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Handy named OSU Student Employee of the Year

Wed, April 19, 2017
Areanna Handy receives a scholarship check after being selected as the 2017 Student Employee of the Year at OSU. Dr. Pam Ehlers with OSU Career Services (left) presents the check to Handy who is joined by Trisha Lyonsi with the International Students and Scholars office at OSU, where Handy works.

Areanna Handy, from Broken Arrow, has been selected as the 2017 Student Employee of the Year at Oklahoma State University.

Handy, a senior majoring in merchandizing and marketing at OSU, was honored at a recent awards ceremony on campus during National Student Employment Week.  The award recognizes an OSU student who best embodies the contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college. It includes a $1,000 scholarship from the Division of Student Affairs at OSU.

Handy was selected from a group of 76 undergraduate and graduate nominees for outstanding contributions to her employer, the OSU Office of International Students and Scholars. She will compete for additional honors at the regional level, where she could also advance to national competition.

Handy and four other finalists received prize baskets with donations from local and campus employers. The additional finalists included Andrew Day a senior in marketing and entrepreneurship from Owasso; Nino Ilidan, senior in computer engineering, Lawton; Jonathan Lehman, senior in plant and soil sciences, Cache, and Ricki Schroeder, senior in agribusiness and agricultural leadership, Nash.

Semifinalists included Amber Cain, junior in finance, Stillwater; Daniella Cain, junior in mathematics, Broken Arrow; Erick Davis, junior in electrical engineering technology, McLoud; John Langham, senior in sports media, Leander, Texas; and Liza Van der Laan, senior in plant and soil science with an emphasis on plant biotechnology, Frederick.

The students were nominated by their employers for the annual award, which is open to degree-seeking, part-time or full-time students at OSU, who are employed in student-level positions on or off campus. Nominees may be undergraduate students or graduate students who are performing student employee jobs.

The contest is sponsored by OSU Career Services in partnership with the National Student Employment Association's (NSEA) National Student Employee of the Year contest.