Emmanuel Santoyo has been named 2013 Student Employee of the Year and is very humble about the recognition.
“I feel like they made a mistake and they are going to come and say sorry the award was actually for someone else. I just did my work day by day. I guess I am still in shock too.”
Santoyo was recognized for his dedicated work in the Student Life Department, where he has worked for three years.
There are many parts of Santoyo’s job and the former student trustee enjoys all of them, especially the variety of tasks that have to be done to ensure that activities and events of Student Life run smoothly.
“I like that it’s different. Whether I am doing office work, or talking about an event on the microphone it never really is the same. I really like that there is always something different and new going on.”
Santoyo is pursuing a career in business with the dream of opening up a skateboarding park, after one of his favorite pastimes. After Moraine Valley, however, Santoyo will be taking his dedicated work ethic as a part of City Year in Philadelphia.
“To me it’s a pretty good program. City Year is donating a year of your time to help high schools and their students. If they have to wake up at 6 am then we are too.”
While Santoyo won’t let the idea of winning the award go to his head, he understands that it is a kind gesture. “It does feel nice to be recognized.”
The other nominees for the 2013 Student Employment Award were Jesseliy Centeno, Student Life; Michael Hartmann, Library; Christopher Salem, Health Fitness Center; Samantha Thirstrup, Information Management Systems and Brandon Zavala, Fine & Performing Arts Center.
Student employment is a key part of having systematic services of campus programs and offices. With the help of student employees, Moraine Valley is expanding career development opportunities for those who participate in having a functional campus.
There are guidelines students must follow if they want to be a student employee. First, students must be enrolled at least halftime to be eligible for student employment. Budgeted student employees must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters and 3 credit hours for the summer semester. Work-study student employees must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Student employees earn $8.25 per hour.
Nomination forms for the Student Employment Award can be found on the Job Resource Center website.