Here at Campus Dining Services, we are proud to recognize nine of our student employees as our 2015 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 2015 recipients!

This year also marks the Nineteenth Anniversary of the Campus Dining Services’ Student Employee Scholarship Program! To date, Campus Dining Services has awarded 170 scholarships for a total of $96,550.

Sarah Ruwe, Student Employee of the Year, received a $1,500 scholarship. Sarah was also nominated to the National Association of College and University Foodservices’ Midwest Regional Student Employee of the Year contest.

  • Sarah is a junior, majoring in Health Sciences. She began working at the Student Center in August 2013 and was promoted to a student supervisor position during the spring semester of 2014, and to a student manager in position in August 2014. Currently Sarah is focusing on quality hiring of CSAs and has selected some of the student centers most successful employees, some of which are already under consideration for student supervisor positions. She is solidifying interview questions to provide a more consistent process for other student management to use and fine tuning the hiring process. Sarah is particularly committed to our staff through her careful selection of new staff and showing a level of patience during staff training that improves the workplace environment.

Sarah Ruwe, Campus Dining Services Student Employee of the Year

Congratulations, Sarah!

Sammie Arnold received a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Sammie is a freshman that has worked with us in the Director’s office since October 2014, and is majoring in Political Science. His supervisor wrote that Sammie completes his tasks with a joyful heart, accepts constructive criticism well and strives to rise to the standards set forth. He is courteous and makes sure he does not disturb guests while completing his responsibilities. Sammie participated in the Mizzou Leadership Academy this year, is an active member of the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative program, serves as the President of Freshmen Action Team committee of the Legion of Black Collegians, is a Senator for the Missouri Students Association, serves as a pride member under the Department of Student Communications, and is a United Ambassador Minority Recruitment Team member. Sammie’s mission is to leave an impact on campus when he graduates.

Robyn Barks-Singer received a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Robyn is a senior currently serving as a student manager responsible for training at Rollins. Robyn began working with CDS in February 2012 and has proven to be diligent when overseeing the training program for students at Rollins, as well as someone that given a task will stick with it and complete it proficiently, accurately and on time. Robyn is an International Business major, who had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain during the spring semester of 2014. When she returned to campus and to Rollins her supervisor reports that she put her new confidence and skills to work immediately. Robyn has been part of AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) assisting in interviewing and preparing students for internships abroad and has worked locally with Job Point’s Columbia Builds Youth program assisting low-income youth get their GEDs or high school diplomas and jobs. Robyn has also maintained a 3.93 GPA throughout all these endeavors.

Andrea Dobbie received a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Andrea is a senior majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics. She has worked with Campus Dining Services since August 2013 first as a CSA learning all areas of the operation, and most recently as a clerical student assisting with new students and learning pieces of the ordering and inventory systems to assist the assistant managers. Beyond working and studying to achieve a 3.67 GPA Andrea is involved with the True/False Film Festival, serves as the Vice-President of Development for the Trulask Consulting Association and as the Prisoner Entrepreneurship Program coordinator, while at Mu she has also served as a Puppies with Purpose volunteer, and was a Scholarship Mentor for Sigma Kappa Sorority. This semester Andrea is also serving as a classroom assistant for Access Arts, and has been on the Dean’s List the past 4 semesters.

Christina Flores received a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Christina began working with Campus Dining Services in August 2013, at Rollins and then in August 2014 transferred to continue working with us at Sabai, where she currently serves as a student supervisor. Christina is a Food Science and Nutrition major who has the dream of becoming a chef and owning her own restaurant. Christina’s supervisors share that she takes pride in helping others and doing things the right way. She is involved with HALO, the Hispanic Student Organization on campus and the FSA (the Food Science Association). And holds a second part-time job with the hospitality and food science department, all while maintaining a GPA of 3.45.

Allison Kuk received a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Allison is a junior, working with us at Wheatstone Bistro. She has worked with us since August 2012 (her first day as an MU freshman), she was promoted to student supervisor in August 2013, and to student manager in August 2014, where she has taken on the responsibility of training new student supervisors as well as CSAs. Allison’s supervisor shared the following: “She is majoring in Hospitality Management and that career field suits her drive and fiery passion to provide great customer service.” This was also noted by one of Allison’s customers, who wrote one of her letters of reference and shared “I don’t think I’ve ever seen her without a smile and a hello and every visit is personalized…” Allison has also participated as a member of the collegiate DECA association.

Laurel Sheffield received a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Laurel originally began working with Campus Dining in September 2011 as a temporary Food Service Worker 1 at Rollins before returning to classes full-time, to pursue her degree in Sociology and then coming back to begin working as a CSA with the Student Center in October 2014. Laurel is a senior and her supervisors share that “she always comes to work with a mission to help as many people as possible…she has an excellent knowledge of the menu, allowing her to answer any customer query…” Laurel maintains a second part-time job as a research assistant, and volunteers at the MU Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center overseeing their library. Laurel is also active with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Triangle Coalition and the Family Impact Center all while achieving a 3.8 GPA.

Alexandra Sopata received a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Alexandra is a junior, majoring in Chemical Engineering. She began working at Baja Grill in October 2012 as a CSA, was promoted to a student supervisor position in Oct 2013 and to a student manager position in February 2014. Not only has Alex worked during the school year, but she has also worked in various operations during the summer sessions, with camps and assisting in the cleaning and opening of new facilities, and assisting in the unit training of new full-time management staff as they have moved into Baja. Alex’s supervisors note that “she is patient and courteous with employees and customers, and takes pride in her work”. Alex was inducted into the Mizzou Honors Society in 2014 has been on the Dean’s List multiple semesters, maintaining a 3.17 GPA and also completed a study abroad opportunity last year, working with high school students in England and South Africa.

Zach Wehmeyer received a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Zach is a senior, majoring in Nutrition & Fitness and Dietetics. He began working with us in December 2013 as our nutrition student assistant. Zach responsible for researching and coding nutrition data for our computerized food systems and use by our customers via the Zoutrition website and for developing nutrition education materials for online reference and our National Nutrition Month campaign. Zach has participated in the Mizzou Alternative Break program all 4 years that he has been here, serving as a site leader last year, He is active with the MU Entrepreneurs, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, worked with STRIPES for 3 semesters, Stress Busters and is an Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Undergraduate research volunteer. He is a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, has been on the HES Dean’s Honor Roll for 7 semesters, is a Bright Flight Scholar and an MU Curators Scholar, and has earned a 3.97 GPA while at MU.

This year 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. Our recipients of the 2015 Unit Student Employee of the Year Scholarships were:

  • Audrey Case
  • Sierra Herbert
  • Greg Rogers
  • Sarah Ruwe

Congratulations once again, and thank you for all of your contributions to Campus Dining Services!