From April 9 through April 14, the University of Dallas helped recognize student workers during Student Employee Appreciation week. During this event, the university annually acknowledges the dedication and hard work of the student employees.
“This year we wanted to do something different,” HR Coordinator Melissa Ellis said. “Over 30 percent of the students are student employees, and we want to recognize everyone.”
The HR office coordinated an event at the Bocce ball court where they had music and food as well as drawings for gift cards, restaurant vouchers and sports events for any student worker who wanted to attend.
“We want students to know that we do recognize all of the hard work that they do,” Ellis said. “We know that it’s a lot to juggle school and work, and we really do appreciate them.”
Aside from the drawings, different departments throughout the university were encouraged to send their appreciations to the student workers in their own way as well.
“Working at the university really is an interesting experience that challenges you,” sophomore Frances Ruiz said. “It is a great learning experience that teaches you to juggle school and work, as well as being an efficient worker, having a good time and meeting new people.”
In hopes of making the Bocce ball into a new UD tradition during Student Employee Appreciation week, according to Ellis, students were also encouraged to attend the Music on the Mall Friday, where president Keefe announced Mary Rose Dixon the student employee of the year.
A number of students were nominated based on letters of recommendation, reliability and a semester’s worth of work in their department.
“This year we decided to do a winner, a runner up and a third place,” Ellis said. “The prizes included an iPad for the winner, an iTouch for the runner up and a UD blanket for the third place. Everyone received iPod shuffles as well.”
With a lot of participation and a great turnout from the students, Ellis hopes that this event carries over to other years in order to appreciate the workers on campus.
“We have never really had an event like this,” senior Mariana Zayas said. “We hope that this can be an event that can be repeated because it has been a success so far.”