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Human Resources Luncheon Honors Student Workers Who SHinE

April 29, 2015

Fifty invited guests—including student-worker honorees, their supervisors and managers—attended an awards luncheon and ceremony hosted by the Office of Human Resources on April 14 to mark the culmination of an intensive nomination and selection process for the University’s new program to recognize excellence in student employment. 

Held during National Student Employment Week, the event was an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of student workers, thank supervisors for their role in developing student employees, recognize semi-finalists, and present the four top-performing students with their SHinE (Students Honored in Employment) awards. University leaders, including Robert Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph., provost, were on hand to show their support for the SHinE program.

The four award recipients were: Hungyi Liu (Steven) ‘16GP;  Jean Paul Murphy ‘16MBA; Jason Nieves ‘17C; and Robert Pope ‘16MBA. Each received a SHinE plaque, a recognition award of $500, a personalized letter of congratulations from Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., president, and a hearty congratulations from Mary Harper Hagan, human resources, who addressed the audience and commended honorees for their outstanding performance and for possessing the qualities of excellence that are certain to lead them on a successful career journey. Twelve semi-finalists were also recognized by the SHinE Selection Committee.

Frank Peluso ‘15GEd, a member of the SHinE Selection Committee, described the difficult task they had reviewing so many qualified and deserving nominees. A former St. John’s student worker and current graduate assistant, Peluso was recently selected to participate in a Fulbright Project in India this summer.

The Office of Human Resources is grateful to SHinE selection committee members for volunteering their time and efforts to individually review and evaluate all the nominations: Mary Pelkowski, associate dean for student engagement; Lenora Kinchen, director, employer relations; June Tomura, director, customer service management; Ellen Tufano, Ph.D., associate professor and associate dean, College of Professional Studies; and Frank Peluso.

Information on the SHinE program is available on the Student Employment website and nominations for next year’s SHinE award will open in January 2016.

View our list of award recipients and semi-finalists and our photo gallery.