Higher ed student honored as graduate student employee of the year Higher Education Warner School of Education graduate student Jordan Ratzlaff was named Graduate Student Employee of the Year for the Northeast Region by the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators. The Oswego, New York, native has served as food pantry coordinator for Wilson Commons Student Activities while pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration. Ratzlaff is also the University’s Graduate Student Employee of the Year, an honor she received in April.“As Jordan is preparing for her career as a higher education professional and goals as a future scholar, it is exciting to see how she has demonstrated her experience, academic preparation, and passion in concrete ways through her work with the food pantry,” says Logan Hazen, professor and program director for the higher education program. “Much of the time we do not see the impact of our work, but students and others have felt the direct impact of Jordan’s work, and it is great that these awards recognize that.”Ratzlaff is thrilled to have been able to work with Wilson Commons Student Activities and the Office of the Dean of Students throughout her entire time studying at Warner. The ability to play such an essential role in the creation and implementation of the campus's food pantry, she says, has allowed her to grow both personally and professionally, while also working on what she believes to be her life's mission: Ensuring that everyone has equal access to a college education.“The Food Pantry has been a large collaborative project with so many different ‘hands in the pot,’ and everyone is integral to how we are able to serve students,” explains Ratzlaff. “I would never be able to do what I do without all the supportive people and teams with whom I work. I am very thankful for all the connections I've made while in this position, and the work that everyone has done to get food into the hands of students who need it." The Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators, formed in 1977 with the support and encouragement of the National Association of Student Employment Administrators, is a nonprofit association of professionals committed to programs for students who work while attending college. NEASEA supports student employment through the exchange of ideas, professional development, and the promotion of student employment administrators and their programs. Read more about the 2020 SEOTY award winners.Learn more about the Warner School’s higher education programs.