By Lauren Prince ’14
Interview with Lesley Bonds
Career Counselor and Student Employment Coordinator
Why did you decide to bring this program to Scripps?
Colleges and universities throughout the country celebrate the importance of the student work experience during National Student Employment Week (NSEW) each year in line with the National Student Employment Association (NSEA). This year’s celebration will take place from April 8-12. Scripps began participating in 2010, but I am hoping to infuse new elements into the program this year. Most notably, we are participating for the first time in the National Student Employee of the Year competition through NSEA by selecting one outstanding student employee from Scripps.
What do you hope it to accomplish?
My number one hope is that student employees feel truly appreciated for their unique contributions to the Scripps community by their supervisors, their coworkers and those they serve on a day-to-day basis. We want student employees to know that we, as an institution, simply could not operate without them.
How are students involved?
While National Student Employment Week provides a unique opportunity for faculty and staff at Scripps to recognize student employees, it is also my hope that students will recognize their peers and coworkers for helping to shape their experience. I also encourage students to use this week as an opportunity to reflect on their own employment experience here on campus. Not only do their jobs help them earn the money necessary to fund their college experiences, but they’re also earning valuable skills that will most certainly be applicable to any future career they pursue.
How many student employees does Scripps have?
We have over 600 student employment positions on campus each year. Students serve in various capacities to support the work of departments across campus and throughout the consortium. The responsibilities of our student employees are vast and the departments diverse, with students serving in academic departments, Student Affairs, the Office of Admission, Communications and Marketing, IT and more. Whether students are whipping up the perfect latte in The Motley, mentoring high school students through the Scripps College Academy, or maintaining a safe and inclusive environment in the Tiernan Field House, we are equally thankful for the many hours our student employees contribute to building the best experience for all who step foot on campus.
What should student employees expect for this week?
Student employees will receive a note of appreciation from President Bettison-Varga and supervisors will have the opportunity to recognize their students in a number of ways throughout the week. Students should be sure to drop by Scripps Tea on Wednesday, April 10 to see a Thank You Quilt that supervisors will have compiled. Departments around campus will also be competing in an Office Decoration Contest and students can vote for their favorite to help them earn a pizza party for their entire staff through CP&R’s Facebook page. Last, I hope to see everyone at a reception for the Scripps Student Employee of the Year on Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. in Margaret Fowler Garden.
The finalists for Scripps Student Employee of the Year are Anna-Marie Wood (Office of Admission), LaThelma Armstrong (Scripps College Academy) and SuAnne Lee (Residential Life).