Montana Tech Announces Student Employee of the Year Awards


Montana Technological University Chancellor Les Cook announced today the recipient of the Student Employee of the Year award. This year 11 students were nominated for their outstanding contributions and achievements. This year’s nominees were Cameron Cassidy nominated by Reanna Lange, Grace Doucette nominated by Akua Oppong-Anane, Kaylynn Haefs nominated by Shelby Baker, Cody Hennessy nominated by Nancy Oyer, Gabriel Hill nominated by Tristan Sewell, Garrett Hopkins, nominated by Susan Barth and Shelley Reed, Avery Londo nominated by Shelby Baker, Camille McEwen nominated by Ryan Stapley, Casadi Morgan nominated by Taryn Quayle, Steve Sorensen nominated by Taryn Quayle, and Mikayla Stone nominated by Kramer Ungaretti.

Cody HennesseyAfter a thorough review of the nominations, the selection committee chose Cody Hennessy, a Lab Assistant II for the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP). In the nomination, Nancy Oyer stated, “Cody Hennessey is an unusually exceptional employee who deserves recognition for his many contributions to CAMP, including his excellent work ethic, critical thinking, and leadership skills. Cody’s emotional quotient and level of maturity are very advanced. He treats all students, clients, faculty, and staff with respect and sensitivity despite individual differences, whether cultural, age, gender, or religion, which has helped CAMP build on its highly empowering, positive environment.”

The committee also recognized the 2021 honorable mentions, which are:
Gabriel HillGabriel Hill, an Office Assistant for Enrollment Services. In the nomination, Tristan Sewell stated, “Gabe has proven to be a reliable student employee by always showing up on time, beginning work immediately, and accomplishing a lot. He has proven he has strong time management skills by handling a full-time course load in Electrical Engineering and a consistent work schedule. Gabe has also shown a high level of integrity in handling the confidential information he sees and hears in our office. He has made a measurable impact while working in our office and continues to make a difference by accurately and consistently completing the duties he is assigned, which contributes to the smooth operation of a busy office.”

Avery LondoAvery Londo, an Office Assistant for Admissions and Enrollment. In the nomination, Shelby Baker stated, “Avery shows intercultural fluency and oral communication skills when she gives tours to prospective students from around the country. Congruently, when dealing with difficult or uncommunicative students during tours, she applies fantastic problem-solving skills to liven up the tour and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Avery’s dynamic personality lends itself to disguised leadership skills. Her infectious attitude and positivity spread to other students like wildfire. Whether she is aware of it or not, Avery’s attitude inspires her coworkers to do better and put their best foot forward.”

Cody Hennessy’s nomination letter was submitted to the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators (WASEA) for the WASEA Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards. Cody was selected as the 2021 state winner for Montana. All students recognized for the 2021 year will be spotlighted at, so be sure to check it out!

The Montana Tech 2021 Student Employee of the Year award nominations were critiqued based upon the NACE competencies and the nominee’s characteristics in the areas of Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Digital Technology, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Career Management, and Global/Intercultural Fluency.

Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Dr. Carrie Vath said, “Montana Tech employees over 430 students on campus, and these nominees were all exceptional. I want to thank all of the nominators for acknowledging their student employees and the committee for reviewing all submissions. I am so proud of our students and their work ethic.”