• 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.

Nominate a Student

Step-by-Step Guide to Nominate a Student

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) I $200 Scholarship
  • Vires Award (Initiative Category) I $200 Scholarship
  • Artes Award (Critical Thinking Category) I $200 Scholarship
  • Mores Award (Professionalism Category) I $200 Scholarship
  • Tony DiBenedetto Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award (Overall Winner) I $500 Scholarship
  • Tony DiBenedetto Graduate Student Employee of the Year Award (Overall Winner) I $500 Scholarship

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. There will be both an undergraduate and a graduate student winner in this category.

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. Nominations need to be completed in its entirety to be considered.  

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.

In 2019, the institutional winner Abigail Centers was selected as the regional Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators (SASEA) winner. 

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

2018 Ceremony

On April 9, 2018, the Florida State University Career Center hosted the 4rd Annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award Ceremony. Over 80 nominations were received from across campus representing diverse departments and divisions. A selection committee made up of campus staff members from Division of Academic Affairs, University Relations, Division of University Advancement, Division of Research, 2016 Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year, Division of Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs selected awardees in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year (Overall Winner): Wyatt Harrell, College of Motion Picture Arts
  • Graduate Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year (Overall Winner): Kelly Borges, FSU Athletics.
  • Torch Award (Customer Service Excellence Category): Grace Atkins, Opening Nights.
  • Vires Award (Initiative Category): Clare Davis, Campus Recreation
  • Artes Award (Critical Thinking Category): Rosalia Parrino, Campus Recreation, and Georgia Platt, Department of Biological Science.
  • Mores Award (Professionalism Category): Blake Tipping, The Career Center.
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2018 SEOTY Winners (from left to right): Mores (Character) Award: Blake Tipping, The Career Center, Artes (Critical Thinking) Award: Rosalia Parrino, Campus Recreation, Graduate Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year Award: Kelly Borges, Athletics, Vires (Initiative) Award: Clare Davis, Campus Recreation, Undergraduate Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year Award: Wyatt Harrell, College of Motion Pictures Arts, Torch (Customer Service) Award: Grace Atkins, Opening Nights, Artes (Critical Thinking) Award: Georgia Platt, Department of Biological Science

2019 Ceremony

On April 8, 2019, the Florida State University Career Center hosted the 5TH Annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award Ceremony. More than 100 nominations were received from departments and divisions from both the Tallahassee and Panama City campuses.  A selection committee made up of campus staff members from Division of Academic Affairs, University Relations, Division of University Advancement, Division of Research, 2018 Tony DiBenedetto Graduate Student Employee of the Year, Division of Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs selected awardees in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year and 2019 SASEA Student Employee of the Year: Abigail Centers, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • Graduate Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year: Tyler Bruefach, Campus Recreation
  • Torch Award (Customer Service Category): Ankit Patel, ACE Learning Studio
  • Vires Award (Initiative Category): Denis Aleman, Florida Center for Reading Research
  • Artes Award (Critical Thinking Category): Taegan Dennis, Strozier Library
  • Mores Award (Professionalism Category): Lindsey Reyes, Student Government Association

Abigail Centers advanced for consideration at the regional level through the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators (SASEA). Regional judges selected Abigail as the 2019 SASEA Student Employee of the Year from a group of 22 finalists who were chosen to represent their institutions from a pool of 800 students nominated in the region. This is the first time FSU’s institutional winner also received the regional award.

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2019 SEOTY Winners (from left to right): Torch (Customer Service) Award: Ankit Patel, ACE Learning Studio,  Mores (Professionalism) Award: Lindsey REYES, Student Government Association, Graduate Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year Award: Tyler Bruefach, Campus Recreation, Undergraduate Tony DiBenedetto Student Employee of the Year Award: Abigail Centers, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Vires (Initiative) Award: Denis Aleman, Florida Center for Reading Research, Artes (Critical Thinking) Award: Taegan Dennis, Strozier Library

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