Rutgers Celebrates Outstanding Work of Student Employees

Rutgers Celebrates Outstanding Work of Student Employees

Six student employees win awards, Rutgers Bonner Leaders Program recognized as employer of the year

Amy Creteau and Megan King
Amy Creteau, left, of the Office of Financial Aid, congratulates Megan King, who was named undergraduate student employee of the year for her work as collections manager at the Chrysler Herbarium.
Photo: Courtesy of Natalie Spangenberg
Megan King started at the Chrysler Herbarium as a herbarium technician. A year later, she’s risen to the rank of collections manager and was named undergraduate student employee of the year for her efforts.

King's many responsibilities include organizing and managing day-to-day operations, supervising nearly a dozen undergraduate workers on staff, leading guided tours and workshops and overseeing the care and maintenance of the herbarium’s 200,000 plant and fungal scientific specimens on the Douglass Campus, some of which date back to the mid-1800s.

Since January 2016, when she started her job at the herbarium, more than 100,000 of the specimens have been reorganized into a new classification, a project that has been under her supervision.

King was recognized at an April 13 awards ceremony as one of 15,000 student employees who work in more than 200 offices throughout the university’s locations in Camden, Newark and New Brunswick. They serve as tutors, research assistants, lifeguards, website technicians and health care assistants, among other roles. 

Lena Struwe, an associate professor of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences who directs the Chrysler Herbarium, described King as a “brave and courteous professional, whose work ethic is impeccable and efficient.”

When Struwe couldn't attend a regional meeting to present on the herbarium’s work at a symposium at Brown University, King and another student volunteered to go in her place.“With Megan in the lead, they wrote the abstract, prepared a presentation, and went to the meeting and gave a presentation that afterwards I heard was more than amazing,” Struwe said.

“We’re so thrilled to be able to recognize Rutgers University student employees and supervisors for the incredible work that they do throughout the year,” said Amy Creteau, associate manager for student employment at the Office of Financial Aid, at the awards celebration luncheon. “We received so many impressive nominations (95 in total), that it was extremely difficult to choose the winners this year. The hard work, dedication and commitment of our nominees is truly remarkable and they are all deserving of recognition for their efforts and contributions.”

Other winners from last week’s ceremony include:

  • Maria Intriago, second place winner, student employee of the year. Intriago assists in the Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS).  She is recognized for her dedication and mentorship to the high school students with whom she works, her tutoring methods and exceptional translating skills.
  • Matthew Moynihan, third place winner, student employee of the year. Moynihan works for the Rutgers University Police Department in the Community Service Officer Program as a battalion supervisor and is the senior member of the CSO command staff. He is recognized for providing strong leadership and guiding the philosophy and growth of the CSO Division.
  • Kathryn Goodman, graduate student employee of the year. Goodman works for animal sciences as a research assistant and student supervisor for projects conducted in the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory. She was recognized for her exceptional work with horses and contributions to ensuring laboratory studies ran smoothly. 
  • Michele Lam-Fortes, supervisor of the year. Lam-Fortes is the coordinator for marketing and communications for Residence Life. She is recognized for exceptional supervisory skills and for her commitment to the growth and development of student employees within the workplace.
  • The Rutgers Bonner Leaders Program, employer of the year, is recognized for the excellent supervision and implementation of this Federal Work Study Program. The program gives students the opportunity to grow their leadership skills while serving in local community organizations to address issues such as hunger/homelessness, educational equity and improving literacy.
  • Richard Wolferz Jr., special recognition award. Wolferz is a graduate student researcher for the New Jersey Medical School helping to oversee the day-to-day operations at a drug treatment clinic in Newark. His is recognized for his dedication, initiative and exceptional contributions to his research group.
  • Aarushi Gupta, the Above and Beyond Award. Gupta is a computer support technician from the Libraries, Integrated Information Systems unit. She is recognized for making innovative workplace contributions and demonstrating significant commitment to her position, beyond the scope of general job responsibilities. 

– Natalie Spangenberg