Kimber Harrison Named Student Employee of the Year

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Callie Shipley, Coordinator for Junior Reporters

Junior marketing major Kimber Harrison has been chosen as the West Texas A&M University Student Employee of the Year.

“Receiving this award made me feel honored and humbled,” Harrison said. “There are so many amazing students who rightly could have won, and to be chosen was just…amazing. I’m so grateful for my supervisor, Meghan Williams, for the kind words she said about me that earned me the award.”

After a friend from high school recommended she apply for the position, Harrison worked in the Student Success Center as a student assistant from Sep. 2014 to Jan. 2016. According to the WT website, Harrison was selected as the winner of the award from a group of 20 nominees and was judged based on initiative, reliability, quality of work, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution to the employer.

“Kimber’s work ethic and attention to detail make her the most dependable worker in the Hub,” Williams, manager of the Student Success Center, said in her nomination letter. “She is a fast learner and makes sure that she understands her job tasks so that she can do the best job possible.”

While Harrison said her main job consisted of scheduling advising appointments, a “huge component” also included answering students’ questions and directing them to where they needed to go. She was also in charge of creating the content for the Student Success Center digital screens and social media pages, and she worked with a graduate assistant during the summer to check students in for class registration.

“My favorite part of the job was getting the opportunity to help students every single day,” Harrison said. “Serving students with the knowledge I gained working there was so fulfilling.”

Williams said she has been impressed with Harrison’s ability to be flexible with changes in procedure as well as Harrison’s daily dedication to helping students.

“She is upbeat, kind-hearted and very helpful,” Williams said. “Kimber is always concerned about making a difference and helping. Student workers and other students often come to her for knowledge and advice about various tasks, projects, school and general life situations.”

Harrison is now eligible for the regional Student Employee of the Year competition. As part of her award, she received $100 added to her Buff Gold Card, a plaque, and a reserved parking space for the 2017 academic year, compliments of the President’s Office.

In addition to her job experience on campus, Harrison is also involved in Student Senate, the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council, the Traditions Council and the American Marketing Association. While Harrison has no specific post-graduate plans as of yet, her dream job would be operating her own non-profit organization geared toward children’s advocacy.

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