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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 questions.

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 job sites.

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 Program Website.
    • 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 records.
    • 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 figure."
    • 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 study course.
    • 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.