Event caps a week of celebrations recognizing FIU’s student employees
Zackari Abeyta, an undergraduate work study student in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Disease, was named 2012 Student Employee of the Year. The announcement was made at the university’s third annual Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY) ceremony April 12.
“Zack is very respectful, very responsible. He has a great positive attitude that catches on in the lab,” says Lisa Schneper, assistant professor in the department and the person who nominated him for the award.
A biology major, Abeyta share duties with lab members tasked with organizing and improving systems for chemical inventory and making complex laboratory sterile media. He takes great initiative in making sure the job gets done. Schneper says Abeyta has repaired equipment pumps, worked beyond his scheduled hours, and more to ensure that the lab maintains compliance with all safety measures.
“He’s really a great colleague in the lab,” says Schneper. “He’s earned the trust and confidence of everyone.”
FIU employs 2,862 student employees. The recipient of the SEOTY award is chosen based on who best embodies service excellence, dedication, and whose academic achievements remain exceptional.
Finalists for the award were also honored. Congratulations go out to:
4th Runner Up: Jocelyn Cardenas of Student Financial Services
3rd Runner Up: Theresa Ladaga of University Advancement/Annual Giving
2nd Runner Up: Amanda Garcia of External Relations
1st Runner Up: Zahra Arbabi Aski of Campus Life
Earlier in the week, all of the university’s student employees were invited to a pinning ceremony at Biscayne Bay Campus that recognized all of the student employees’ efforts and contributions to university life. Biology major Nathaniel Edwards, an office assistant in the Center for Leadership & Service, attended. He says he appreciated the sentiment behind the ceremony.
“It’s awesome,” the sophomore said. “I like my coworkers and my boss. It’s a fun group, so I’m happy they like me, too.”