Here at Campus Dining Services, we are proud to recognize nine of our student employees as our 2014 Student Employee Scholarship recipients! These students have performed above requirements and expectations in their positions, excelled academically and are involved in many student organizations and volunteer projects. Congratulations and thank you to our 2014 recipients!
Jeremiah Meyer, Student Employee of the Year, received a $1,250 scholarship. Jeremiah was also nominated to the National Association of College and University Foodservices’ Midwest Regional Student Employee of the Year contest.
Jeremiah began working with us in the 900 Virginia Office as the CDS mail courier, in Jan. 2011, then after a semester off, began working as a CSA at Plaza 900 in Jan. 2012. He was promoted to a student supervisor position in March 2012 and to a student manager position in December 2012. Jeremiah is a senior majoring in Accounting, and plans to begin working on his master’s in Accountancy this fall. Two major projects Jeremiah has developed as a student manager include the revamping of the Emporium Café layout and menu, and the development of a scheduling software system, to aid in scheduling all student staff to fill the required shifts and positions available. Both have improved efficiency, customer service and the bottom line. Jeremiah’s nomination was submitted to the National Association of College and University Foodservices’ Midwest Regional Student Employee of the Year contest.
Megan Bennett received a $750 scholarship.
Megan is a senior and has worked with us at Rollins since December 2011, and is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Her supervisor wrote that Megan’s is a remarkable young woman who wants to do her best with every task. And that her volunteering has given her the mindset that no job is too small or too large to accomplish. Megan is active with the American Institute for Chemical Engineers and the Society for Women Engineers. She has also maintained a 3.98 GPA has earned a spot on the Dean’s Honor Roll, each semester.
Alex Cahill received a $750 scholarship.
Alex Cahill is a graduate student currently working on her PHD in Theatre and Performance Studies. Currently enrolled in 18 hours of class work, she has worked with CDS since August 2013, and the MU Theatre Box Office since summer 2013 and she works as a graduate instructor in the Theater Department. All while maintaining a 3.96 GPA. Alex is also a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Mid-America Medieval Association; she serves as vice-president of the Graduate Theatre Organization, treasurer of the Religion and Theatre Focus Group, and artistic director for the Troubling Violence Performance Troupe. Alex’s supervisors noted in her recommendation letters that she is dedicated, reliable and enthusiastic. She always has a great attitude and a “sparkle” that rubs off on co-workers and customers alike.
Audrey Case received a $750 scholarship.
Audrey is a junior studying German and Art History. She began working with us at j café in August 2012, and was promoted to a student supervisor position in April 2013. Along with working at j café and taking classes Audrey also serves as a writing tutor with the MU Writing Center, volunteers at the Missouri State Historical Society, is the treasurer of the Mizzou College Democrats, has participated multiple years with the presentation of the Vagina Monologues series, and is a contributing writer for Zou feed. Audrey’s supervisors share that she provides excellent leadership and training on tasks, such as customer service, training, organization and problem solving. And that she has contributed new ideas that have helped advance the unit.
Matthew Foster received a $750 scholarship.
Matt is a junior, majoring in Architectural Studies, and currently works as a student supervisor at Mizzou Market Hitt Street. Matt is involved with the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative, earned his Eagle Scout award with the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. He is also an active volunteer serving the community through a wide variety of programs including; Kappa Alpha Psi highway cleanup, Habitat for Humanity – Restore Shop, Columbia Historical Society, Ronald McDonald House and Operation Food Search, just to name a few. In her letter of recommendation one of Matts faculty members wrote, Matt stands out amongst his peers as a dedicated worker with one of the most positive attitudes I have ever come across.
Jordon Hoffman received a $750 scholarship.
Jordon is a senior, Sustainable Agriculture and Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Peace Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies and Health Sciences. She serves as a Student Supervisor, and also worked as a seasonal worker at The Mizzou Store over the winter inter-session. Jordon serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for Tiger Pantry and is active with Sustain Mizzou and the Choral Union. She has been recognized as a Curators Scholar, earned a Bright Flight Scholarship and was a National Merit Finalist. Jordon’s goals include one day becoming a member of the Peace Corp to promote healthy communities and environments and to that end she is also part of the new Peace Corps Prep program recently started at Mizzou.
Hilary Mueller received a $750 scholarship.
Hilary is a senior pursuing degrees in Psychology and Communications. Hilary began working at the Pavilion at Dobbs as a CSA in Nov. 2011, was promoted to a student supervisor in Sept. 2012 and to a student manager in June 2013. She volunteers at the VA Hospital, with STRIPES, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and the Mid-Missouri Crisis Line. She has been on the Dean’s list 5 semesters out of 5, is a Bright Flight recipient, and currently carries a 3.98 GPA. One of her references shared the following: “The dictionary defines supreme as ‘of the highest quality, degree character or importance,’ I define supreme as Hilary Mueller.
Alexandra Sopocy received a $750 scholarship.
Alexandra Sopocy is a sophomore, majoring in Strategic Communications. She began working with us in April 2013 and currently serves as a student supervisor at Plaza 900. Alexandra carries a 3.73 GPA, has been on the Dean’s List all 3 semesters at MU, and she also has three minors; in sociology, business and multicultural studies. Along with work and class Alexandra has volunteered with Desire to Aspire, and Puppies with Purpose – starting as a puppy sitter, she is currently raising and training a dog to become a service dog. Both of Alexandra’s references noted that training is one task that she completes with pleasure, efficiency and enthusiasm, whether with CSA’s or puppies!
Samuel Weiger received a $750 scholarship.
Sam is a freshman, has dual majors in Broadcast Journalism and Geography, and has worked with us as a CSA at Plaza 900 since August 2013. Sam is a member of the United States Tennis Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary. He is on the dean’s list, serves as a Sports Reporter for MUTV, and covers the Tennis Beat for the Maneater. Sam represents the Schurz Hall Third Floor in RHA, is part of the Mizzou Rec Tennis Team and a staff member for Camp Impact. Sam also received training and certification in customer service from the National Retail Federation. His manager wrote that Sam is a very independent and resourceful individual who contributes to excellent customer service.
Congratulations once again, and thank you for all of your contributions to Campus Dining Services!