Student Affairs Celebrates Our Outstanding Student Employees

Student employees are recognized at the Outstanding Student Employee awards program
Monday, April 16, 2018

Every year, the Division of Student Affairs recognizes student employees who have made an outstanding contribution to the university and who have made a positive influence on the quality of life for students and the campus community. 

The finalists for the awards were celebrated at a special ceremony held held at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on Tuesday, April 10.  Two of the nine finalists were selected to win a cash scholarship and a Student Affairs Outstanding Student Employee award. 

Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Employee Award Winners

Luke Verdi is a senior Kinesiology major from Columbia, Maryland. At the University of Maryland, he serves as a brand ambassador for University Recreation and Wellness by meeting with diverse populations to encourage participation in recreation as part of the Active Terps Outreach Team. He also helps to create and implement ways to promote wellness among students on campus. Luke is an active member in RecWell’s Student Employee Advisory Board, where he and other student leaders vote on current issues within each program area and provide solutions/alternatives to existing problems. In addition to his duties as a student employee with RecWell, he oversees patron safety as part of the Special Operations Team at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Upon graduation, Luke hopes to pursue a career in Campus Recreation. Please join us in congratulating Luke Verdi from University Recreation and Wellness.

Brayan Varghese is a senior Aerospace Engineering major and member from of the University Honors College from Staten Island, New York. Since his freshman year, he has been involved with the Leadership & Community Service-Learning program America Reads, America Counts. Brayan started as a mentor his freshman year and has worked his way to being the program intern. In addition to his work with America Reads, America Counts, he served as a Resident Assistant for South Campus Commons his junior year. Brayan is a member of the QUEST Honors Program, where he has been the co-lead for the professional sub-committee QUEST Corporate; a sub-committee which connects students with the program’s alumni and corporate sponsors through events, workshops, and company site visits. He is also a member of the Engineering Honors Society, Tau Beta Pi, where he served as the social chair. Upon graduation, Brayan hopes to pursue a career as a flight test engineer for the Navy. Please join us in congratulating Brayan Varghese from America Reads, America Counts.

Congratulations to our award winners and to our finalists. Thank you for making the University of Maryland a more vibrant community.

Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Employee Award Finalists

Olivia Antezana, Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life Office
Ashley Brooks, America Reads, America Counts
Lidia Castillo, Resident Life
Stephanie George, Transfer & Off-Campus Student Life Office
Heather Groves, University Recreation & Wellness
Nicole Valentine, Office of Student Conduct
Brayan Varghese, America Reads, America Counts
Luke Verdi, University Recreation & Wellness
Garrett Wack, Student Organization Resource Center


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