Featured Work-Study Students
View the featured work-study students below:
Sommer Forkenbrock - Center for Child Development
Sommer Forkenbrock is a senior from Prior Lake, MN majoring in Secondary English Education. Since she started at NDSU, she has been a Work-Study student in the Center for Child Development under Debra Habedank. At first, Sommer wasn’t sure what Work-Study was and only chose it because it was an option on the FAFSA, but she has grown to love her job. Her favorite part is the 13 toddlers she helps care for in the center. Deb really values Sommer and thinks that she is “a true asset to the Center”, is “dependable, respectful”, and helps create a “positive work environment”. Sommer also loves having Deb as a boss, saying that she is a role model and cares about her Work-Study students. Sommer thinks other students should chose Work-Study because it’s a great way to earn money for college and employers work around your class schedule.
Jaime Lunquist - Department of Plant Pathology
Jaime Lunquist is a junior from Hampden, ND majoring in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Animal Science. She grew up on a farm and has always worked with livestock. She has worked as a Work-Study student at NDSU for 3 years and for the last two years has been with the Department of Plant Pathology under Andrew Friskop. Jaime helps with planting, fertilizing, harvesting, collecting data, and so much more. She chose Work-Study because her sister had used it and the hours are flexible. Her experience in the position has made her want to go into a related field working with crops rather than with livestock like she had originally planned. Andrew values Jaime and the work she does. He thinks she is the “ideal undergraduate research specialist”, saying she is versatile, has a strong work ethic, and works efficiently. Jaime loves working for Andrew, saying that he is respectful, caring, and has even helped with her resume. She thinks other students should choose Work-Study because it allows you to learn important skills and focus on your studies while working.
Pictured from left to right: Andrew Friskop, Jaime Lunquist, and Elizabeth Bauske
Alexis Craig - Veterinary Techology Program
Alexis Craig is a senior from Rothsay, MN majoring in Animal Science. She has been a Work-Study student in the Veterinary Technology Program under Kelsey Amborn since her freshman year. She works as an Animal Care Assistant helping with filing papers, cleaning kennels and taking care of the animals. When Alexis first selected Work-Study, she wasn’t really sure what it was and just wanted to try it. Now she feels lucky that she is able to work where she does. Her favorite part of her job is working with the animals. Kelsey loves having Alexis onboard the team, saying, “She as an employee demonstrates proficiency, responsibility, and skill all while having an extremely pleasant and professional attitude.” Alexis enjoys working for Kelsey because she is upbeat, happy, and cares about the animals and her students. Alexis thinks other students should choose Work-Study because it opens up doors, helps gain experience, and helps with networking.
Pictured from left to right: Alexis Craig and Kelsey Amborn
Kirsten Welinski - NDSU Beef Cattle Research Complex
Kirsten Welinski is a senior from Little Falls, MN majoring in Animal Science. She has been a Work-Study student at the NDSU Beef Cattle Research Complex, under Trent Gilbery, since her freshman year in college. In her position, she helps with caring for livestock, watching the animals, maintenance and assisting graduate students. At first, Kirsten only chose Work-Study because it was a part of her financial aid package and she wanted a job during college. Now, she loves her job because she is able to meet faculty and staff in the Animal Science Department and the position helps her gain valuable skills she can use in her future career in agriculture. Trent values Kirsten as an employee saying that she is dedicated, independent, has a strong work ethic and excels in her job. Kirsten enjoys having Trent as a supervisor saying he is easy to talk to, takes the time to get to know his student employees and is very much like a friend. Kirsten thinks other students should choose Work-Study because the jobs are diverse, most are on-campus, and you have the opportunity to meet more people.
Pictured from left to right: Trent Gilbery and Kirsten Welinski
Student Success Programs
Student employment is important not only for the students, but also for the employers. Nancy Mueller and Betsy Carter, supervisors for the Student Success Programs (SSP), place great value in the students they employ because they believe each student offers talent and commitment to NDSU.
Timothy Colwell, Sierra Heitkamp, Kayla Rust, Wade DeAustin, Simon Hatlen, Jason Guo, and Kelli Foss are all Work-Study students in SSP. Most began working in the department last fall, and Kayla has worked in the office since the fall of 2014. Being a mix of freshmen, juniors, and one senior they are all important members of the SSP team.
Kayla is a senior from Alkabo, ND majoring in Elementary Education and Human Development and Family Science. She is one of the tutors in SSP, along with Wade, who is a junior from Marshall, MN majoring in Biological Sciences. Wade enjoys working at SSP because he likes tutoring, picking his own hours, and being able to work the night shift. Kayla likes the flexibility of having an on-campus job.
Timothy is a freshman from Lonedale, MN majoring in Construction Management. He works at the front desk along with Simon, who is a freshman from Roesmount, MN majoring in Finance, and Sierra, who is a freshman from Wyndmere, ND majoring in Agricultural Economics. All three enjoy the flexibility of their jobs. Timothy enjoys being able to interact with people, and Simon likes being a part of the backbone of NDSU and meeting new people.
The students in SSP enjoy working with Nancy and Betsy. All agreed that Nancy is friendly, knowledgeable, and cares about her students. They also think Betsy is easy to talk to, smiley, and caring.
When asked why they think others should choose Work-Study, the number one answer was flexibility. Wade, Sierra and Simon think that it is important to have a flexible and enjoyable job during college, and Timothy thinks that Work-Study is a really great opportunity that college students should take advantage of.
Pictured from left to right: Sierra Heitkamp, Timothy Colwell, Jason Guo, Kelli Foss, Kayla Rust, Wade DeAustin, and Simon Hatlen.
Angela Leier - School of Education
Angela Leier is a sophomore from Napoleon, ND majoring in Agricultural Education. She has been a Work-Study student in the School of Education working for Lea Roberts since her freshman year. As an Office Assistant, she runs errands, files, makes copies, and helps with projects around the office. Angela chose to do Work-Study because her brother had done it and she wanted work experience. Her favorite part of her job is that she gets to know a lot of the NDSU staff and it helps with her classes. Lea hired Angela because of a recommendation from her adviser, Dr. Adam Marx, and it’s a decision she is happy she made. Lea says that Angela is independent, has a great work ethic, gets things done in a timely manner, and is a great asset to the office. Angela also loves working under Lea, saying she is welcoming, friendly and goofy, and creates a great work atmosphere. Angela thinks other students should select Work-Study because it’s a great opportunity for growth and work experience.
Pictured from left to right: Angela Leier and Lea Roberts
Travis Haft - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory
Travis Haft is a sophomore from Cologne, MN majoring in Electrical Engineering. He has been a Work-Study student in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory working for Daniel Wanner (who recently retired) since his freshman year. As a Laboratory Assistant, Travis has many duties. He has done routine lab maintenance, spectrometer maintenance, specification testing, and performance maintenance of the Varian 400 and 500 MHz NMR spectrometers. At first, Travis didn’t know what Work-Study was and only chose it because he needed money. Now he enjoys his job because its on-campus, pays well, and he enjoyed working for Daniel. He said Daniel created a relaxing environment and was very understanding. Daniel also loved having Travis work for him. Daniel was impressed with how Travis was able to master a broad range of tasks “from mopping a lab floor to shimming a super conducting magnet.” Daniel retired on December 31st, 2016 but wanted to nominate Travis because “he is one of the best work-study students who has ever worked for [him].” Travis thinks other students should choose Work-Study because it gives you an opportunity to get involved in places outside of your comfort zone.
Pictured:Travis Haft, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory
Cole Carignan - HNES Extension
Cole Carignan is a freshman from Perham, MN majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a Work-Study student in HNES Extension working for Brandi Aune since he started at NDSU. He helps with data entry and small projects around the office. Cole selected Work-Study because he wanted a flexible job to help pay his tuition. His favorite part is the people that he works with in the HNES Extension office. He enjoys working for Brandi because she is friendly, caring, and understanding of him as a student. Brandi is grateful to have Cole working in the office, saying that he is “one of the best students” they have had working there. She says he is dependable, accurate, and efficient. Cole thinks other students should choose Work-Study because it is a great way to help pay for tuition.
Pictured from left to right: Brandi Aune and Cole Carignan
Isabella Schroeder - Center for Child Development
Isabella Schroeder is a junior from Glenwood, MN majoring in Nursing with a minor in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS). She has been a Work-Study student in the Center for Child Development working for Debra Habedank since she was a freshman. She works with 20 children between the ages of 3-5, and she helps lead activities and read to the children. When Isabella first selected Work-Study, she didn’t know exactly what it was and only chose it because it was an option on the FAFSA. Now she loves it because it helps pay for school, she loves the children she works with, and this position has led to other jobs. She decided to minor in HDFS because of this position. Deb values Isabella, says she is dependable, and has a great work ethic. Isabella also enjoys having Deb as her boss, saying that she is genuine, personable, and “a cool lady”. Isabella thinks other students should select Work-Study because it gives you more job opportunities and you get to meet new people.
Pictured from left to right: Isabella Schroeder and Debra Habedank
Coleton Nelson - Wellness Center
Coleton Nelson is a sophomore from Henderson, MN majoring in Civil Engineering. He has been a Work-Study student in the Wellness Center for Tammy Aronson since he was a freshman. As a Building Manager, he helps oversee the general operations. He first selected Work-Study because he wanted an on-campus job. His favorite part is that it is convenient, he gets to meet a lot of new people, and he loves working at the Wellness Center. Tammy really values having Coleton working there, saying that he is a natural leader, personable, responsible, and detail oriented. Coleton also loves working for Tammy, saying that she is a great boss, a people person, and brings out the best of him. Coleton thinks other students should select Work-Study because there are many on-campus opportunities and you get to meet new people.
Pictured from left to right: Tammy Aronson and Coleton Nelson
Kala Schleif - Office of Admissions
Kala Schleif is a senior from Isanti, MN majoring in Animal Science/Meat Science. She has been a Work-Study student in the Office of Admissions working for Laura Kiemele for three years. As a Tele-Student, she calls prospective students. At first, Kala didn’t know what Work-Study was but now she likes the flexibility of her on-campus job and working with other students. Laura loves having Kala as a Work-Study student, saying that “she’s a great resource to both her peers and the prospective students she calls”. When talking about Kala graduating this spring, Laura said, “I’m not ready to let her go!” Kala also loves working for Laura, saying that she is genuine and easy to talk to. Kala thinks other students should choose Work-Study because it’s flexible and the employers are willing to work with students’ schedules.
Pictured from left to right: Laura Kiemele and Kala Schleif
Brooke Johnson - Financial Aid and Scholarships
Featured Work-Study Student
Brooke Johnson is a senior from Alberta, MN majoring in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Business Administration. She has been a Work-Study student in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office since her freshmen year, and she is planning to graduate this August. She works as an Office Assistant and helps staff with different tasks and projects. She selected Work-Study because it gave her the ability to work while still focusing on school and was a great financial aid opportunity. She really enjoys working in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, saying, “They have always been very welcoming and very supportive throughout my college career.” They enjoy having her in the office as well. Julie Flakker commented, “Brooke is very friendly and eager to help.” Tammie Reger also spoke highly of Brooke, saying, “She is a hard worker who isn’t afraid to tackle new projects. She has received ‘high marks’ from other members of our office in regard to her overall work performance and dependability. Despite her busy academic schedule, she always comes to work with a smile and an eagerness to complete any/all tasks she is assigned.” Brooke thinks other students should select Work-Study because employers know that school is the number one priority and are willing to work with your schedule.
Thank you Brooke for all you have done for our office!