National Student Employment Week 2020

NSEW 2020 Virtual Appreciation Posts


"The UCCS Downtown Student Team is REMARKABLE! They are experts at customer service and maters of communication. They are flexible and accommodating and have been a pleasure to work with in our remote working transition. Their reliance and care for our team is inspiring. Thank you Vince, Morgan and Jessie for all your hard work. Thank you for helping me craft the personal brand and image of UCCS Downtown for both internal and external UCCS stakeholders. Our team would not be the same without you. YOU ARE ROCKSTARS!" -Stephanie Adams

From VMA-

-Jessica Newman

Thank you so much for stepping up and handling so much in the midst of this crisis, and every day.  You are greatly appreciated!

-Emma Blair

You didn’t have to work remotely, but you chose to!  Thank you so much for everything you do for VMA!

-Javan Bair

I appreciate so much your willingness to work remotely!  You are valuable to VMA!

-Kristen Wernimont

I miss seeing you every day!  You are a great student employee and person – thank you for all you do!

-Natalie Luther

Congratulations on graduating!  Your energy and professionalism will be missed at VMA!

-Jimmy Calhoun

You are essential to me!  I miss your energy and look forward to having you back in VMA!

-James Santiago

Thank you so much for all that you bring to VMA!  You are appreciated!

-Jeff Deickman

Thank you so much for your leadership and professionalism!  I look forward to having you back soon!

 -Alissa Moore

You’ve made a difference in the short time you’ve been at VMA!  You are greatly appreciated!

 -Jenna Zahn

I miss your great attitude and willingness to help!  Thank you for being part of our team!

 -Taylor Wachman

You are a hard worker with a great attitude!  I miss your energy and appreciate all you do for VMA!

 -Emmanuel Alfaro

Your professionalism and great attitude are missed!  Looking forward to having you back in VMA!

 -Raul Rodriguez-Belyea

 Thank you for your leadership and great attitude!  See you back at VMA soon!

Office of Admissions

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CLYDE’S GUIDES – Gracias! Xie xie! Danke! Arigato! Grazie! Thank you! For having made countless prospective students and their families feel at home when they visited. For always having a smile in your face and for being willing to accommodate their needs on tours. Remember you are one, if not the most important piece, in recruitment efforts. We miss you all very much.


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 "I would like to thank our student employee in the Nursing Office, Sahouda Smith, who is diligent, kind, hard-working and dependable.  In addition to those great qualities, Sahouda is a lovely person to work with and brightens our days." -Shellie Harden

"Izzy (Martinez) is EVERYONE’S bathroom buddy! If you’ve ever read an ad in the Commode Chronicle, Izzy has been part of your life! She is our Queen of the Commode Chronicles and Dog Mom Extraordinaire to little Reina. I am torn between delight in seeing her succeed at all her classes and wishing she would flunk a few so we could keep her longer. Auxiliary Marketing Services wouldn’t be the same without her! " - Holly Murdock

"Hello Students! We miss you and all you do for our office! We hope you are all well and staying healthy and safe. We can't wait to see your smiling faces again!" - Jessica Calhoun


Thank you to our Facilities Services Student Employees!!!

Facilities Services student employees enjoying donuts during National Student Employment Week 2020.


"Thank you so much for all you do, Taya! I appreciate your hardwork getting books, videos and so much more ready for the partrons of the Kraemer Family Library. You are a pleasure to work with." -Gadrun McCollum

"ARIEL MCPHERSON - You bring so much knowledge, training, and passion for helping others to your position as a success coach in First Year Experience. You have taken this position and made it your own - allowing you to connect with students in a meaningful way that works with the way you work. I have enjoyed having you on our team and look forward to continuing to get to know you and to learn from you." -Ellen Burkart

"KEELY ZEIMET - When you speak, others listen. It has been wonderful to watch and listen as you coach our students - working with them to achieve their academic goals. You have such a positive outlook when working with our students that I think helps our students feel like they really can accomplish anything they put their minds to. It has been wonderful having you as a part of the First Year Experience team - I am excited continue to work with you in the semesters to come." -Ellen Burkart

"To Annie Landis: Thank you for all that you do for the SAHE Program at UCCS! Your gratitude for the experience and contributions to elevation the student experience and alumni connections are amazing." -Patty Witkowsky

"To the University Development Employees--THANK YOU! You each make an impact in our office every single day just as much now with remote work. We appreciate you all and all you for University Development and our campus!" - Chelsea Poch

"JESSICA ASUQUO - Thank you for being such a huge part of the First Year Experience team over the past three years. It has been wonderful working with you and watching you develop into such a great resource for other students and our campus. You are a phenomenal peer academic coach whose compassion, work ethic, and care have helped so many of our students to work toward and reach their goals. I feel lucky to have worked with you for the past three years and look forward to keeping in touch in the years to come - I know you will find success wherever you go." - Ellen Burkart

Katie Z – Keep being amazing, even while working in the 626! SPTM and PGM miss seeing you every week! - Rachel Leif

Dear Pre-Collegiate Student Employees- Thank ou for all of the work that you do to support our Pre-Collegiate middle school and high school students and our STEM outreach programs.  We appreciate you! - The Pre-Collegiate Professional Staff

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"ISABEL DYCUS - You bring your desire to succeed and your heart for celebrating the success of others to your position as a peer academic coach. You have had so many good (yet sometimes challenging) experiences with the students that you coach that you should be proud. I know that I am proud that you are a part of the First Year Experience team and look forward to continuing to work with you throughout your college experience. Thank you for all that you do for our office and our students." -Ellen Burkart

"EMILY FOX - I appreciate how quickly you have been able to jump into your work as a success coach with the First Year Experience team. You have such a passion for working with our undergraduate students and helping them to reach their goals all while learning how to coach in such a short period of time. I appreciate how open you are to feedback and wanting to grow in this position. It has been so wonderful to have you on our team." -Ellen Burkart

Tillie – We appreciate everything you have done and continue to do for us while working remotely! SPTM and PGM miss seeing you every week! - Rachel Leif

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"AKILAH SWEETEN - You shine as a peer academic coach - you are kind, patient, willing to listen and toexplore possibilities with the students you coach, and so much more. From your constantly positive mindset to your willingness to challenge yourself to learn and grow within this position, I have enjoyed every moment of working with you and getting to know you this past year. Thank for for everything that you do for First Year Experience and our students. I look forward to continuing to work together for years to come."-Ellen Burkart

Michelle is a true team player and brings bright energy to the office each day! She quickly became a key contributor to our team, and her kind heart and fun-loving attitude always brightens our day. Michelle is not just super efficient and creative at her job, she does it all with an amazing attitude.  Michelle’s strong work ethic and willingness to learn have been great additions to our team. Her collaborations to make our office work better doesn’t go unnoticed - we LOVE working with her.  She is truly appreciated and is a valued member of the team.- Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Office

Vivian Otero- Vivian, you have been a tremendous help  to us in the Admissions Intake Office.   I’ve been able to count on you to do a tremendous job, taking on more and more responsibility, and to be there when I needed a helping hand no matter what it was.  I’m sorry to see you graduate this year but I know you have an exciting future ahead of you. -Nancy Stovall

This is a note to Oliver, Grady, Leah, Rachel, Kylie, and Zaida: We so appreciate all of the hard work you are putting in during this challenging time. Thank you so so so much, go team! -Sarah Elsey 

Jack Mills, Thank you for all the efforts you have put into our Admission Intake Office. You have been a great help, always willing to do anything that assists us, and always willing to learn and do more. I have missed your time in the office during this working remotely time, and I will be glad to see you back in the office. -Nancy Stovall

Julissa, Eric, Elizabeth, Rejoice, Sharla, Kira, and Jessika: Thank you for all you do for our office! We are so grateful for all the laughs and bright moments you bring! -Tea

IA team; our daily office time is missed.  For those working remotely you've been incredibly helpful in finalizing the communication and projects we have. You are dedicated employees that approach your tasks with an ethic of care and understanding for the diverse populations we serve.  Thank you so much!!!!! -Mandy Hansen

“Thank you so much for all you do, Megan! I appreciate you, and I am excited to work with you in person soon! You are a pleasure to work with.” -Kristina Coggins

“Thank you so much for all your hard work this year! Happy Student Worker’s Week!🌸🎂” to the Student Assistants int he Static lab at Johnson Beth-El.  -Lorinda Lindemulder

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Anna - I miss seeing you every other day.  I know you are quiet but your quiet presence brings me so much joy!  I'll be happy when the day comes that we can all be in the office together again.  I can't wait to hear how your life has been going.  I know you are going to accomplish amazing things in life and I miss being a part of your daily life.  -Brooke

Bookstore student employee team, WE MISS YOU ALL, past and present!!!  Whether it’s satisfying customers, helping us run the bookstore, pointing to where the scantrons are located, or just being goofy (proof—see the picture), we want to shout “Happy National Student Employment Week” from your Bookstore Management Team.

Bookstore student employees.

Jesse - The time has come for you to graduate and start your career.  We will miss you!!!  You are a quiet worker who keeps us running.  You are one of the smartest guys I know and you're always so helpful in fixing things when they go sideways.  I really thought we would have had more time together.  I don't want to say goodbye this way so we will plan something to celebrate your accomplishments when it is safe to do so again.  Good luck on your finals.  And thanks for always texting me back. -Brooke

Thank you to all of our the student employees in the Division of Student Success. We are so grateful for all of you and especially now in this challenging semester. I wish we could celebrate you all in person.  Thank you! Thank you! -Megan E. Bell

I wish to thank our student worker for Beth El, Sahouda.  You are so easy to work with! Whenever I ask you to help with something you are eager to do it, with a smile!  And your work is impeccable.  You have helped me with so many things, I cannot count.  I am grateful that you are in our nursing department office, and I can always depend on you!! Hope you are doing well during this crisis. Cannot wait to get back to normalcy, and see your smiling face!! -Evonne Young

The Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion would like to thank our student workers, Sky Gorgonio-Wong and Ariel McPherson, for their hard work and dedication to our office. They are both wonderful to work with, highly self-motivated, and always willing to help where needed with kindness and a smile. They have been instrumental in helping to start the Student Diversity Assembly, assisting with large-scale and small-scale events, and helping us with research-oriented tasks.

Alicia - I'm saddened that we don't get to see each other in the Office during your final semester. Congratulations on your graduation - I have no doubt that you will accomplish amazing things in life!  Your time in our office as a CSA and then as an imaging assistant has allowed us to get to know you over the years.  Not seeing you during this pandemic and then not seeing you due to graduation is so hard.  Your smile lights up our area and your energy and enthusiasm are contagious.  I wish you all the best the future holds for you.  We'll need to get together and celebrate once this passes. -Brooke

Hello!  We in Academic Advising would love to give a shout out to our front desk staff and let them know how much they are appreciated!!  Our office couldn't run as efficiently as it does without them and they are the backbone of our office. 

To:  Alice in COE HR ~ Thank you for “showing up” every day.  You always start off with a “good morning” message and can still make me laugh with a funny story, note, or picture – while cranking out work.  I appreciate you so much!  From:  Lori U.

Danny, thank you so much for all your help this year.  Being able to deliver content online and being able to access student results is critical to the grant  Without you, we would not have had nearly as much success with this project that we have had.  It is so great to be able to explain to you what we want and the goals of the project, and you competently come up with a way to make this all happen.  You have a great combination of technical expertise and good understanding of the goals of the project.-Thank you so much! -Barbara and Kayleen

Seth - Although you just recently joined our team, you took to it like a fish to water.  I know you'll do great filling Jesse's shoes.  I'm so happy we hired you and so sad that we've had to socially distance from one another this semester.  I can't wait to get caught up on all that has been going on with you.  -Brooke

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I just wanted to let you know that I miss seeing your smiling face, and hearing your laugh every day! You are such a positive person and a bright light in our office.  You are excellent in customer service and we are lucky to have you! I hope you are well and can’t wait to see you when we all return to campus! Thank you for all you do! -Jes

Kylie,I’ve had the honor of watching you grow into the truly phenomenal Financial Aid CSA that you have become, and it has been an amazing journey over the last 3 years! I cannot thank you enough for all you do, not only for our UCCS students, but for the joy and positivity you bring to the staff each and every day. You are a rockstar, and we appreciate you so much! You and your teammates are part of what makes UCCS such an awesome place to be! –Branden Williams

THANK YOU Alex for being such an awesome student employee!  You are flexible and hardworking!  We needed your super smarts on our team!  Miss seeing you and hearing about your skiing adventures and how your tests are going!  See you soon!  -Amy

Janessa, what a year it has been! It has been a real pleasure to work with you and to see all that you do for our UCCS students and families! Thank you so much for all you do, and looking forward to the next few years ahead! You are truly one of a kind, and I appreciate that so much! –Branden Williams

We greatly miss and deeply value our student staff at The Family Development Center.  The kids love our student staff and we could never do our jobs without them. -Jennifer Wells

Tye – Thank you for being a part of our team and for brining your wonderfully bright smile to work every day.  Your hard work and dedication to our students is greatly appreciated.  Thank you! Danni

Kylie, Grady, Leah, Rachel and Oliver,

We couldn’t be as successful without you. Thanks for all you do for the Graduate School. I miss seeing you all during the week so I’m going to post this picture on my desk until we are back together! Take care,


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Hi Alycia, Well it is that time of year were we formally thank our student employees. I hope that you know how much I appreciate you the rest of the year but in case you need a reminder of how awesome you are: Our ENTIRE office appreciates all the work you do so very much! I am so thankful to have gotten to know you better over these years. You have been someone I can lean on both professionally and personally. It makes my heart so sad to know you will be leaving soon and entering the next chapter of your life and yet, I couldn’t be more excited for you! I know you will truly make a difference in the lives of all the people you encounter and know that wherever you end up next you will do great things and make lasting positive changes. I believe there is no limit to what you can do! I just love your realism and will miss having you around! I’m so proud of you! Best of luck on your upcoming graduation! - Rachel

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On behalf of the UCCS Psychology Department, a huge THANK YOU to all of the Teaching, Research and Office Assistants that help us every day. We cannot do what we do without you! – Psychology Faculty & Staff

Hello Isabella! Wanted to let you know that while all this craziness is going on, I am thinking of you. I miss your face and can’t wait to see you again. Just know that you are an awesome person and an essential part of our team. Take care and see you soon!  -Bethany Wagner

To Kylie,

Thank you so much for your incredible work while I was out on parental leave! I could not have left the office in better hands. Thank you for making it easy to focus on my son and leave work at work.- KrisAnn McBroom

Career Center student staff! We’d be lost without you! You all are rock stars and the true spirit of the office. We love your creativity in crafting posters, social media posts, buttons and even decorations for our space. You bring enthusiasm to every event and we are missing your smiles in the office during COVID-19. Thank you for working hard during this time from a distance. We love you all! ~ Career Center Office Staff

To Leah, Grady, Kylie, Rachel , and Oliver,

Thank you for all you to do to help our office run. We could not do this without you!!!- KrisAnn McBroom