The annual Student Employee, Intern and Community Service Awards Ceremony, organized by the Stony Brook University Career Center during National Student Employment Week, was held in the Student Activities Center on April 12 to celebrate and honor supervisors and students who work on campus, intern and serve their communities.
Assistant Vice President for Career Development and Experiential Education Marianna Savoca and Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Ric McClendon delivered the opening remarks.
“When we think about some of the reasons that student employment is so important, we think about growth and development,” Savoca said. “We think about students who are willing to take a risk, get out of their comfort zone, try something new, learn a new skill, develop a new career readiness, competency, and add value to the work that’s done on campus. So not only are students developing themselves, but also contributing to the life of the campus in the work of every department on campus.”
The 2023 award winners:
Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award
This award is given annually to an undergraduate student who went above and beyond in the workplace and who took initiative in approaching projects. This year’s winners are Jake Giorlando, Jiaming He and Amanda Nuzzo.
Graduate Student Employee of the Year Award
This award is given annually to a graduate student who went above and beyond in the workplace and who took initiative in approaching projects. This year’s winners are Camelley Chen, Valerie Cheransky and Devon Coutts.
Intern of the Year Award
The intern of the year award recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who complete an internship with an on campus department. This year’s winners are Pelin Bozok, Rosmanny Brito and Ricky Lin.
Outstanding New Employee Award
This award recognizes a new employee who has significant potential in the workplace. This year’s winner is Lucy Gordon.
Excellence in Creativity & Innovation Award
This award recognizes a student employee or intern who warrants particular recognition for their ability to make a significant new change or impact in the workplace. This year’s winners are Patrick Abel and Amanda Nuzzo.
Excellence in Teamwork Award
The excellence in teamwork award recognizes a student employee or intern who exhibits the ability to maintain and create a positive team culture. This year’s winner is Santiago Sanabria.
Excellence in Community Service Award
This award, new for 2023, recognizes an exceptional student engaged in community service. This year’s winner is Andrew Fu.
Supervisor of the Year Award
This award was established to recognize the integral part that the supervisor plays in the education of a student employee or intern. The winner was selected based on efforts to provide student employees an opportunity to demonstrate responsibility and to feel like part of the staff, and encourage the use of initiative, academic background and/or skill sets of the student employees they supervise. This year’s winners are Breanne Delligatti, Natalie Korba and Ashley Mercado-Ortiz.