Month: December 2017


Student Staff Member of the Month

School: Truman State University Region: MACURH
Nominee: Hannah Kruse Nominator: Cole Keiper and Sammy Garrett

On-Campus Population: 2600 Chapter Size: 26

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

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 student advisors.

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 December 2017.

Word Count: 595

Date of entry into database: 2017-12-30 01:03:11

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