Budget boss wins Studenet Employee of Year

By Peter Brooks - Staff Reporter



Community Budget Coordinator Chloe Zabrek had a hand on a lot of student money last week. And she's done such a good job with it that she was named Student Employee of the Year.

About 200 people showed up to the Student Employee of the Year Celebration, comprising student employees and staff on April 18.

"I feel really honored to be chosen out of the other student employees who all worked very hard," said Zabrek. "I've had a lot of opportunities and learning experiences outside of the classroom."

Zabrek, also an honor student, was nominated by Marta Reeves, program coordinator of the Center for Leadership and Services.

"Chloe is exceptionally efficient with a positive attitude and always shows up on time," said Reeves. "Her facilitation of meetings is better than anyone before her."

Reeves adds that Zabrek is very inclusive and makes sure everyone understands the process. "She looks at everything with an equitable and financial eye and if it's in the best interest of the students," said Reeves. "I think that's why she's done such an exceptional job."

Zabrek took on dual roles of community budget coordinator and Services and Activities Budget chair, said Reeves. "Both are significant roles and she is full-time."

As chair of the budget committee, Zabrek facilitates and reviews student-driven submissions from all programs on campus by assisting the Reeves in tracking the budget for Services and Activities. The Services and Activities budget pays for non-classroom activities ranging from athletics to the Thunderword.

Zabrek's roles include creating the agenda, attending and supervising all meetings, informing students of their possibilities, and confirming everything.

"Step out of your comfort zone, take the initiative, continue working hard and never give up," Zabrek said.

During Fall Quarter, Zabrek helped fill in for Reeves while the latter was on medical leave.

Zabrek is graduating this quarter and proceeding to Seattle University to study forensic accounting.

"I'm not sure what I'll do with her gone," said Reeves.

Nominees were chosen by department supervisors. The winner was chosen by a selection committee comprising of staff across campus, and supervisors from Center for Leadership and Services as well as Career and Student Employment.

Other student employees nominated include: Asia Ahmed, Academic Success Center; Guadalupe Banuelos, Workforce Education Services; Richard Warden, Bookstore; Rabab Alhashemy, Business Technology; Risha Sharma, Outreach; Anh Thu Ho, Parking Enforcement; Jordan Julaton, Career and Student Employment; Julliannea Plummer, ACHIEVE; Vaishali Vakharia, Admissions; Carrie Costello, Admissions; Rui Auxilia, Advising (Navigators); Hiroki Tsukamoto, Public Safety; and Sherika Moore, Women's Programs.

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