Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-04-23


Jeff Richter, a senior exercise science and sports medicine major from Sanibel, Fla., has been named Samford University’s 2010 Student Employee of the Year.

Richter, who has worked in Samford’s Campus Recreation department since his freshman year, received a certificate and $200 cash prize from Samford president Dr. Andrew Westmoreland during a special ceremony Thursday, April 22.

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

Richter was cited for his steady willingness to learn new skills in order to officiate many sports, and his adaptability to new challenges and responsibilities.

“Now in his final semester, Jeff has worked in all of our facility and intramural positions and helped out in every way that we have ever asked,” wrote his nominator, campus recreation director Nick Madsen.

“The quality of Jeff’s work is evident not only through the multitude of jobs that he has done well, but also through his successes as an intramural official,” said Madsen, adding that attitude has been one of his nominee’s greatest attributes since day one. “He truly is someone who enjoys helping others. He cares about his job and it shows.”

Samford participates in the student worker recognition in celebration of National Student Employee Week, a program sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. Richter’s winning Samford nomination will be submitted in regional competition.

Other finalists for the Samford honor were Erin Bentley, Jessica Bonner, Shannon Cobb, Carolyn Conklin, Stephanie Davis, Laura Beth Gable, Jonathan Haas, JaNeshia Harrell, Lindley Holder, Janell King, Jennifer Rice, Tai Richardson, Thomas Ryden, Brittany Todd and Danae Vaughn.

Samford employs about 882 student workers on campus and at some off-campus non-profit agencies.

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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.