For Immediate Release
Date: April 22, 2021
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications/Media Relations
Bloomsburg University Honors Student Employees
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Financial Aid recently announced BU’s Student Employees of the Year.
Iyanna Williams, a junior accounting major from East Stroudsburg, was named Student Employee of the Year. Andrew Bower, a senior computer science major from Berwick, is the Student Employee of the Year Runner-up. Anna Horn, a junior professional sales and marketing major from Schnecksville, was named Student Employee Rookie of the Year.
Williams was awarded a $500 scholarship, Bower received a $150 gift card to the campus store, and Horn received a $50 gift card to the campus store as well as a “rookie of the year” themed gift basket.
Williams, a peer career coach in the Department of Alumni and Professional Engagement, was nominated by her supervisor Wren Fritsky, director of career and professional development.
“With the pandemic, the university had to adjust the way we engage students with their career and professional development,” wrote Fritsky in her nomination. “Iyanna was charged to shift her peer career coaching duties from in-person to using phone and Zoom remotely. During the fall 2020 semester alone, she has reached out to over 400 students to connect with alums and employers through virtual Career Connections Expos and networking events, as well as help those who have not registered on the career management system Handshake, to do so and utilize it to access career resources wherever they may be. Her entire fall work was performed successfully and supervised remotely, which is proof of Iyanna’s exemplary professionalism even as she juggled these responsibilities from her home.”
Bower, who works in Technology Support Services, was nominated by Alvaro Galliani, desktop systems analyst.
“When COVID19 cases began to appear in our area Andrew volunteered to write a computer program that would facilitate automatic remote access for faculty and staff. The script he wrote was used throughout campus saving techs, staff, and faculty hours of work,” wrote Galliani. “He was instrumental on standardizing desktop and laptop settings throughout our support areas utilizing his programming skills. In doing so he contributed to provide faculty and staff with a uniform, predictable and reliable user experience. Andrew has been a very important member of our support team taking on bigger responsibilities overtime including working remotely to support users with their remote connections during COVID shutdowns and quarantine. Andrew has always been a dedicated student worker, but he really rose to the challenges we had this year.”
Horn was nominated for Rookie of the Year, an award for students in their first semester with a department, by Sandy Freeman, clerical support in BU’s Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD).
“Above and beyond her normal duties that she did when we were in the office, as we all acclimated to online learning, right from the start, Anna initiated a project — a pilot program — Business Cards for ZIPD Elite. She created, revised and using Google docs in an organized way saw the pilot project to full completion with select ZIPD Elite students receiving their first ever ZIPD Elite Business Cards. That was not only her idea but her follow-through. I also asked her to be a big part of increasing our Social Media presence at the beginning of her hire, which included her creating and posting promos for the ZIPD Virtual Business Conference, informing students about ZIPD Elite and staying engaged. With her help and her persistence and willingness to do what it takes, we increased our Social Media following by more than 100 percent.”