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Bethel Announces Student Employee of the Year

Hannah Salisbury ’18 is the Wellness Center student manager.

Wellness Center (WLC) student manager Hannah Salisbury ’18 has been named Bethel’s 2016–2017 Student Employee of the Year.

The Student Employee of the Year award has been Bethel’s most highly-esteemed award for student employees since 2004. The honor recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work at Bethel during their undergraduate educational journey.

Last year the Office of Human Resources took over student employment, which included the student recognition program. As a result, human resource modified the student award election process to more closely reflect the format of Bethel’s Royal Recognition and Appreciation Program for staff and faculty.

First, supervisors nominated student employees and provided evidence of their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution to their department and to Bethel. The President’s Cabinet then evaluated nominees, considering what these five characteristics meant in terms of attributes, expectations, leadership style, and impact, choosing Salisbury for this year’s Student Employee of the Year honor.

Salisbury’s supervisor Micaella Petrich, assistant director of wellness center operations, nominated Salisbury because of the extraordinary character she exhibits while at work and her joyful demeanor when interacting with others. “Hannah carries out her position with excellence through her care for people, commitment to clear communication, and attention to detail,” Petrich says. “Her work ethic and high quality of work—whether in administration capacities or cleaning responsibilities—sets the example for others to follow.”

In this way, Salisbury has helped give back to the community she’s cultivated as an employee of the Wellness Center. “The Wellness Center has been life changing for me,” she says. “I hope that it’s also a community source for [others] at Bethel.”

Wellness Center Director Rick Meyer praises Salisbury for her exemplary leadership style, work ethic, and humility—all of which, he says, made a positive impact on the Wellness Center during its “infant stages.” “Hannah achieves at a very high level, yet remains humble and approachable,” he says. “We are incredibly blessed to have such a talented and caring individual working for us in the Wellness Center.”

As an athletic training major, Salisbury says her time at Bethel has provided applicable experience, and has helped prepare her for her future year. “The WLC has taught me many applicable things, like what loving the Lord can look like in a fitness community,” she says. “And how teaching people health and fitness skills can be life changing.”

Salisbury was honored at a department-only Royal breakfast where she received recognition from her team and senior management. She was presented a $250 check and a certificate for a Bethel sweatshirt of her choice from the Campus Store.

Learn more about the Bethel Wellness Center and holistic wellness at Bethel. 

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