Congratulations to our 2018 Student Employee of the Year & Scholarship Winners!

Campus Dining Services is proud to be one of the largest employers of students on the campus, with over 500 student employees! Our student employees are one of the biggest resources we have, and are vital to our success. This year marks the Twenty-Second  Anniversary of the Campus Dining Services’ Student Employee Scholarship Program. With the scholarships awarded last week, Campus Dining Services has awarded a total of 212 scholarships for a total of $125,450.

This year we are very pleased to be able to award these Student Employee Scholarships for $1,000 each.

Jinnah Alim
Major: Athletic Training

Jinnah is a sophomore, who began working as a customer service attendant at the Student Center in August 2016.  In July 2017, she transferred to Starbucks Southwest and in November 2017 was promoted to a student supervisor position.  In her letter of recommendation, one of Jinnah’s supervisors wrote, “Jinnah transferred to us, after she went home last summer and became a certified Starbucks Barista.”  Another of Jinnah’s supervisors wrote, “Her approach to her daily job is to treat every task as if it is the most important task that day.”  “Jinnah’s passion and diligence will drive her to continue to be an exceptional student and leader at the University of Missouri.”  Beyond working with CDS, Jinnah also works with Mizzou Rec and with MU Athletics as part of the event staff.  She is active in both Mizzou Club Gymnastics and Mizzou Club Cheerleading.  Jinnah volunteers with Dream Outside the box, helping 1st – 8th grade students plan for college and with Best Foot Forward, one of the local women’s shelters.  Jinnah has also been recognized as a Diversity Award recipient, a MODELPink Breast Cancer Awareness ambassador and a Black Women Rock! Honoree.


Quentin Hamilton
Unit: Mizzou Markets
Major: Business

Quentin is a junior, majoring in Business.  He began working as a customer service attendant at Mizzou Markets, in August 2015, and was promoted to a student supervisor position in November 2015. Quentin’s supervisor wrote, “Quentin has many strengths including a level head during late night hours and all the issues that arise from that…” “…works at Mizzou Market Southwest, where he has limited exposure to the full-time employee or the full-time management staff.”  His academic advisor shared, “He is always friendly, prepared and easily engaged in conversations.”  In the summer Quentin has been a member of the Chicago White Sox A.C.E. team or the Chicago Cubs R.B.I. team as a pitcher (ACE stands for Amateur City Elite and RBI for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).  During the academic year he has served as the Treasurer for Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society, and currently serves as the Treasurer for MU’s Minorities in Sports Business organization.  His honors have include selection as an Ernst and Young Leadership Program participant and selection as a Vasey Academy Scholar.


Cameron Harris
Unit: Director’s Office
Major: Personal Financial Planning

Cameron has worked with Campus Dining Services as a clerical student since the Fall 2015.  In her letter of recommendation Cameron’s supervisor shared, he is “responsible, dependable, trustworthy, punctual, polite and kind. …always willing to help wherever and whenever needed.”  Mozela Brown, Cameron’s Business Ed teacher from high school shared that, “He is a bright and humble individual with only success in front of him.”  Beyond working with CDS, Cameron is a member of MOCHA (Men of Color, Honor and Ambition), and The Financial Planning Association.  He volunteers at the Office of Financial Success, serving as an IRS certified VITA Tax Preparer assisting students, employees and the community to prepare their taxes free of charge.

Ngozichukwu Ibe
Unit: Student Center
Major: Health Sciences

Ngozi is a junior majoring in Health Sciences in the school of Health Related Professions.   She was a transfer student who began working at the Student Center in August 2016; she was promoted to a student supervisor position in April 2017 and to a student manager position in December 2017.  In his letter of recommendation Ngozi’s supervisor shares, “…her team is always productive and she always pushes them to perform at a higher level, which she accomplishes through her excellent training and delegation skills and also her own work ethic.”  One of Ngozi’s fellow student mangers shared, “Having a working relationship with her has also really pushed me as a person to look at ways that a great work atmosphere can be provided.”  Along with working and studying, Ngozi serves as a teaching assistant for the Anatomical Sciences and Pathology Lab, is a Dance Group member of and serves on the Steering Committee for the African Students Association, is an active member of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students and has worked with STRIPES.


Zachary Johnson
Unit: Baja Grill
Major: Sports Management

Zach is a junior who began working at Baja Grill in September 2015 and was promoted to a student supervisor position in January 2016.  In his letter of recommendation, Zach’s supervisor shared, “Mr. Johnson is an effective leader; he clearly communicates expectations and praises others when doing well or lends support when needed.”  A former supervisor also shared, “Zach is an exceptional role model because he cares!”  Zach is an active member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Bowling Club, and serves as an Executive Board member of SPRTA, the Sports, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Association.  He also carries a 3.72 GPA, has earned spots on the Dean’s List five times, and won a president’s Volunteer Service Award.


Ashley Richardson
Unit: Plaza 900
Major: Elementary Education

Ashley began working at Plaza 900 in October 2014 as a customer service attendant, she was promoted in October 2015 to a student supervisor position and to a student manager position in April 2016.   Ashley’s supervisor shared, “…she is extremely good at managing her time as a student employee.” “…her role requires a willingness to take initiative as well as to direct and train other student employees, both of which she has done very well.”  One of Ashley’s instructors also wrote, “Ashley is a strong teacher candidate with the capacity to make a positive impact on the learning community fortunate enough to have her.”  In support of her educational pursuits Ashley has spent hours at Parkade Elementary School and Beulah Ralph Elementary here in Columbia assisting with preservice teaching.  She has worked with the Boys & Girls Club at Battle Elementary School and volunteers as a tutor for A Way With Words and Numbers.  She also volunteers as a Sunday school teacher and day-care provider at Grace Bible Church.  Ashley has earned her Missouri Substitute Certification, and is a member of the Missouri National Education Association.


Garrett Robison
Unit: Student Center
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Garrett began working as a CSA at the Student Center in August 2015, was promoted to a student supervisor position in January, 2016, and to a student manager position in April 2017.  “Student Center Dining completes hundreds of transactions during a lunch or dinner rush, this does not lessen Garrett’s efforts to make every interaction meaningful and lasting”, shared his supervisor.  A co-worker shared that “his incredible work ethic and willingness to take on whatever tasks are required for the success of the unit are a couple of traits that have allowed him to make a name for himself among the staff.”  Garrett is ServSafe certified, has completed Kaldi’s Bar Training and is a forklift operator.  He is a transfer student to MU who took a few years off while his wife completed her degree.  Beyond working for CDS Garrett works with the Bicycle Resource Center through the Sustainability Office where he provides free bike repair services for Mizzou students and maintains the bikes used for the Bike Share program.  He also plays bass for the band Adelaide on weekends and will be touring with the band this summer.  He is an avid cyclist who trains and competes in distance events, all while maintaining a 3.6 GPA.


Asha Wallace
Unit: Student Center
Major: Athletic Training

Asha is a senior, majoring in Athletic Training through the School of Health Professions, who has worked at the Student Center, since February 2016.  Asha was promoted to a student supervisor position in September 2016 and was promoted to a student manager position in March, 2018.  Asha’s supervisor shared, “Often times this year she would be studying in the seating area and see that we were struggling and stop what she was doing and clock in for an hour to help us out.  She didn’t have to, she did it because it was the right thing to do, and she cares about us, our operation and takes pride in her work.”  Coach Barry Odom shared in his letter of recommendation that, “She is truly dedicated to helping others and strives to be the best that she can be.”  Along with working for CDS, Asha also works as a Personal Trainer at Mizzou Rec, and as a student athletic trainer in the Sports Medicine Department for MU Football.  She is CPR/LED Certified for Professional Rescuer/Health Care provider, a member of the National Athletic Training Association, and Missouri Academy of Physicians Assistants, is active with the Univ of Missouri Pre-Physician’s Assistant Association.  Is the vice-president of the Athletic Training Student Association and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  And she has been recognized on the Dean’s List for the School of Health Professions carrying a 3.6 GPA.

Congratulations to each of these Student Employee Scholarship recipients!

In 2015 Campus Dining Services developed a new scholarship opportunity and began awarding $100 scholarships to students selected as their Unit’s Student Employee of the Year. Along with this honor, each of these students was entered into the Campus Dining Services Student Employee of the Year contest, where they competed for a $1,500 scholarship.

Christian Celmer – Christian is a student employee of the year nominee from Wheatstone Bistro.  He is a senior majoring in Classical Humanities in the department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies.  Hired in August 2016, Christian rapidly moved up through the ranks to his current student manager position. Christian’s supervisor thinks of him as her “super hero”.  Someone who is always there, doing what needs to be done and helping in whatever way may be needed.  He is vice-president of the Eta Sigma Phi Classical Languages academic fraternity, has received the Chancellor’s Award and the Bright Flight Scholarships for 4 year renewals.  He also carries a 3.55 GPA.

Ngozichukwu Ibe – to add to the information shared earlier, Ngozi was nominated by the Student Center team.  Ngozi is an excellent trainer, who knows multiple venues and pieces of equipment, she is consistent and thorough and able to change her approach when an employee is struggling. Beyond her work at the Student Center, Ngozi assisted during Summer Welcome staffing our department recruiting table and assists with staffing the Culinary Discovery Series dinners.

Alexia M’Bark – is being recognized for a second time, as a Unit Student Employee of the Year.  She is a senior, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife.  She began working with Student Center Dining in September 2015, was promoted to a student supervisor position in August 2016, and to a student manager position in April 2017.   Alexia’s focus is on learning and growth.  She is a key member of the Football Recruiting Breakfast team, in charge of setting up the buffet lines.  She has mastered multiple venues, has become a Kaldi’s certified barista, and assists in completing inventory on a weekly basis.

Brianna McCarthy – Brianna is the Bookmark Café student of the year.  She is a junior majoring in Communication Science & Disorders who began working with Campus Dining Services in September 2015 and was promoted to a student supervisor position in August 2016.  Brianna was instrumental in changing smoothie and frappuccino recipes for Bookmark Café; she also assisted with researching and recommending new bottled beverages for both Bookmark Café and Potential Energy Café.  In Jan. 2017, Brianna played a key role in opening Potential Energy Café where she helped train new employees, helped organize the outlet and developed cleaning charts, along with opening and closing worksheets.  Brianna is not only a terrific CDS team member, she also is an outstanding student, earning a spot on the Dean’s List every semester.

McKenzie Ordway – McKenzie is a senior, majoring in Linguistics and Spanish, with minors in Business, Chinese and Psychology.  She was nominated for the Student Employee of the Year, by the team at the Starbucks.  Brianna began working with CDS in the Fall of 2014 at Baja Grill, before being hired at Starbucks Memorial Union in August 2015.  She was promoted to a student supervisor position in September 2016 and to a student manager position in November 2016.  McKenzie has completed training and been certified by Starbucks as both a Barista Trainer and in Advanced Store Training.   Kenzie helps certify new staff in making Starbucks drinks and also helps implement the supervisor certification program combining CDS training with Starbucks.  Summer 2017 and last fall Kenzie went above and beyond to help open the new Starbucks Southwest.  Beyond her work on campus, and being a successful student Kenzie is also a member of the National Guard serving with the 3175th Military Police Company in Mexico Missouri, and actively participates with the Missouri Student Veterans Association and the United Way.

Alexandra Powell – Alex is a junior, majoring in Health Science with an emphasis in Health and Wellness.  She was nominated by the team at Plaza 900.  Alex began working at Plaza 900 in March 2015, was promoted to a student supervisor position in August of 2015 and to a student manager position in August 2016.  Alex organizes and conducts student supervisor meetings and training.  She has also assisted in selectively hiring about 20% of the current CSA team, and is responsible for scheduling them to best meet the needs of the unit.  Along with working, Alex is an active member of the Mizzou Women’s Rugby Team.

Claire Richardson – Claire is a senior, majoring in Strategic Communication and French.  She was nominated as a Unit Student Employee of the Year by the team representing the Support Areas of CDS.  Claire began working with CDS at infusion in August 2016 and earned her Kaldi’s Barista Certification before transferring into the marketing area in April 2017.  Claire is responsible for developing varying design projects for all 29 dining operations across campus.  She is pro-active and actively seeks out additional and upcoming projects.  Claire serves as the Public Relations Chair at Center Stage Dance Mizzou, and is an assistant French teacher at an immersion French Preschool and a French tutor for all ages as well as volunteers at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.  Claire carries a 3.8 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester.

Kelsey Schaffrin – Kelsey is a senior, Business Administration major, who was also nominated by the Student Center team.  Kelsey began working at the Student Center in March 2016; she was promoted to a student supervisor position in November 2016, and to a student manger position in April 2017.  Kelsey is very organized and prioritizes well, she maintains up to three jobs at the same time, working well over 30 hours per week while achieving a 3.24 GPA. Kelsey is another strong member of the Football Recruiting Breakfast team, she also runs the Employee Spotlight Program, which recognizes student staff for their performance.  Outside of work, Kelsey serves as the Vice President of Phi Beta Lambda and the Director of Service for the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Laura Smith – Laura also represents those nominated by the Plaza 900 team.  She is a senior, Fisheries and Wildlife major, minoring in Captive Wild Animal Management.  Laura began working at Plaza 900 in July 2015, was promoted to a student supervisor position in November of 2015 and to a student manager position in April 2017.  Laura is an effective communicator who is always on top of tasks and deadlines.  Laura is responsible for creating and updating the student schedule, evaluating students and updating the substitution board.  Outside of Plaza 900 Laura is a member of the Mizzou Hiking Club, she has received recognition for academics, being on the Chancellor’s List, the Dean’s List and the School of Natural Resources Director’s List.

Megan Clark – Megan is a senior Health Science major with an emphasis in Leadership and Policy and a Multicultural Certificate.  She is the Unit Student Employee of the Year nominee from the Restaurants @Southwest.  Megan began working at the Pavilion at Dobbs in January 2016.  She was promoted to a student supervisor position in October of 2016, and to a student manager position in September 2017.  Megan was part of the team responsible for opening the Restaurants @Southwest in August 2017, and even visited local high schools to help recruit senior students to assist in opening this new operation, and hoping to recruit them to attend Mizzou once they graduated.  Megan initiated an Employee Referral program to encourage great staff to recruit others like them to join the RSW team. While this is a new program it is receiving positive feedback.  Megan also developed an audio tour and worksheet to be used during unit orientation to assist all new staff in becoming familiar with RSW.   Along with all she does for CDS, Megan has been involved with Alternative Breaks, the Student Health Advisory Council and the Women’s Leadership Conference.


And finally, we are pleased to announce our 2018 Campus Dining Services’ Student Employee of the Year, Megan Clark! Congratulations on receiving this $1,500 scholarship!


Congratulations to everyone, and thank you for everything that you do for Campus Dining Services!