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Recognizing Stellar Student Employees and Supervisors

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Each year, the Student Employee and Supervisor of the Year Awards, hosted by Stony Brook’s Career Center, recognizes stellar student employees and supervisors for their hard work and dedication.

Student awards
Sophie Pesano, first place winner for Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year, and the Athletics team.

“Student Employment and Intern of the Year awards has been an amazing way to recognize the work students across campus provide for academic and administrative departments for the university and the support to Stony Brook Medicine,” remarked Tara Bolettieri, student employment specialist. “It was great to see this event return back to an in-person format this year, bringing together students, faculty and staff to celebrate this exciting event.” 

The Student Employment program from the Career Center presents students and their supervisors with resources and support to provide students with experiential learning and development opportunities to prepare students for productive and successful careers. 

The first place Graduate Grand Prize winner was Devon Hannan, graduate assistant at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI); Intern of the Year was awarded to Dylan Rehman, intern at the Career Center; and the Undergraduate Grand Prize winner was Sophie Pesano, student assistant at Athletics. 

Students were honored to be recognized for their work by their supervisors and peers. It was such an honor to receive the Intern of the Year award,” said Rehman. “The entire Career Coaching Intern Team makes showing up and giving 100 percent a no brainer, and being a part of such an amazing team was the true award.” 

Pesano’s outstanding work was also acknowledged at a national level as one of the top student employees in the country by the National Student Employment Association. She received a $250 check as well as recognition certificates. 

The Supervisor of the Year award was presented to John Shackelford, lead programmer and analyst for Student Health and Wellness. He was nominated by his student employee, Faye Valmores.

Below is the complete list of winners: 

Impact Awards

This year’s awards included a new category, the Impact Award, to recognize the students and the supervisors who received three or more nominations, showing the that impact these individuals are making on campus.

Student Winners: 

  • Eileen Escobedo, Student Media
  • Anthoni Haynes, Student Media 
  • Evangeline Parlapanides, Career Center
  • Camilo Rubbini, Hispanic Languages and Literature
  • Sayma Tasmin, College of Business & Student Centers 

Supervisor Winners:

  • Jessica Armstrong, Graduate School Office of Student Services
  • Maria Bonacore, Athletics 
  • Isobel Breheny-Schafer, Student Community Development 
  • Christine Greenberg, Graduate School Office of Student Services
  • David Komatsu, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Elizabeth Ann Moon, Career Center

Excellence in Teamwork
Supervisors nominated student employees/interns for their ability to maintain and create a positive team culture. 

Rebecca Lietzau, Student Support Team

Outstanding New Employee
Supervisors nominated student employees/interns for their fast learning and potential in the workplace.

Haruka Oshikawa, Career Center

Excellence in Creativity and Innovation
Supervisors nominated student employees/interns for making a significant change or impact in the workplace.

Arlene Alvarez, iCreate

Outstanding Professionalism
Supervisors nominated students for showing exemplary professionalism in the workplace. 

Nicole Barle, Psychology

Supervisor of the Year

Third Place: Ray Anderson, Jazz
Second Place: Amy Cook, The Academy of Civic Life
First Place: John Shackelford, Student Health and Wellness

Intern of the Year 

Third Place: Siobhan Cohen, Radiology
Second Place: Sara Jaramillo, History
First Place: Dylan Rehman, Career Center

Graduate Student Employee of the Year 

Third Place: Emily Pulver, Academic Success & Tutoring Center
Second Place: Abigail Nishimura, The Academy of Civic Life
First Place: Devon Hannan, OLLI

Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year 

Third Place: Andrew Dong, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Kimberly Janowski, Athletics
Second Place: Xinqing Li, Occupational Therapy
First Place: Sophia Pesano, Athletics

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