Student Employee of the Year
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For twenty-five years, the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Program has recognized numerous student employees across the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Over the past two decades the SEOTY program collaborated with the other campuses in the UH System to recognize their employees as well.
History of the Program
Our SEOTY Program and Awards Ceremony was developed before a Regional and National Competition was put together by the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators and the National Student Employment Association (NSEA), respectively. The idea for this recognition program on our campus was developed by Myrtle Ching-Rappa, Director of the former Student Employment & Cooperative Education Office, the department that initially held the event.
The SEOTY Program has proven our excellence with many outstanding student employees. Many of them have become State Winners and Regional Winners; we were also blessed with having a National Winner. The year that NSEA held the 1st Annual National Student Employee of the Year Awards, UHM's Student Employee of the Year 1995, Teresa Lui, became the very first national winner.
Improvements to the SEOTY Program
Plans are underway to improve on the SEOTY Program. For Student Employee of the Year 2011, we want to change up the program and other events than what we have been used to in the past few years. Everything needs a change, and it's time for SEOTY to enter this process. Over the years, we have expanded by including other campuses in the UH System and introduced a new category into the SEOTY Program, the Student Employee Team of the Year! Some ideas include, but are not limited to:
- Mini-Craft Fair on the day of our Awards Ceremony
- A change in the Event Program at the luncheon
- Sponsorships from other organizations to enlarge the event
- Increase our spectrum of advertising
To learn more about the SEOTY program and to learn how your participation in the Craft Fair and Silent Auction helps the University of Hawaii's student employees click on the link below to go to the Mānoa Career Center website. If you have any questions please contact Noreen Okikawa.