University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND to recognize Bismarck student as North Dakota and University Student Employee of the Year April 26

Kayla Ekart, a UND senior from Bismarck, N.D., has been named North Dakota and her school’s Student Employee of the Year. Ekart will be recognized at 3 p.m. Friday, April 26, during the Memorial Union Leadership Awards.

The awards event will be held in the Memorial Union ballroom, with a social starting at 2:30 p.m. The Student Employee of the Year is a program sponsored by the National Student Employment Association (NSEA), which UND has participated in for the past five years.

After being selected as UND’s Student Employee of the Year, Ekart’s nomination form was sent on to the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Regional Student Employee of the Year Committee. The Committee had the task of selecting a recipient of the award for each state in the Midwest. Ekart also was chosen to receive the North Dakota State Student Employee of the Year award.

Ekart started working for the Housing Office, in conjunction with the University Writing Program, as an Apartment Community Center Writing Consultant in September 2012. Ekart is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in classical studies.

Kathleen Vacek, University Writing Program coordinator, and Troy Noeldner, associate director of housing, nominated Ekart for her professionalism and quality work.

Vacek commended Ekart on her consulting abilities, sophisticated thinking and reasoning skills and her way of communicating with students.

“Kayla demonstrates excellence in all of these areas, and she successfully brings all of them together to customize assistance for each student’s unique situation,” Vacek said.

According to Noeldner, during Ekart’s first semester on the job, the Apartment Community Center saw the number of student-requested appointments more than double and the number of students served increase by 29 percent.

Apartment residents value the individualized guidance and feedback Ekart provides, Noeldner said.

One resident said, “Kayla took the time to really get to know me as an individual and discover the most effective brainstorming method for me.”

Ekart will receive a $500 scholarship and her name will be listed on the Student Employee of the Year plaque.

There were a total of twenty-one nominations submitted by UND department supervisors for this award.

-- David L. Dodds, media relations/writer and editor, University and Public Affairs, 777.5529,

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