Libraries Announce 2021 Student Employee Awards

Syracuse University Libraries recognized their student employees with a virtual celebration on April 22. Annually, the Libraries employs over 150 students, both customer-facing and behind the-scenes, who help keep the Libraries running. Each year supervisors are asked to nominate student employees who have demonstrated dedicated service over time and significant contributions which have made a lasting impact on the Libraries. The Libraries recognize these students through the generous support of Kathy and Stanley Walters, Andrew Strait and friends, and other donors. This year’s award recipients and their respective Libraries departments are:

Kathy and Stanley Walters Student Scholarship Fund

  • Ian Coe 21 (University College), Access & Resource Sharing & Sound Beat
  • Brienna Flewelling ’21 (College of Visual & Performing Arts), Access & Resource Sharing, Carnegie Library
  • Yasmeen Jones ’21 (Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Brittney Austin Waters ’21(School of Information Studies), Information Literacy Scholar

Patricia Kutner Strait Student Scholarship

  • Oliver Mack, Jr. ’21 (Whitman School of Management), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Maximilian Orgeron ’21 (Newhouse School of Public Communication), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Lucy Wagner ’21 (College of Visual & Performing Arts), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Kobi Wiseman ’21 (School of Information Studies), Access & Resource Sharing

SU Libraries Dean’s Fund

  • Omolara Akinfemiwa ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Natalie Edelstein ’21 (College of Engineering & Computer Science), Security and Facilities
  • Gabrielle Frazier ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities

Student Honorable Mentions:

  • Justina Agyei-Mensah ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Kwaku Agyemang ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Samson Lin ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities

“We value all our library students and benefit from their enthusiasm and expertise every day. As Dean of Libraries and University Librarian I am very clear on how important our student employees are. Many work for us throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers at SU and they all are part of the SU Libraries family. From Bird and Carnegie to the King+King Architecture Libraries, our student employees contribute to the safety of our spaces, the quality and repair of our collections, and to our ability to provide a high level of service at our desks (real and virtual),” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of SU Libraries.

The University also recognizes a Student Employee Supervisor of the Year, and this year Eric Nemier, a Department of Public Safety Officer in Bird Library, has been selected by colleagues and student employees for connecting and mentoring his student employees.


Libraries Celebrates Student Employees

Syracuse University Libraries recognized their student employees with a virtual celebration on May 6. Annually, the Libraries employs over 150 students, both customer-facing and behind the-scenes, who help keep the Libraries running. Each year supervisors are asked to nominate student employees who have demonstrated dedicated service over time and significant contributions which have made a lasting impact on the Libraries. The Libraries recognize these students through the generous support of Kathy and Stanley Walters, Andrew Strait and friends, and other donors. This year’s award recipients and their respective Libraries departments are:

Kathy and Stanley Walters Student Scholarship Fund

  • Isabel McCullough G’20 (Information Studies), Special Collections Research Center
  • Ashley Downs G’20 (Falk), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Souradeepta Biswas G’20 (Engineering & Computer Science), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Austin Spencer ’20 (Architecture), Interlibrary Loan

Patricia Kutner Strait Student Scholarship

  • Maya Gelsi ’21 (Newhouse), Preservation
  • Mina Gurkan ’21 (Newhouse), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Cameron Vazquez ’20 (Falk), Access & Resource Sharing

SU Libraries Deans Fund

  • Maialie Fitzpatrick ’20 (Newhouse), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Frankie Kennedy ’20 (Arts & Sciences), Security & Facilities
  • Jacqueline Natividad ’20 (VPA), Access & Resource Sharing

Student Honorable Mentions:

  • Fenote Berhane ’20 (Engineering & Computer Science), Security & Facilities
  • Matthew Brodie ’20 (Whitman), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Elena Echarri ’20 (Architecture), Interlibrary Loan
  • Alexa Grant ’20 (Arts & Sciences), Security & Facilities
  • Alisia Laird ’20 (Arts & Sciences), Security & Facilities
  • Breana Ramon ’20 (Arts & Sciences), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Zhiwei Wang G’20 (Information Studies), Research & Scholarship
  • David Ross ’20 (Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education), Sound Beat

“Whether in Innovation and Strategy, Academic Success, Research Excellence, Special Collections, or Operational Excellence, student employees are important to the Libraries’ culture and delivery on our mission to support students, faculty, and staff with teaching, learning, and research. Not only do our student employees bring good work ethic and attitude, but they teach each other, their peers and even the Libraries’ employees,” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of SU Libraries. “We simply could not do what we do without the service and contributions of our student employees.”