Senior Michelle Sauber Named National Student Employee of the Year

Senior Michelle Sauber Named National Student Employee of the Year

Michelle Sauber
As the organizational development assistant at the Center for Student Involvement, Michelle Sauber impressed her supervisor with her “enthusiasm” and “professionalism.” Now her work has led to her winning
the National Student Employee of the Year award.

“Michelle has proven to be a valuable resource to the Center for Student Involvement as well as the Northwestern University community,” Tracey Gibson-Jackson of the Center for Student Involvement wrote in her letter recommending Sauber for the award. Gibson-Jackson describes Sauber as organized, self-motivated and dependable.

Sauber’s responsibilities at the Center for Student Involvement focus on supporting student organizations across campus, such as through retreats, workshops and grant programs. For the past two years, she has played a key role in implementing a new web-based system called Wildcat Connection that allows students to explore student organizations online.

Sauber has found her SESP studies in learning and organizational change to be valuable in a work setting. “I have been able to apply the tools and frameworks I have learned in my LOC course work to improve my experiences and work projects at the Center for Student Involvement as well as the internships I have had during the past couple years,” she says.

“I transferred to Northwestern particularly for my program of study — learning and organizational change. I wanted to learn more about how people behave in the workplace and how to leverage human capital in order to create meaningful results. I also wanted to explore how people learn in their jobs and what that means for an organization's overall success,” she adds.

“The thing that most excites me most about Michelle is her willingness to learn. She is always looking for opportunities to improve herself. … She always goes the extra mile. … It is very refreshing to work with a strong student leader such as Michelle. She is truly a gem and I am honored to know her,” says Gibson-Jackson.

Each year, National Student Employee of the Year coordinates a selection process and chooses the National Student Employee of the Year to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college. The honor carries a $1,000 cash award.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 5/18/11