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Tippie Student Named Iowa Student Employee of the Year for 2007-08

Chelsea Hillman, a University of Iowa student who has spent the past four years helping UI students and alumni take voyages around the world, has been named the UI Student Employee of the Year for 2007-08.

Hillman, of Muscatine, was selected from among 52 student employees nominated by their supervisors for special recognition. Annually, the UI employs approximately 8,000 students in hourly positions.

Hillman is an undergraduate student majoring in management and marketing in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business and who works as the student travel assistant with the Alumni Association's Iowa Voyagers. In this role, Hillman has spent the past four years helping organize travel plans for UI students and alumni. She will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

The National Student Employment Association sponsors the National Student Employee of the Year competition and winners are announced in conjunction with National Student Employment Week, which this year runs from Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 19. Students are selected based on the following criteria: reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution.

"It is important to recognize the efforts of all student employees as they play a vital role in the achievement of the university's mission," said Cindy Seyfer, UI associate director of Student Financial Aid at the UI who will present the awards to the winners at their place of employment. "They bring a fresh perspective, new ideas and creative energy to the job."

Diane Baker, Iowa Voyagers Alumni Travel director, nominated Hillman, who has worked there since 2004. Hillman created a marketing plan that impressed Contiki Vacations enough to grant Iowa Voyagers a $3,000 in sponsorship. Currently, Hillman is involved with staff development and professional associations, serves on the selection committee for the Dr. Ken Magid Child Advocacy Scholarship awards, plans, markets, and oversees the success of trips, provides customer service, and maintains records and reports.

"As an employer, I have been extremely impressed with this young woman's intelligence, creativity, sense of responsibility, resourcefulness, marketing skills, maturity, and work ethic," Baker said.

During her time with the Iowa Voyagers, Hillman has created a marketing plan of which she set the annual budget and goals, made advertising and promotion contacts on and off campus, developed display materials, helped write surveys, acquired mailing authorizations, made public presentations, scheduled and staffed tables at information fairs, helped recruit sponsors, fielded inquiries, and provided customer service to both students and parents. In addition to her plan, she has occasionally filled in for Baker at conferences as well as been a representative of the association as a sophomore during a 16-day trip to Europe, just to name a few of her accomplishments.

"Chelsea is the kind of young person that makes me feel optimistic about the future of the next generation," Baker said. "I have no doubt Chelsea will be snapped up by a lucky employer soon after she graduates."

In addition to the campus winner, nine student employees were recognized for their work with certificates of distinction and appreciation. On Tuesday, April 8, UI President Sally Mason and her husband, Ken, hosted a luncheon at their home for the student winners. The university encourages all units to participate in celebrating the efforts of their student hourly employees during National Student Employment Week.

Two Tippie undergraduate students were awarded certificates of appreciation:

Bonnie Till, who works as a student marketing consultant for the UI Division of Continuing Education

Timothy Rigdon, who works as an alternative exams services proctor for Student Disability Services.

For more information on this award or the students recognized, contact Seyfer at 319-335-1460.

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