Student Employment

Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)

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Winners: 2021-2022 School Year

SEOTY Winner's Banner hanging in UH Hilo's Campus CenterA banner announces Student Employee of the Year First-Place Winner Sheadon Freitas, Second-Place Winner Shayla Kiyota, and the Team Winner - Women's & LGBTQ+ Center team

Student Employee of the Year Award Eligibility Criteria

SEOTY First-Place Winner Sheadon Freitas

SEOTY first-place winner Sheadon Freitas with his balloons

Sheadon Freitas has been working in the Office of the Registrar since February 2018 and has one of the most multi-faceted jobs in the office as the Certification and Registration Assistant. Sheadon is capable of adapting to everyone he works with to ensure that the person he is speaking with feels comfortable and at ease. For example, because of Sheadon’s background, he is able to communicate with students, faculty, and staff who prefer to speak Hawaiian as their primary language. Sheadon always remains positive in the office. He is always looking for ways to improve the office and make things more efficient. His supervisors can always count on him to complete harder projects accurately and in a timely manner. Sheadon works well with other student employees and staff members within the Office of the Registrar as well as in other DSA offices. Sheadon is always asking if his office can participate in community activities and, on his free time, educate students on the different services offered at UH Hilo. (Summarization of his nomination)

Nominated by Chablis Mattos, Office of the Registrar, Department of Student Affairs

SEOTY first-place winner Sheadon Freitas accepting his award plaque

SEOTY first-place winner Sheadon Freitas takes picture with Vice-Chancellow Bonnie Irwin

SEOTY first-place winner Sheadon Freitas receiving congratulations from UH Hilo staff

Although I understand we have lots of amazing student workers within our university, I believe Sheadon deserves a shot at being chosen because he literally puts his heart and soul into our university. He really is just so special to our office and we are so sad that he will be graduating in Spring 2023 ☹ -Chablis Mattos

SEOTY Second-Place Winner Shayla Kiyota

Shayla Kiyota began her employment with University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL) in the Fall 2020 semester. During the Covid-19 pandemic; Shayla approached UHRL management and suggested the coordination of training for student staff with the Department of Health (DOH), as it would be beneficial for students to learn from trained experts in the battle against COVID-19. With this suggestion, the UHRL office implemented this training in collaboration with the DOH, and student staff subsequently felt safer conducting these quarantine and isolation support procedures, while learning about how Covid-19 actually spreads and how to best prevent transmission.

Shayla was promoted to the Senior Resident Assistant position in the Fall 2021 semester as she held a crucial role in providing peer leadership and training to her counterparts. Shayla advocated restructuring RA duty to implement an “SRA Floater Shift,” which allowed her to float around the four open residence halls to check in with each staff member, see what aspects of their job they need more training on, and to hear concerns and frustrations in their roles. In addition to passing up concerns to management, Shayla has done a remarkable job in empowering student staff members to directly engage in conversation with their supervisors to address their concerns and provide constructive feedback for change. Shayla has been an incredibly beneficial liaison for both student employees and professional staff.

SEOTY Second-place Winner Shayla Kiyota with her award plaque

Nominated by Kaleb Matthews, University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL), Department of Student Affairs

Shayla modeled open mindedness and compassion for students affected by covid-19, her fellow peers, and residents within the housing community. In her time with the department, Shayla has put herself into a role as an advocate for her struggling residents, coworkers and housing community areas.- Kaleb Matthews

SEOTY Team Winner Women’s & LGBTQ+ Center

SEOTY Team Winner with Vice-Chancellor Farrah Gomes and Chancellow Bonnie Irwin

Women’s & LGBTQ+ Center at the Diaper Bank Event their program hosted

This team has been amazing in providing educational opportunities and resources promoting a diverse and inclusive campus community to our UH Hilo students. They developed a plan and curriculum around learning opportunities for students to engage in critical dialogue, challenge assumptions and beliefs, celebrate individual and collective identities, and build collaborative personal and professional relationships. Their three main initiatives are around menstrual equity, safe sex, and safe zone education and training.

The team has been exceptional in working collaboratively with other offices and with community agencies. For example they have worked closely with various commissions around women's leadership, the LGBTQ+ consortium in UH and with establishing new relationships around creating a diaper bank on campus and in working with groups like UHHSA to establish feminine products in high traffic restroom areas.

Women's & LGBTQ+ Center team comprised of Allison Dupre, Isabella Arrieta, Jade Paul, and Emma Behnam. Nominated by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Dean of Students Christopher Holland

The team has been able to create various learning spaces around issues impacting women and the LGBTQ+ community (examples include gender wage gap, violence, intersectionality with race as a key component) while establishing a resource base for learning opportunities (website, social media–Facebook, Instagram) and fostering a social dynamic to celebrate one’s individuality while coming together in a larger community collective. -Chris Holland

Eligibility

Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled as a UH Hilo Student in at least 6 credits; a classified student
  • Working at least 10 hours per week
  • Employed by the department for more than 150 days. This includes current and previous semesters
  • In good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher)
  • For UH Hilo graduate students, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Criteria Recommendations from the supervisor must cite specific examples of excellent work performance
  • An outstanding record of competency and dependability
  • Imaginative or creative solution(s) to difficult departmental activities
  • Significant service to the UH Hilo campus community

Awards

  • The first-place winner will receive a monetary award (as a tuition waiver), an Individual Plaque, as well as a spot on the Perpetual Plague (located in the Student Employment Office)
  • The second-place winner will receive a monetary award (as a tuition waiver), as well as an Individual plaque

Student Employee Team of the Year

Eligibility:

  • Minimum of two students for team nominations, and can include students enrolled on other UH campuses
  • Enrolled as a student in at least 6 credits; a classified student
  • In good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher)
  • For UH Hilo graduate students, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Criteria Recommendations from the supervisor must cite specific examples of Excellent work performance
  • An outstanding record of competency and dependability
  • Imaginative or creative solution(s) to difficult departmental activities
  • Significant service to the UH Hilo campus community

Awards

  • The winning team will receive an engraved plaque which will remain on display in their office. The winner will also receive a spot on the perpetual team plaque.