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Valerie Valerio

Awards

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award
ABCD Award

The Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award was established in 2008 to recognize student employees in Purdue Dining & Catering and University Residences whose actions make a difference at the university and how they contribute to excellence within these two departments. It is awarded four times throughout the academic year and is a $300 award that was included in each of these student’s paychecks.

Winners:
October 2013:
William Dorsey from Athletic Dining Room, nominated by Mary Jo Zeiser
December 2013: Bradley Knoblock, Ford Dining Court, nominated by Kathy Vill
February 2014: Jake Nolan, Housing and Food Services Marketing, nominated by Jackie Perkins
April 2014: Katherine (Katie) Martin, Harrison Grillé and Cary Knight Spot Grill, nominated by Judy Sharkey
October 2015: Brandon Belcher, Hillenbrand Dining Court, nominated by Charlotte Kalish
December 2015: Bradley Knoblock, Ford Dining Court, nominated by Ashley Sarjent
February 2016: Junxi Guan, LaSalsa Restaurant, nominated by Judy Sharkey
April 2016: Sarah Angley, Undergrounds Cafe, nominated by Wanda Woodhams
October 2016: Daniel Cahil, Third Street Starbucks, nominated by Katie Westfall
December 2016: Joe Youngkeit, Port, nominated by Whitney Woods
February 2017: Amanda Williams, Wiley Dining Court, nominated by Alicia Oliver
April 2017: Valerie Valerio, Port Café, nominated by Whitney Wood


First-Year Student Success Award

The First-Year Student Success Award is awarded to a Dining & Catering student employee that is a freshman that shows great potential for growth and had started at work prior to September 15.

Winner:
2014-2015:
Sarah Wentland from Wiley Dining Court, nominated by Alicia Oliver
2015-2016: Jeremy Benziger from Wiley Dining Court, nominated by Alicia Oliver


NSEA Student Employee of the Year Award

Each spring the National Student Employment Association 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.

Winners:
2013-2014:
Ashley Culross from Starbucks, nominated by Peggy Hunley
2014-2015: Stephanie Buehler from Athletic Dining Room, nominated by Carolyn Shultz
2015-2016: Avery Sameshima from Harrison Grillé, nominated by Arline Sprau


William H. “Bill” Rumple Residence Dining Hall Head Captain Award

This award was established in recognition of William and Tim Rumple. Both of these men provided outstanding service to University Residences Dining Services as former Head Waiters at Fowler Court and Cary Quadrangle. This award is given annually to a Student Manager or Student Coordinator in Residential Dining Services who has achieved distinction in leadership while employed for Dining Services.

Winners:
2013-2014: Daniel Misch from Harrison Grillé, recommended by Erik Kurdelak
2014-2015: Kelsey Gehlhausen from Harrison Grillé, nominated by Judy Sharkey
2015-2016: Allexys Woodward from Earhart Dining Court, nominated by Kathy Vill


Sarah Johnson and AndreaSarah Johnson Oustanding Student Employee of the Year Award

The Sarah Johnson Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award Fund was established to recognize the many contributions of Sarah Johnson, former director of Residential Dining for University Residences. Sarah dedicated over 37 years to students at Purdue University and National Association of Colleges & University Food Services (NACUFS). The Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award is selected on reliability, quality of work, initiative, teamwork and contribution to Purdue Dining & Catering. 

Winners:
2013-2014: Bradley Knoblock from Ford Dining Court, nominated by Kathy Vill
2014-2015: Chris Lucas from Athletic Dining Room, nominated by Mary Jo Zeiser
2015-2016: Andrea Hallmen from Ford Dining Court, nominated by Ashley Sargent


Wiltshire Work Ethic Award

This award recognizes a student whose work exemplifies the standards of excellence in quality and service for which Mrs. Wiltshire strove toward during her 25 years of service to the residence halls and Purdue University. Wiltshire Work Ethic Award is awarded to an Earhart student employee that has worked 2 semesters or longer, has a 2.5 GPA, and shows consistent and excellent work ethic.

Winner:
2014-2015: Darci Simmons from Earhart Dining Court, nominated by Kathy Vill
2015-2016: Heidi Jones from Earhart Dining Court, nominated by Kathy Vill


MASEA (Midwest Association Student Employment Administrators) Purdue Student Supervisor of the Year

MASEA Student Supervisor of the Year Award is awarded to a Purdue Dining & Catering student supervisor. The student has to be in good academic standing, nominated by professional staff, and shows mentoring, professionalism, and excellent leadership.

Winner:
2014-2015: Chris Lucas from Athletic Dining Room, nominated by Mary Jo Zeiser
2015-2016: Kristen Bischoff from Cary Knight Spot Grill, nominated by Stephanie Packer