While the job of an office assistant may seem mundane, there is much
more to the job than meets the eye. At Truman State University,
residence halls hire office assistants to aid Residence Life staff.
In December, the need for help rises exponentially as the semester
comes to a close. When thinking of going above and beyond in this
capacity, I think of Hannah Kruse, an office assistant in Ryle Hall
at Truman. Her readiness to help, preparations to help close the
building, and organization skills prove her deserving of recognition
as Student Staff Member of the Month in December 2017.|
For residence halls at Truman, December is quite hectic due to the
necessity to close down the building for winter break. Hannah took
it upon herself to prepare closing materials for student staff
members to hang on their bulletin boards; she even helped hang them.
During closing, many students need to transport belongings from
their room to their vehicle. To aid in this process, Hannah was
available to distribute large bins for students to transport their
items in. Hannah also cleared the public bulletin boards in the
building of expired advertisements to prepare for next semester.
With Hannah’s efforts, closing was made much easier.
Throughout the semester, I have seen Hannah’s organization skills on
innumerable occasions, but they had the opportunity to shine in
December. Before residents were able to check out the large bins,
the bins were in need of an organizing upgrade. Luckily, Hannah was
there to save the day. Hannah took extra time out of her day to
create a labeling system for the bins in order for them to be more
easily tracked when residents checked them out from the hall desk.
Hannah also directly affected the atmosphere of the student staff
office. She created a list of the now diminishing supplies in the
office so the hall director would know what to order for resupply
over winter break. The supply list also provided student advisors a
central location to organize their individual needs. Furthermore,
Hannah took time to update the student advisor duty calendar, which
helped tremendously as finals week duty can be easily overlooked by
Additionally, Hannah was willing to offer her assistance outside of
assigned tasks. The hall desk manager has the responsibility of
completing an audit of the hall desk prior to closing to prepare for
the coming semester and replace broken or missing materials. On her
own accord, Hannah helped the hall desk manager of Ryle by
completing a package audit and organizing the games in the hall desk
closet in order to make the later sorting of the games easier upon
the manager. Upon completing this and any other tasks bestowed upon
her, Hannah could be seen asking Laina if she needed extra help.
Laina was extremely grateful to hand off some of her work to Hannah.
With the upbeat and helpful personality of Hannah, December was a
much less stressful time in Ryle Hall.
Through aiding in closing the building, her organization skills, and
willingness to help, Hannah Kruse made December one for the books.
Many office assistants do only what is required to obtain the hours
needed for compensation. However, Hannah has gone above and beyond
in every aspect of her job. Through December alone, she has shown
her talents and selfless attitude in her job. Hannah’s skills of
maintaining organization in these many facets as the office
assistant are commendable and appreciated. For these reasons, Hannah
deserves recognition as Student Staff Member of the month for
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