuals who truly cares about everyone she comes in contact with. There are no smoke or mirrors with Emi, she is as true as they come,” says Dedes. “She supports all her staff members, even those that can be difficult to deal with, and ensures that everyone has all the resources to be successful.”

CeremonyDuring her time at Wilson Commons last semester, Hitomi helped ensure that a new initiative to keep Wilson Commons open for 24 hours during finals week, to provide additional study spaces to students, ran smoothly. “We have a new late-night programming group that works hard to come up with ideas to provide students with a place to study, relax or have fun late at night,” says Hitomi. While asking her fellow building managers to work extended hours with her was difficult, Hitomi handled it excellently by emphasizing the importance it would have to the student body. In addition to study spaces, Hitomi also worked with her staff to ensure that the exercise areas, movie screenings, and late-night food options for students offered by the event had the resources and space they needed. The event was a huge success with more than 140 students attending. “Emi is one of those student employees who understands the mission of a student union and the role it plays on the college campus. She understands the bigger picture concepts and tries her best to translate that to those she works with so everyone is adding to the common goal,” remarked Dedes.

One of the most valuable parts of her job, Hitomi says, is interacting with people. “As an employee of WCSA, I have met and worked alongside a lot of the staff and faculty that are involved in student activities across campus. Through them I have learned a lot about campus events and student organizations.”

Although, Hitomi’s job is not without its challenges. “There was one time, it was a week or two before Meliora Weekend and we had only three boxes of chocolate covered pretzels left. We were all panicking and trying to rush order more. Fortunately we got an order of them in time to be fully stocked.”

After graduation, Hitomi will be working for the next year as a lab technician in Dr. Nedergaard’s lab at the University Rochester Medical Center.

Emi and SupervisorNational Student Employment Week is an annual week sponsored by the National Student Employment Association which seeks to recognize Student Employees at College Campuses across the Nation. In addition to an award ceremony for the Student Employee of the Year, here at the University of Rochester individual departments find their own creative ways to celebrate their dedicated student employees. The Financial Aid Office, for example, hosts a number of events for their employees during the week, hosting a celebration lunch and a scavenger hunt as well as creating photo bios for each of their employees. Here at University Communications, the office celebrated its student interns with a pizza party and a giant cake!

The following 16 students were also nominated for the award this year:
Zachary Brumberger ’14 – Biochemistry
Sara Leung ’14 – Mathematics
Patrick Hennessey ’14 – English
Liv Earle T5 ’14 – Comparative Lit.
Alex Montes ’16 – History
Lily Martyn ’14 – Epidemiology
Ana Garcia ’14 KEY – International Relations
Keishla Zayas ’15 – English
Marcia des Jardin ’15 – Molecular Genetics
Alex Teghipco ’14 – Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Sarah Winstein-Hibbs ’14 – English
Claire Wyman ’14 – Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Emily Fitzgerald ’16 – Microbiology
Margaret Speer ’15 – English
Rachel Taylor ’15 – Microbiology
Ted Teumer ’14 -Computer Science

Nominees

 

Rochester Undergrad Named ‘Outstanding Employee’

By Michael Dedes
Wilson Commons Student Activities

Emi Hitomi, a University of Rochester senior, won the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Employee Award at the Association of College Unions International Region 2 Awards of which the University of Rochester is a proud member.

Hitomi has worked in Wilson Commons starting her freshman year as a Hive Game Room Student Employee for a year before moving up the ranks and becoming a building manager for two years. It wasn’t long until she earned the role of building manager supervisor in which she currently supervises the Building Manager Team that upholds the rules and policies of the student union.

“In her time as a student employee in Wilson Commons, Emi has consistently shown a hard work ethic where she has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best support to her team as well as the best customer service to the patrons of Wilson Commons,” says Michael Dedes, Wilson Commons Services Coordinator.

Dedes says that Hitomi is always eager to try something new to provide better programming and better customer services to everyone who visits Wilson Commons. While she has had to handle very stressful situations as a building manager, she has continuously shown calmness under pressure and the ability to think on her feet to get the job done.

“Emi’s peers respect her for the job she does and the leader she has become,” he explains. “We are very proud of Emi and are happy to be able to celebrate in her achievement!”

Shianne Chatarjee Selected as Student Employee of the Year

Univ. Communications – University of Rochester senior Shianne Chatarjee has been named the 2011-2012 University of Rochester Student Employee of the Year. The award, which is given annually by the Student Employment Office, recognizes an outstanding student employee who has made valuable contributions to the department in which he or she works. Chatarjee, who works for the Office of Alumni Relations as the Meliora Weekend Student Program Assistant, was nominated by Donna Colline, Assistant Director of Operations.

“I’ve been working at the Office of Alumni Relations for about 2 years now and I absolutely love it.  The award means a lot to me, especially because I’m working in a field in which I hope to enter professionally,” said Chatarjee.

As a member of the Alumni Office’s Regional Events and Operations team, Chatarjee’s responsibilities include conducting research for venues, preparing promotional materials, managing several small events on Meliora Weekend, and recruiting student volunteers for the weekend’s events.  In fact, she was promoted to her current position after performing her duties  as a general office assistant remarkably well.

In a letter nominating Chatarjee for the award, Colline says, “She brings her intelligence and zest for life to the workplace each and every day.  Whether on an independent project or a member of a team, she provides nothing but excellent work and a positive attitude.”

“I can honestly say that my experience in this position is the largest contributing factor to not only my professional, but also my personal growth during my time at UR,” said Chatarjee.  “It has allowed me to build my organizational and leadership skills, as well as meet great people who were extremely supportive and helped me prepare for a future in event planning.”

Chatarjee, who is an economics & business strategies major, has been involved with the Office of Alumni Relations as a Student Alumni Ambassador since spring 2011.  She also is a residential adviser and serves as an officer for several student organizations.

“She is the quintessential ambassador. She loves her university and demonstrates that bond each and every day through her work assignments,” Colline wrote in her nominating letter.

After graduation, Chatarjee plans to move to New York or Washington, D.C. to seek out full-time employment in the event planning and public relations field.

“Prior to working at the Alumni Office, I did not know what I wanted to do in my future, but now I have no doubt that I am going in the right direction and pursuing a career that fits both my skills and my personality and will make me very happy,” Chatarjee said.

In celebration of Student Employee Week, the Student Employment Office recognized Chatarjee, along with all of this year’s nominees, at a private reception. As Employee of the Year, Chatarjee will have the opportunity to compete at regional and state levels through the National Student Employee Association’s awards program.

This year, the following 22 students were nominated for the Student Employee of the Year award: David Aguila ’13, Naomi Ahsan ’12, Shianne Chatarjee ’12, Christina Cordell ’12, Courtney Diamond ’12, Douglas Done ’13, Amanda Gaboriault ’14, Ian Gauger ’12, Rebekah Goldstein ’14, Devin Granahan ’12, Kaitlyn Karpenko ’12, Janixa Mejias ’13, Byron Miller ’12, Andrew Moran ’12, Craig Pais ’12, Danyel Quackenbush ’14, Bo Reynolds ’12, Nick Runeare ’12, Shamara Saffore ’15, Erin Slocum ’12, Annamarie Spielmann ’12, Alana Valvo ’13.

Article written by Maya Dukmasova, a Take 5 Scholar at the University of Rochester and an intern at University Communications. She majored in philosophy and religion and focused her Take 5 year on researching the way American media covers current events in the Muslim world. An aspiring journalist, Dukmasova has freelanced for Rochester Magazine, the Phoenix New Times, and the Daily News Egypt in Cairo. She also maintains two blogs, one devoted to culture and society in Russia (www.out-of-russia.com) and the other to photography (www.myorientalism.com).

 

Photos courtesy of J. Adam Fenster, University Communications.

Technology Interns Share Their Summer Projects

Univ. Communications – Nicole Tischenko ’10 was one of 16 students who shared their experiences and perspectives about working as a summer interns in the University’s Information Technology department. During the 3rd annual poster session, held on Monday, Aug. 8, in Hirst Lounge, Tischenko discussed her work with University IT’s communications team, where she helped create the department’s annual report.

The 2011 summer interns were:

Matt Augustyn, SUNY Brockport, Web Development

Peter Borrelli, Rochester Institute of Technology, Graphic Design

Keyur Chitnis, Rochester Institute of Technology, Software Development

Cody DeHaan, University of Rochester, Research Computing

Lauren Dornfeld, University of Rochester, Marketing

Sidney Epner, University of Rochester, Classroom Technology

Gregory Evershed, Rochester Institute of Technology, Data Warehousing

Peter Fogg, Oberlin College, Research Computing

Abraham George, Rochester Institute of Technology, Security

Matthew Kooy, Alfred State, Web Development

Brian Lewis, St. John Fisher College, Accounting

Mandana Marefat, Rochester Institute of Technology, Quality Assurance

Philip McGarvey, SUNY Brockport, Software Development

Adrian Palleschi, SUNY Brockport, Web Development

Erik Porter, Rochester Institute of Technology, Network Engineering

Nicole Tischenko, University of Rochester, Communications

Isthier Chaudhury ’11 Named Rochester’s Student Employee of the Year

Univ. Communications – University of Rochester senior Isthier Chaudhury has been named the 2010-2011 University of Rochester Student Employee of the Year. The award, which is given annually by the Student Employment Office, recognizes an outstanding student employee who has made valuable contributions to the department in which he or she works. Chaudhury, who works for University Information Technology as a classroom technology technician and printing support technician, was nominated by his supervisor Carol Amidon, classroom support technician.

As a member of the University IT team, Chaudhury’s responsibilities include the set-up and operation of all technology in the classrooms. He also is responsible for monitoring ink and paper supplies at public computing labs and libraries on campus to ensure they are well-stocked. In a letter nominating Chaudhury for the award, Amidon says a “defining quality for Isthier is his dedication to the job” and that his “consistently high standards of customer service” are only surpassed by his positive attitude.

Chaudhury, who is a chemical engineering and Chinese double major, was recently invited to Washington, D.C., to share his experiences studying abroad in Beijing, China. He studied abroad through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program at Peking University in Beijing as a Gilman Scholar during the 2009-2010 academic year. While in Washington, Chaudhury met First Lady of Michelle Obama and visited area middle schools and high schools to talk about his time abroad.

In celebration of Student Employee Week (April 10 through 16), the Student Employment Office will formally recognize Chaudhury, along with all of this year’s nominees, at a private reception on Tuesday, April 12. As Employee of the Year, Chaudhury will have the opportunity to compete at regional and state levels through the National Student Employee Association’s awards program.

This year, the following 25 students were nominated for the Student Employee of the Year award: Jennifer Alpern ’11, Kelley Beamish ’11, John Boule ’12, Isthier Chaudhury ’11, Oswald Codjoe ’14, Nicole Cragin ’12, Rachel DeAngelis ’11, Angelica Frausto ’13, Joseph Gardella ’11, Christina Gmyr ’11, Shaelom James ’12, Bin Qing Lin ’13, Kenneth Mansfield ’12, Chandler Moran ’12, Gabriella Morris ’12, Jenny Mosier ’11, Caitlin Redmond ’13, Sara Rothenberg ’13, Emily Schroeder ’12, Rachel Simeone ’13, Susan Virgilio ’12, Joseph Wang ’12, Hilary Wermers ’13, Wai Ling Ye ’13, and Shouling Zhang ’13.