Chris Lauer, a senior at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, was named the 2006 National Student Employee of the Year by the National Student Employment Association.
He was also named the SJU Student Employee of the Year, the Minnesota Student Employee of the Year and the Midwest Regional Student Employee of the Year. This is the third consecutive year that a CSB/SJU student has been named Minnesota Student Employee of the Year.
Lauer has been an employee of the Outdoor Leadership Center (OLC) for three years. Lauer started as an associate, was promoted to a lead associate and assistant manager, and then was selected as manager.
As manager, Lauer is responsible for the OLC staff of 22 employees, ensuring the overall day-to-day functioning of the OLC, supporting OLC’s programs and operation, building and maintaining partnerships to enhance the mission of the OLC and working with the OLC supervisors.
“Chris uses strong communication skills with our customers while conveying information about equipment and programs, teaching at the Climbing Wall (part of the OLC programming), teaching outdoor-related skills and demonstrating outdoor equipment,” said his nominators and co-supervisors at OLC, Heidi Harlander and John Clarkson, in a nominating report for the SJU award.
Lauer said he has learned several things that will help him succeed in the future.
“One thing that has improved is my time management skills. I was never very good at keeping a schedule, and there still is a lot of room for improvement,” Lauer said. “However, becoming a manager at the OLC has forced me to be more organized.”
The Student Employment programs at CSB/SJU provide students opportunities to develop life skills that will benefit them for years to come. Student employment prepares you for future work experiences through placing emphasis on leadership development, personal and career development. Many diverse opportunities are available at CSB/SJU, enabling you to select positions that cater to the specific knowledge, skills and abilities that you would like to utilize during your work experience.
—Sarah Halverson, CSB Graduate, December, 2001
In my four years of employment, I have had two very different, yet beneficial jobs on-campus.... Through these two positions, I have gained valuable life skills such as teamwork, communication skills, initiative, and presentation skills. Most importantly, these jobs have given me many great opportunities to develop myself personally and professionally through workshops and other programs offered on-campus. All of these experiences in student employment have helped me discover a passion for leadership and helping others.
—Tory Oelfke, Life Study/Peer Leadership Trainer, SJU 2001
I've learned all kinds of life skills while working on-campus, from interviewing skills to building personal and professional relationships. Student employment has allowed me to grow as a person by developing my leadership skills and continues to challenge me.
—Nick Lamecker, SJU Class of 2000
- Academic Departments - Teaching Assistants, Learning Assistants, Tutors, Office Assistants
- Athletics - Sports Managers, Statisticians, Office Assistants, Athletic Training
- Bookstores - General Book Associates, Bookstore/Convenience Store Associate, Student Manager
- Campus Centers - Haehn Operations Managers, Sexton Building Manager, Office Assistants
- Campus Ministry - Student Campus Ministers, Liturgical Music Assistants, Musicians, Office Assistant
- Custodial Services - Custodial Assistants, Custodial Supervisors
- Fine Arts Programming - Art Gallery Assistant, Curriculum Designer, Technical Staff, Ushers
- Food/Dining Service - Dining Service Associate, Refectory Supervisor, Cafeteria Assistant
- Information Technology Services - Lab Assistant, Office Assistant, Programmers, Store Assistant
- Libraries - Circulation Desk Assistant, Office Assistant, Stack Maintenance Shelver
- Residential Life - Desk Receptionist, Office Assistant, Orientation Assistant
- Security/Life Safety - Student Security Officer, Student Dispatcher, Student Lifeguard
- Student Activities - Event Assistant, Peer Leadership Trainer, Life Study Trainer
For employment in off campus jobs through the CSB/SJU student employment program, students must be eligible for Federal Work Study.
- America Reads - Tutors in local elementary schools
- Central MN Task Force on Battered Women - Child Recreation Facilitator, Clerical Assistant
- Good Shepherd Communities - Dietary Assistant, Therapeutic Recreation Assistant
- Boys and Girls Club - Youth Guidance Worker
- Academic Departments - Research Assistants
- Custodial Maintenance - Custodial Assistants
- Office Assistants in many administrative and academic areas
- Physical Plant/Grounds - Grounds Crew Assistant, Painter's Assistant, Maintenance Assistant
- Special Events - Events Coordinator, Events Staff