Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 20, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 20, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 31
JHU Salutes Its Student Employees and Their Employers

Student Employer of the Year Frank Richardson with four of his nominators, Adam Ammar, Jessica Turral, Rasheedat Yussuf and Lindsey Leslie.
Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS

Amid thunderous applause, an astounded Frank Richardson, escort services coordinator for Campus Safety and Security at Homewood, was named Student Employer of the Year for the second consecutive year, at a ceremony held April 8 in the Glass Pavilion.

Richardson was nominated this year by five students, four of whom joined him on stage to tell those gathered of his "phenomenal" leadership and mentoring qualities.

For 2009, the National Student Employment Association added a graduate student category to the event, allowing institutions to submit both undergraduate and graduate student winners for consideration on the regional and national levels.

The Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year award went to Bryant Smith, a junior majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Simy Buckwold, Smith's supervisor in the School of Medicine's Otolaryngology Research Department, said that Smith excels in the areas of reliability, contribution, initiative and quality of work on the job. Under the supervision of postdoctoral fellow Xiaofei Chang, Smith conducts research on the potential of natural supplements to become cheap and effective cancer treatments.

David Hung's departmental cheering section exploded with delight when he was announced the inaugural JHU Graduate Student Employee of the Year. Hung, who is studying materials science and engineering, has worked for five years for the Digital Media Center. In addition to providing the center with exceptional service, Hung organized a group to enter a contest sponsored by Google to model campuses in 3-D. (Its entry was one of nine international winners.)

Smith and Hung each received a $500 cash award, lunch at a local eatery and a JHU pen and pencil set from the President's Office.

Hung also won the Northeast Student Employment Association competition, moving his nomination one step closer to winning the national title. He was awarded a plaque from the Northeast Student Employment Association and a $250 Visa gift card.

JHU's 18th annual ceremony was part of National Student Employee Appreciation Week, which aims to enhance awareness of student employment and the important role it plays in higher education. This year, 34 students and 11 staff were nominated. A panel of judges reads and ranks each nomination, and the highest score in each category wins.


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