MARQUETTE – In conjunction with national Student Employee Appreciation Week, four seniors at Northern Michigan University were honored for their valuable work-related contributions to various campus offices and departments.

            Natalie Scheidler from Holly, Mich., was named NMU Student Employee of the Year. Others recognized for their efforts at a luncheon earlier this month were Jacob Dunphy of Fond du Lac, Wis., Amethyst Augustine-Krueg of Green Bay, Wis. and Elvira Rajala of Gladstone, Mich.

Scheidler, a history major, is the senior student assistant for the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives. In that capacity, she oversees the general management of the archives, including training and supervising other student assistants. She has also worked on special projects such as developing an instructional workshop on historical research methods and the critical analysis of primary sources, and coordinating a series of workshops on genealogy and family history research and preservation.

"Ms. Scheidler possesses a keen and questioning intellect and is very comfortable and effective in expressing herself in public," wrote NMU archivist Marcus Robyns, in his letter nominating Scheidler for the award. "Her composition of archival finding aids, reports and procedures demonstrates well-developed writing skills and reveals an ability to think critically when piecing together information on records creators and collection content. She is simply indispensable to me and the archives. I hardly think of her as a student assistant; rather, she is the consummate professional and colleague. Her service to Northern, without question, merits the award."

            Dunphy is a part of the NMU Web team in the communications and marketing office.  He assists the Webmaster by maintaining and creating Web pages for NMU as well as providing Web support. 

            Augustine-Krueg is the student desk supervisor of the Payne/Halverson Hall front desk.  Her contributions this year included developing a merit-based program for student desk workers and implementing new ideas and ways to give feedback for the front desk.   

            Rajala works at the front desk of the Dean of Students office, handling visitor traffic and answering the phones. 

            Nominees for Student Employee of the Year are evaluated on reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution.

Prepared By
Miriam Moeller and Kristi Evans
News Director