May 14, 1999
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830
Mary Cameron, UMD Personnel Services Supervisor 218 726-7912
Erik Larson, UMD Civil Engineer 218 726-6915
UMD STUDENT NAMED NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Justin Hallquist, a student worker in the Facilities Management Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) was named 1999 National Student Employee of the Year by the National Student Employment Association (NSEA). Hallquist was previously named UMD Student Employee of the Year, and went on to win Minnesota State Student Employee of the Year. He then was named Regional Student Employee of the Year (from an 11 state region).
Hallquist has been employed as an office assistant in UMD Facilities Management Department for two and a half years, where he assists four other staff members. He manages a system that locates underground utilities on the campus, pinpointing installations within two linear feet of the exact location. In addition, Hallquist took over responsibilities for the campus' electronic mapping system, verifying the placement of more than 75 campus buildings, miles of underground sewer, water, electric, irrigation and drain tile lines, as well as countless streets, parking lots, manholes, light poles, fire hydrants and other items all over the campus. Hallquist is a UMD senior from Shoreview, MN.
Each spring, colleges and universities around the country celebrate the contributions of their student workers during National Student Employment Week. In a message to the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) recognizing this special week, President Clinton noted, "We are enjoying a time of unprecedented growth and prosperity in America, with the prospect of an even brighter future in the 21st century. But we cannot succeed unless we nurture the creativity and energy of today's students and help them grow into tomorrow's leaders. By giving students valuable work experience and the opportunity to develop their professional skills, student employment programs are building a strong foundation for our nation's future."
NOTE: Justin Hallquist will graduate in UMD commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC).