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Butler’s Student Employee of the Year program is an excellent way to celebrate the impact Butler University student employees make on our campus every day. For their hard work and diligence, we try to showcase Butler student employees who have shown exemplary strides in contributing to the Butler Community.

There are three awards presented, once a year, during National Student Employee Appreciation (NSEA) Week:

  • Student Employee of the Year: This student will be judged on their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and their uniqueness of contribution. The recipient will compete in the regional competition, and may compete nationally.
  • Outstanding New Student Employee of the Year: This award will be given to a student working in a position for less than one year who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their position, department, and educational goals.
  • The Student Employee Leadership Award: This award will be given to the student who has demonstrated a keen sense of leadership in their position. Leadership may include supervising others or exhibiting great communication, decision making, and problem solving skills.


Student Employee Appreciation Week

Every year, Butler recognizes the importance of our student employees and the contributions they make to our university. This week draws the awareness of others, inside and outside of the University, to the major achievements student workers have made in the multitude of roles they fill. This year's Student Employee Appreciation Week was April 13–17, 2020

For questions regarding Student Employee of the Year or Student Employee Appreciation Week, please contact Alyssa Laskowski (

Nominating A Student Employee

Please complete the Nomination Form Packet with information about the nominee, as indicated:

  • Write a Nomination Letter describing the nominee’s accomplishments, using a departmental letterhead for your Nomination Letter. The letter can be no longer than one page. The student nominee is also required to write a 1 page letter. Please note: only one nomination letter will be considered for each nominee.
  • Deliver the nomination form and letter to the CAPS office (new Lacy Building, RM 102). Nominations will be accepted via hand-delivery, via campus mail or by email to Campus nominations are due by February 14th, 2020 by 5:00 pm. Nominations submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • A selection committee will review nominations and select a campus winner(s). 

Student Employee of the Year Eligibility Criteria

All students nominated for Butler Student Employee of the Year must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be currently attending Butler University.
  • Must have been employed for a minimum of six months in a part-time position for the same employer.
  • Must be working in part-time, non-degreed positions, either on campus or in the Indianapolis community (includes Federal Work Study—Community Service organizations).


  • Each campus winner will receive a certificate and congratulatory letter from MASEA (Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators) 
  • State winners will receive a certificate and check for $75.00
  • The MASEA regional winner will receive a plaque and a check for $150.00 will then be submitted for the NSEA Student Employee of the Year Program

Previous Award Winners


Student Employee of the Year: 

Bridget Woodson (Marketing and Communications Intern, Art with a Heart)

Outstanding New Student Employee of the Year

Anthony Viega (Graduate Assistant, Band and Spirit Program)

Student Employee Leadership

Paige Haefer (Butler Student Ambassador, Office of Admissions)


Student Employee of the Year: Anna Mehilich
Outstanding New Student Employee of the Year: Nicolas Huang
Student Employee Leadership: Kyle Allen


Student Employee of the Year: Eric Sanders (SEOTY Winner for the State of Indiana)
Outstanding New Student Employee of the Year: Molly Nebiolo
Student Employee Leadership: Katie Newberry


Student Employee of the Year: Erica Gilliland
Outstanding New Student Employee of the Year: Lindsey Wacnik
Student Employee Leadership: Hannah Simmons


Student Employee of the Year: Alex Davidson
Outstanding New Student Employee of the Year: Katherine Youngen
Student Employee Leadership: Stephanny Tauber


Student Employee of the Year: Levi Smith 

Student Employee Appreciation Awards Program Details

Please review our Student Employee Appreciation Awards program details for additional guidance and information.