2017 - 2018 MOST Outstanding Student Employees of the Month

Each month, RecSports professional staff nominates those students we feel exemplify the meaning of OUTSTANDING student employees that continually go above and beyond to enhance the participant experiences daily in our facilities and through our programs. We call this award the MOST Outstanding award because we feel all of our students are outstanding, however these are just the best of the best! 

Click a name below to learn more about each outstanding student employee!

October 2017: Michael Bicknell Front Desk/Fitness Room Attendant (RSRC)

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"I would like to nominate Michael Bicknell as the MOST Outstanding Employee of the Month for October. Michael has been a wonderful addition to our team this semester. He understands the mission of our facility and the amount of people we can impact by working the Front Desk and Fitness Floor. Michael is engaged with our guests and has created relationships with his colleagues in a short amount of time. He will go above and beyond in order to assist a patron and find them the answers they are seeking. One thing that I appreciate is his willingness to help out his colleagues. Michael has picked up his fair share of hours and has assisted his colleagues. In consecutive weeks, Michael worked back-to-back shifts to assist his colleagues with little to no notice prior to his initial shift. Michael is willing to adapt to any situation and assist if at all possible. I can tell that he has a passionate and will continue to challenge himself. I truly value the work he does at RecSports and the attitude he brings each and every one of his shifts. Thank you for all your positive energy and ability to make a wonderful impact on our program. For these reasons, I would like to nominate Michael Bicknell for the RecSports October 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month! Thank you Michael!" 

- Todd Dion, Facility Operations Coordinator


September 2017: Lydia Piendel, Rockne Memorial Front Desk/Weight Room Attendant 

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"I am nominating Lydia Piendel for the September 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month. Lydia just started her third year at the Rock. She has been a welcoming presence at the Front Desk for our patrons since day one. Lydia has volunteered this month to pick up many of the early morning shifts in the Weight Room. She has been a true leader this year by making sure that our new staff members are welcomed to the Rockne team by getting them entered into the staff’s group text. She has also been the force behind the idea of The Rock vs. The RSRC dodgeball game. This past Wednesday, she picked up a partial shift between classes for a co-worker who was notified about on-campus employment interview the night before his afternoon shift. Lydia came in and worked at the Front Desk for one hour and then went to class. That is a true team player! For these reasons I would like to nominate Lydia Piendel for the September 2017 RecSports MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month."

Matt Lewandowski, Front Desk Attendant (Rockne Memorial)


August 2017: Annabelle Goese, Club Sports Program Assistant 

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"Annabelle Goese as the August 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month. Words can’t express how appreciative I am for her hard work, dedication, and patience this past month!! With my added time put towards prepping for aquatics and climbing fall programming, as well as club sports, Annabelle has been not only a Program Assistant for Club Sports, but for Aquatics as well, and has been ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! She played a vital part of making sure the Club Sports Operations Manual edits were done and finalized for printing; created and finalized the Travel Checklist; and inventoried and ordered additional first aid kits for club teams. She also took the lead on the preparation for the Club Sports Coaches Meeting and for the Club Sports Officer Retreat. For the Club Sports Coaches Meeting, she created all 30+ coaches contracts; put together the coaches folders by making copies and collecting materials; organized shirt sizes; and sent email reminders to officers and coaches. For the Club Sports Officers Retreat, Annabelle took the lead on organizing the catering needs with both Subway and Let’s Spoon; ordered supplies; put together 135 folders; organized the shirts; and volunteered to present the Financials Management section of the agenda, which she did a fantastic job presenting to 135 of her peers. She even came in on a Saturday for a few hours to help finalize last minute items before the retreat. Not only did she attend the officers retreat as the Equestrian President, she also assisted in set up of the event, helped during transitional periods during the event, and stayed an additional 30 minutes after to help clean up. In addition to prepping for both the coaches meeting and officers retreat, she has also help me get organized with the lifeguards in creating a contact spreadsheet, created purchase requests for lifeguard equipment orders, and put in-service training folders together. I asked her if she was okay with helping me with aquatics administration and she agreed to help with anything as long as I didn’t have her actually lifeguard. I can honestly say, she has made RecSports, Club Sports, and Aquatics look good. Our events this month would not have been nearly as successful without her assistance. She has truly stepped up and is constantly asking what I need help with. No matter how little or big my requests are, whether they are club sport or aquatics related, she has done everything with a smile, positive attitude, and has not been afraid to provide suggestions or ideas to help make things more efficient and better. Annabelle is a true example of a team player and one of the best student employees I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. She is most deserving of this award for not only her commitment to making sure our programs are prepared and executed well, but also for putting up with my crazy self over the last few weeks. For these multiple reasons I would like to nominate Annabelle Goese for the August 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month." 


- Mandy Madden, Assistant Director, Club Sports


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