Congratulations to the 2023 Shine Award Recipients

The Shine Awards recognize outstanding student employees for their contributions to their teams and the university and for their leadership in professional formation, as well as supervisors and on-campus employers who provide opportunities and guide and mentor student employees in their personal and professional development.

Congratulations to the recipients below of this year's Shine Awards and thank you to all of our nominees for their outstanding work in Student Employment.

2023 Student Employee of the Year: Cullin Egge, '23 | Research Assistant, Matteo Ricci Institute | Spanish Subject Specialist: Tutor & Conversation Group Leader, Learning Assistance Programs

Exceptional Undergraduate Student Employee: Gracie Hiteshew '24 | Desk Coordinator at Chardin Hall, Housing & Residence Life

Exceptional Graduate Student Employee: Gabby Rios '24 | Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Supervisor of the Year: Dr. Ariana Mendible | Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Best Place to Work On Campus: Student Success & Outreach


The Shine Awards aim to affirm that professional formation has always been centered in existing leadership & programming in one or more of the following ways:  

  • Providing meaningful experiential learning, career competency development, and work opportunities for students.
  • Advising students in discovering and pursuing opportunities to gain experience
  • Supporting students in making informed decisions aligned with their values, goals, and interests
  • Helping students articulate their career competencies and career options
  • Modeling innovative and progressive practices that support equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace
  • Displaying responsiveness, availability, concern, and respect concerning a student’s experience toward professional formation
  • Maintaining and advocating for policies that support and advance representation in careers and the workplace
  • Connecting students with networks and resources

The Shine Awards Have Transitioned To The Office of Student Employment

We are delighted to hand over the Shine Awards to the Office of Student Employment. The aim is to develop the Shine Awards into a cherished tradition on our campus and to continue honoring and celebrating the exceptional dedication and contributions of our on-campus student employees and their supervisors. 

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has been involved in the Shine Awards since their inception in 2020. Our gratitude is extended to the nominators, the selection committees, and all those who have supported this initiative. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and we are grateful for your unwavering support.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the transition or the Shine Awards in general, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Again, thank you, together, let us continue to shine the light on the exceptional work performed by student employees and inspire our campus community to reach new heights in high-impact career practices.