Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-05-01

Jason M. Gossett, a sophomore from Fredericksburg, Va., was named Samford University's 2008 Student Employee of the Year at an April 24 ceremony.

Gossett works as unit commutation (uniform) custodian for Samford's Air Force ROTC Detachment 012, in which he is enrolled as a cadet.

A communication studies major with a minor in aerospace studies, Gossett plans to become an Air Force pilot. He was recently chosen to serve as a Samford Ambassador.

As Samford's Student Employee of the Year, Gossett received a certificate and a $200 check. His nomination will be submitted in regional competition.

Student employees were nominated by their supervisors based on the unique contributions they make in their work area.

Gossett was cited for his responsibility, reliability, accuracy, preparedness to accept new procedures, and careful management of funds and uniforms.

"He is also a very spiritual person who uplifts those around him," wrote his nominator, adding that he goes above and beyond the call of duty. "Jason demonstrates good character and citizenship at all times."

Samford participates in the student worker recognition in celebration of National Student Employee Week. The school employs about 900 students in campus jobs.

Finalists for the Samford honor were Jessica Cravey, Sarah Haslett, Dana Kaita, Alex Karaman, Tara Keith, Trevor Moore, Tai Richardson, Isaiah Same and Brydee Warner.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.