I’m very excited to nominate Joel Wilper for Student Staff Member of
the Month for July 2018 at Truman State University. Throughout
Summer 2018, Joel served as the Housing Intern for Residence Life.
Though he served the department diligently all summer, Joel really
excelled in his position in July 2018. |
Joel is an incoming Senior at Truman State University and for the
past two years, Joel served as a Student Advisor at TSU. As Joel
considered his summer plans, he sought out the Housing Intern
position to expand his knowledge of the inter-workings of Residence
Life and continue to develop his leadership and customer service
skills. As the Housing Intern, Joel was responsible for assisting
with the supervision of five student Conference Assistants,
maintaining the day to day operations of the housing portion of
Truman’s Camps and Conferences, and working with other members of
Residence Life on special projects.
As the Housing Intern, one of Joel’s primary roles was to supervise
five student Conference Assistants. While Joel had some supervision
experience, this was his first experience doing long-term
supervision of other students. Through July 2018 I saw Joel strive
to improve and develop his supervision skills. Joel did a great job
of creating individualized relationships with each Conference
Assistant. He was incredibly devoted to learning about each employee
as an individual so that he was better able to serve their needs.
Knowing each staff member well also allowed Joel to help plan and
assign tasks that allowed each staff member to use their strengths
and collaborate well with the rest of the team. Joel did a great job
of helping prepare professional development opportunities during
staff meetings for his staff. This led to a lot of personal and
professional growth for the entire summer staff team.
Throughout July 2018, Joel assisted with working with 12 different
camps and did an outstanding job of keeping work organized. Joel
made sure that he always had a detailed list of the work that needed
to be completed for each camp and then helped delegate tasks out to
his employees. One of the things that I valued most about Joel’s
work was his willingness to pitch in and help with tasks that were
less “fun” or required a lot of time and effort. Joel did a great
job of ensuring all rooms were prepared for camps in a timely manner
and that participants had an excellent on-campus experience at TSU.
Joel did a great job of developing working relationships with the
contacts for each camp, which allowed for open lines of
communication to flow back and forth. This made for an excellent
work environment and deescalated many situations which could have
been much more stressful. Joel also facilitated the placement of
microfridge units throughout campus. This was a new task that was
assigned to the Housing Intern, and Joel made this process a huge
success by ensuring that all information was accurate and organized
for the movers.
Joel also worked on some projects during July 2018. In addition to
managing the microfridge moving process, Joel helped create an in-
depth continuity report for future Housing Interns that included
pertinent details about the position and consistent camps. Joel also
worked with his staff to deep clean and organization a storage room
that was quite a mess. Joel did a great job of keeping his staff
positive and engaged throughout this project; the end product is so
nice and more user-friendly.
Joel Wilper served as an outstanding Housing Intern during July 2018
and should be the Student Staff Member of the Month for TSU!
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