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IUPUI University College seeks nominations for Student Employment Appreciation Week awards

INDIANAPOLIS – Student Employment Appreciation Week at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis takes place April 8 to 12, and for the first time, off-campus student employees and off-campus supervisors of student employees can receive nominations for appreciation awards. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15.

Student Employment Appreciation Week at IUPUI, sponsored by University College, is filled with campus events that are both educational and fun. For example, students can learn how to dress appropriately for interviews and how to give a proper handshake.

The invitation-only award ceremony for student employees and their supervisors will include a luncheon and takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 9 in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. With this year’s change, appreciation awards are offered in four categories: Student Employee of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Off-Campus Student Employee of the Year and Off-Campus Supervisor of the Year.

Expanding the award categories allows off-campus supervisors to get more involved with IUPUI and Student Employment Appreciation Week, and to foster a better connection with their IUPUI student employees.

“With this new component we really wanted to reach out to the off-campus supervisors to vote for their IUPUI students,” said Craig Pelka, student employment consultant for the Office of Student Employment, University College. Additionally, Pelka said, “the importance of student employment while in college can be transformational.”

Research shows that students who work 20 hours or less per week while in college are better prepared for the work force. Those who work on campus have an even bigger advantage: It has been demonstrated that those students have higher GPAs, can better relate their work to their major and are more involved on the campus.

“Students who work on campus get a chance to see the university from a different angle; they see the entire behind-the-scenes work involved in serving students,” Pelka said.

For more information, contact Harriett Bennett at 317-274-5036 or email