CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 9, 1999
UI honors nine student employees
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has named Keita
Kashiwagi its Iowa Student Employee of the Year.
Kashiwagi, a tutor for the UI New Dimensions in Learning
Office, is one of nine student employees recognized in conjunction with National
Student Employment Week, April 4-10. In addition to the UI recognition, Kashiwagi
has been named Student Employee of the Year by the state of Iowa, which looked
at all state schools.
The Japanese native tutors students in upper-level science
courses and works with 10-12 students each semester (compared to an average
of three to four per tutor). He is credited with instilling confidence in
students and creating an environment in which they feel comfortable asking
Philip Jones, UI vice president of student services, will
present Kashiwagi the awards April 15 at the New Dimensions in Learning Office
in Calvin Hall. Kashiwagi will also receive an Iowa Memorial Union bookstore
certificate and monetary award from the Midwest Association of Student Employment
Administrators on behalf of its Iowa members.
Cindy Seyfer, UI assistant director of Student Financial
Aid, will present the eight remaining students with certificates at their
Students receiving Certificates of Distinction are:
- Luong Banh of Ankeny, an Honors Program student
staff member. Among other things, Banh is credited with initiating
the renovation of the Honors House basement and redesigning the Honors
- Jason Bertini of Wheaton, Ill., an Information Technology
Services assistant employed by the Iowa COMPASS office of the University
Hospital School. Bertini is credited with creating a Web base with a search
engine capable of accessing a database of nearly 10,000 complex agency
- Kent Brockman of Iowa City, the Bicycle Repair Shop
supervisor for the Mayor's Youth Employment Program, some of whose participants
include youth referred by the juvenile courts and Iowa Department of Social
Services. Brockman is credited with serving as a role model and "big brother
- Shannon Ivory of Oakdale, Minn., an education associate
for Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School (an off campus work-study site).
Shannon has worked as a classroom associate, playground supervisor, tech
associate, substitute secretary and kindergarten reader. She was responsible
for opening a new computer lab at the Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center.
- Janice Rutkowski of Iowa City, a geology intern for
the Hydrogeologic and Environmental Studies Section of the Geological
Survey Bureau. Initially one of her primary duties was to perform computerized
searches of water well records. Because of her accuracy and efficiency
she has been able to assume research and data entry responsibilities for
the more analytical task of developing a public water-supply well database
for the State of Iowa.
Students receiving Certificates of Appreciation are:
- Jennifer Hill of Iowa City, a student clerk and ITC
monitor for the Pathology Learning Center. Hill taught herself to code
in HTML and was instrumental in creating a number of instructional units
for the Virtual Hospital. She has created Web-delivered image-based study
materials for students and course material for instructors. In addition,
she has developed WebCT-delivered quizzes for a Medical Technology independent
- Kathryn Elder of Yankton, S.D., an office assistant
for the UI department of dance. Elder has full responsibility for cross-referencing
dates; checking course schedules for 35 courses, teachers and rooms; and
scheduling rehearsal space weekly for faculty and 135 undergraduate students.
- Carolyn Nelson of Thornton, an office assistant for
the Organizational Development unit of the VA Medical Center (an off campus
work-study site). She has helped to develop a Career Transition Center
for employees who are being dismissed from their jobs or wanting a change
in career. She has used her computer skills to enhance the Career Transition
Center as well as keep the communication links functioning properly between
the VA Medical Centers in Iowa and Nebraska.