CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Names Student Employees of the Year

Date: 04-16-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Steve Irving, director
Student Employment Office

As part of National Student Employment week, California State University, Chico has named two students as co-winners of the 2009/2010 Student Employee of The Year. Gregg Black, who works with the University Police Department, and Melanie Kim, who works in the Student Learning Center, are sharing the award. This is the third year that the campus has honored student employees who contribute significantly to offices in all areas of the campus.

At any one time, more than 2,800 students work in university departments, for the Associated Students and for the Research Foundation. Students perform duties in all areas, from general labor to instruction, tutoring, technical assistance, office work, programming, event planning and recordkeeping. The students gain invaluable experience in being involved with everyday operations of a campus department.

Gregg Black, a senior in criminal justice from Escondido, is an emergency preparedness assistant with the UPD. He created the Emergency Preparedness Orientation Power Point presentation that now serves as the mandatory online training for new faculty and staff. He read articles and researched various trainings on emergency preparedness, looked at training videos, and became familiar with code and regulations critical to the success of the Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Black is also in charge of the monthly testing for all blue light phones and AED’s (automated external defibrillators) on campus and documents all issues associated with the equipment to ensure that the campus equipment is always operable.

Black made a major contribution to the campus with his participation in organizing, recruiting and establishing CERT (Campus Emergency Response Team). During summer 2009, he worked to bring professional trainers to campus, and there are now 16 CERT-certified people on campus.

“Greg has never passed on an opportunity to learn new skills and apply them,” said Robyn Hearne, acting chief of UPD. “He then offers his skills and knowledge to his peers. He understands that everything he does is a down payment on his future goals. He has shown so much commitment towards his fellow students, staff and faculty by assisting with the overall safety programs that he is to be commended.”

Melanie Kim, a senior in biological science from San Jose, is the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program assistant lead for six SI leaders who work with approximately 600 students. She researches and develops teaching and learning materials to be used in weekly training sessions.

Kim has taken on significant increases in responsibility to keep the SI program functioning at a high level as demands have increased on the Student Learning Center, said Christine Connerly, Student Learning Center. Kim researches best practices and materials used in other SI programs and has implemented changes that have kept the campus program in line with current learning theories, said Connerly.

As an anatomy SI Leader, for example, she created interactive learning games for the digestive system, the heart and other body systems. Her activities involved students physically as well as mentally.

“Melanie’s contribution is evidenced by a 25 percent increase in the number of students attending SI sessions this year,” said Connerly. “I believe that the increased usage of both SI and tutoring in the Student Learning Center was a primary factor in the SLC being granted $25,000 in federal stimulus funding. She has been an incredible asset for our department.”