• SEOTY

Student Employee of the Year Awards

The Florida State University Student Employee of the Year Award seeks to recognize Florida State’s outstanding student employees for their contributions to the university.

The Career Center coordinates and hosts the FSU Student Employee of the Year Awards. Nominations are accepted from faculty and staff members to highlight student employee’s excellence specifically in the areas of professionalism, initiative, customer service, and critical thinking. Nominated student employees are formally recognized in April at the Student Employee of the Year Award Ceremony. All nominees are considered for the following Awards:

  • Torch Award (Customer Service Excellence Category)
  • Vires Award (Initiative Category)
  • Artes Award (Critical Thinking Category)
  • Mores Award (Professionalism Category)
  • Toni DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year Award (Overall Winner)

 

Awards and Nominations

The Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year

Overall Winner

The Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year Award is bestowed upon the outstanding Student Employee that, on a daily basis, demonstrates strength, skill, and character while delivering exceptional customer service and always going above and beyond the duties of their role.

Torch Award
The Torch Award is given to the Student Employee who demonstrates excellent customer service.

Vires Award
Given to the Student Employee who goes above and beyond, taking initiative in their role.

Artes Award
Given to the Student Employee who demonstrates critical thinking skills in the workplace.

Mores Award
Given to the Student Employee who exemplifies outstanding professionalism in all aspects of their job.

Nomination Criteria

For FSU students to participate and be nominated as the SEOTY, they must meet the minimum qualifications

  • Degree-seeking student (undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Nominees may be undergraduate/graduate students employed as Student Assistants, Federal Work Study, Student Interns, Student Ambassadors, or Graduate/Teaching/Research Assistants
  • Must be employed by Florida State University for a minimum of 3 months at time of nomination
  • Students must be in good academic standing with the university
  • Pursuing degree at either FSU Tallahassee, FL or FSU Panama City, FL campuses

Students who are nominated and meet the above criteria will be considered for all five awards.

 

Nomination Form

Quality Nomination Example

History of Student Employee of the Year

Each year, colleges and universities from across the nation collectively participate in National Student Employment Week (NSEW) to formally recognize institutional excellence stemming from the gains and contributions of student employees.

The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) coordinates a selection process and chooses the National Student Employee of the Year to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college. In order to be considered for this award, students from colleges and universities across the nation must be nominated and win at their institution and at the regional level. The regional association for Florida State University is the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators (SASEA).

History of SEOTY at Florida State University

In Spring 2015, The Career Center launched the inaugural FSU Student Employee of the Year Award (SEOTY) in order to highlight and recognize the contributions of 8,300+ on-campus FSU Student Employees. The SEOTY Award furthers institutional goal of becoming a Top 25 Public Institution. Each year the second week in April has been designated as Student Employee Week in the state of Florida by Governor Rick Scott.

2015 Ceremony

The inaugural campaign yielded 74 nominations from 29 campus units, including 22 academic departments and university partner, the National High Magnetic Laboratory. The Selection Committee was comprised of representatives from Student Financial Services, Human Resources, Office of Financial Aid, Undergraduate Studies, Office of Communications, Student Government Association, and the Division of Student Affairs. During the SEOTY Award Ceremony, each student nominee was recognized and the following award winners were announced:

  • Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year (Overall Winner): Rebecca Garrett, Department of Mathematics
  • Torch Award (Customer Service Excellence Category): Jaclyn Glazier, College of Arts & Sciences Advising Office
  • Vires Award (Initiative Category): Charles Fernandez, Controller’s Office
  • Artes Award (Critical Thinking Category): Andrea Llewellyn, Center for Leadership & Social Change
  • Mores Award (Professionalism Category): Hannah Everett, Center for Global Engagement
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Vires (Strength) Award: Charles Fernandez, Controller’s Office (bottom left), Artes (Skill) Award: Andrea Llewellyn, Center for Leadership and Social Change (top right), Mores (Character) Award: Hannah Everett, Center for Global Engagement (top left), Torch Award: Jaclyn Glazier, College of Arts and Sciences (bottom right), Tony DiBenedetto Overall Student Employee of the Year Award: Rebecca Garrett, Department of Mathematics (center)

 

2016 Ceremony

In April 2016, the Florida State University Career Center hosted the 2nd Annual SEOTY Award Ceremony. A total of 150 nominations were received from across campus representing diverse departments and divisions. A selection committee made up of campus staff members from Human Resources, Office of Financial Aid, Student Government Association, and the Division of Student Affairs selected awardees in the following categories:

  • Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year (Overall Winner): Margaret Scheiner, Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Torch Award (Customer Service Excellence Category): Dustin Lynch, International Programs
  • Vires Award (Initiative Category): Jordan Chupp, Campus Recreation
  • Artes Award (Critical Thinking Category): E’lexis Brewer, Center for Academic & Professional Development
  • Mores Award (Professionalism Category): Shane Morris, FSU Medical Response Unit
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(From left to right) – Myrna Hoover, Jordan Chupp, Dustin Lynch, Margaret Scheiner, Shane Morris, E’Lexis Brewer, Tony DiBenedetto

2017 Ceremony

On April 10, 2017, the Florida State University Career Center hosted the 3rd Annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award Ceremony. A total of 150 nominations were received from across campus representing diverse departments and divisions. This number was a 100% increase from the inaugural nomination period. A selection committee made up of campus staff members from Human Resources, Office of Financial Aid, Student Government Association, and the Division of Student Affairs selected awardees in the following categories:

  •          Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year (Overall Winner): Maria Montano, Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement
  •          Torch Award (Customer Service Excellence Category): Lauren Apgar, Career Center
  •          Vires Award (Initiative Category): Jordan Landers, Campus Recreation
  •          Artes Award (Critical Thinking Category): Hannah McLaughlin, College of Social Work
  •          Mores Award (Professionalism Category): Allison Metcalf, Office of the Provost
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2017 SEOTY Winners: Mores (Character) Award: Allison Metcalf, Office of the Provost (left), Torch Award: Lauren Apgar, The Career Center (left center), Tony DiBenedetto Overall Student Employee of the Year Award: Maria Montano, Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement (right center), Vires (Strength) Award: Jordan Landers, Campus Recreation (right). Not pictured: Artes (Skill) Award: Hannah McLaughlin, College of Social Work