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Lauren Jurek Wins 2022-2023 Student Employee of the Year Award


Lauren Jurek, a senior double majoring in Health Science and Public Health, has been named Bellevue University's 2022-2023 Student Employee of the Year. Jurek, who also plays for the Bruin Softball team, has worked in the Residence and Student Life office since fall of 2019. 

Jurek and 14 other student employees nominated for the award were recognized as part of Student Employee Appreciation Week, which ended April 14. The national recognition week highlights the contributions of student employees and the invaluable services they provided with enthusiasm, dedication and initiative. 

Judges scored the nominees anonymously across eight categories: community service, leadership, diversity and inclusion, technology and innovation, and critical thinking. 

Jurek's supervisor Alaina Smith, Sr. Director of Resident Student Initiatives, praised Jurek's contributions to the Residential Student Life office. "Lauren has become our ‘go to’ resource for event promotions through her artistic abilities in drawing on windows in the Durham and Student Center, as well as hanging posters around campus, using sidewalk chalk, and other fun methods.”

The nominees included: Bhuvaneshwari Seshadri, Computer Lab; Darryl Bennett Jr., College of Science and Technology; Enhe Liu, College of Science and Technology; Hongbo Zhang, International Student Services; John Cover Athletics; Lauren Jurek, Residence and Student Life; Leslie Etubo, Computer Lab; Makita Beck, Library; Millie Hopkisson, Athletics; Oumar Sissoko, College of Science and Technology; Tripp Skutt, College of Business; Truman Forey, Undergraduate Academic Advising; Xiaoxuan Wang and Xinghai Liu, and Zhuoyi Lian, International Student Services. 

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (