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Student Employment Center


Student Employee Of The Year (SEOTY)

Western Washington University employs thousands of students each academic year. Part of what makes Western such an excellent community of higher education is our dedicated student employees who contribute to both the academic and extra-curricular aspects of our University. Not only do the students help keep Western functioning, but the combined contributions of mentors, supervisors, and peers help our students enter the workforce as better future employees.

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Eleventh Annual SEOTY Recognition Reception, April 2019

Every year the Student Employment Center hosts the Annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Recognition Reception. This is an opportunity to recognize the SEOTY nominees, as well as all WWU student employees! The reception highlights the noteworthy contributions of each nominated employee with a short quote from their nomination letter, a photo opportunity and a certificate. Additionally, the reception recognizes the roughly 2,000 student employees who have a positive impact on our campus. Next year’s Celebration of student employees will take place in April 2020.




In an effort to recognize the excellence of our student employees, the Student Employment Center works with the National Student Employment Association, the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators and the Washington State Association of Student Employment Administrators honor a Western Washington University student employee with a Student Employee of the Year Award. The award winner is traditionally announced during National Student Employment Week the second full week of April. National Student Employment Week is a week designated to honor and recognize the contributions of all student employees of Western Washington University.

Help Support SEOTY!

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Help support this tradition! We hope to continue celebrating each of the nominees during a Recognition Reception. The Recognition Reception is a chance to recognize both the nominees and the ~2,000 current student employees that contribute daily to the Western Community. Since this reception is not a budgeted program, we greatly rely on donations through the Western Foundation to assist with making the event successful. Without these donations WWU would not be able to recognize the daily contributions student employees make that help make Western a vibrant learning community.

Please join us with your support by using the Western Foundation's Make A Gift web page. Under the "Please designate my gift to the following" section, select the bullet next to the option "For the following college, department, team or program" and type in "Student Employee Recognition" in the text box. We greatly appreciate your donation to help recognize our valuable student employees!