University of Findlay has recognized Molly Owens and Mahdi Khansari as Student Employees of the Year, and Todo Djurovic, international admissions counselor, as the Supervisor of the Year for 2021.
These are awards in which supervisors nominate student employees whom they feel warrant particular recognition for their performance on the job, and vice versa. Once nominations are submitted, UF faculty and staff review and score the nominees following a rubric. The rubric criteria for Student Employee of the Year include communication, digital technology, problem solving, professionalism/work ethic, intercultural fluency, career management, leadership, and teamwork. The criteria for the Student Employee Supervisor of the Year include mentoring, professionalism, and leadership provided to the student employee.
Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year
Owens was nominated by Patrick Grine, chemistry lab manager, for her excellent communication skills, efficiency, work ethic, and leadership qualities. Serving as a Student Assistant in the Chemistry department for the last three years, Grine said Owens has been instrumental to the department in a number of ways.
“Molly leads by example and has respect and following due to her dedication to the work and the hard work she performs,” Grine stated. “Besides being a leader, she is a team player. Her whole concept of work is based on how to do the work as a team.”
Graduate Student Employee of the Year
Khansari was nominated by Karen George, senior director of Advancement, for his work as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum.
“Mahdi consistently goes above and beyond whatever is asked of him,” said George. “He is extremely responsible and dedicated no matter what the project or who is leading it. The entire Mazza team enjoys and has benefitted from the flexibility, productivity, positivity and professionalism that he demonstrates every day.”
Khansari’s background in computer science and engineering has allowed him to contribute immensely in the research and implementation of equipment and technologies for the new Joseph and Judith Conda STEAM Education Center.
Djurovic was nominated as Student Employment Supervisor of the Year by Satarupa Banerjee, graduate assistant for the Office of International Admissions and Immigration Services. Banerjee said Djurovic is looked up to for his leadership, problem solving skills, and helping his team grow professionally and academically.