Honoring student employees
| Kelsea Renz managing editor |
Out of more than 7,000 students at Pitt State, two were honored as the types of employees most employers want to have.
At a ceremony held Friday, April 4, Tyler Dietzschold and Ashley Stein were recognized as the Student Employees of the Year.
Stein, junior in accounting, was the first to be announced, earning the title of off-campus Student Employee of the Year.
“President Scott read parts of the paperwork we had filled out, and when he started reading I thought it sounded familiar,” Stein said. “Then he kept reading it, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s mine.’ I was in total shock.”
Stein knew what her nomination said because her boss informed her of what he wrote while filling it out.
“I wish I wouldn’t have known,” Stein said. “I was shaking and really nervous while he was reading.”
After Stein received her award, Dietzschold, senior in manufacturing engineering technology, was the next to be called as the on-campus Student Employee of the Year.
“I’m really honored to get this,” Dietzschold said. “It shows that the university understands what student employees do for the campus.”
Both Stein and Dietzschold won the awards for the extra effort each put into their jobs, above what most employees do.
Stein, a cash receipts clerk at Pitsco Inc., noted that this is her first job in the accounting field and that she hopes to continue to gain experience there, aiming for the three years’ experience required for a full-time accounting job.
“When I applied, it was just for an internship of sorts to handle small things,” Stein said. “Now it’s helping me get my foot in the door and get started with my accounting career.”
Working at Pitsco has helped Stein in other ways.
“It’s really helped in my classes,” she said. “Stuff will be presented in class that I have already seen at work. I already know how to apply it to real-world situations.”
Dietzschold has also had a lot of real-world experience through his job as a lab assistant in Engineering Technology.
“I’ll be going into the metal casting business working for General Motors after I graduate,” Dietzschold said. “I’m getting to hone my skills by being in the lab all the time. I have learned so much by being able to do that.”
Dietzschold, earlier in the year, took on an extra project with the help of his supervisor, allowing him to also hone his leadership skills in and out of the lab. Together they and their team manufactured hundreds of bottle openers for the Grammys.
“The project was sort of for class and sort of for my job, but also a lot of just extra time,” Dietzschold said. “My supervisors have come to me lots of times with little projects, so really I just spent more time in the lab.”
Besides going above and beyond in their jobs, Stein and Dietzschold are also humble about getting the awards.
“It’s nice being recognized for going beyond what normal employees do,” Dietzschold said. “I was really honored, but really, I was just doing my job.”