Outstanding Student Employee 2019 Kyle Ralston, Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts

4/29/2019

Congratulations goes out to our very own Kyle Ralston, student office assistant in the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts!  Kyle received the “Outstanding Student Employee” Award for 2019 at the Student Leadership Awards.

A great big Congratulations goes out to our very own Kyle Ralston, student office assistant in the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts!  Kyle received the “Outstanding Student Employee” Award for 2019 at the Student Leadership Awards event on April 2, 2019. Kyle is a Public Health major, and has been working in the department since 2014.  Since that time, Kyle has jumped in with both feet to support the department. When he was first hired, he was the sole staff support person, as the department was experiencing many staff vacancies. Kyle very quickly adapted and took over handling numerous tasks in a fast-paced, diverse environment of supporting nearly 100+ faculty members with his ever calm demeanor.

 

Kyle always treats everyone with respect, and goes above and beyond what is expected.  Kyle takes the initiative in learning new skills (such as Photoshop, Drupal, and Remark), and uses his creative talents in graphic design to create event and course flyers, and photographs for display.  Due to this, Kyle has been assigned projects such as creating email communications, news stories, updating the department website, taking photographs of numerous Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts events, and proofreading course schedule drafts.

 

Kyle has gone above and beyond by contributing to our office emergency preparedness plan by attending essential trainings in: Active Assailant, Bomb Threat Awareness and Mental Health First Aid.  After attending the trainings, he helped streamline our office processes. Another example of Kyle going above and beyond what is expected was his participation in the LPA/LCC Department’s community outreach project in 2017.  Not only did Kyle help with this project during his work hours, he even came in on his own time to help deliver the student supply bags to the Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit. Kyle was instrumental in coordinating this project. He assisted in the collection, sorting, and bagging of personal hygiene and school supplies for 100 students.  Kyle helped screen print the bags for each child, and also helped photo-document the project from beginning to end. Those photos were the centerpieces of several showcases in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters building.

 

Kyle always acts with respect toward others, embodying the University of Michigan - Dearborn “Expect Respect” initiative.  He greets everyone who enters the office with patience, understanding and focus. Kyle has trained his fellow student workers and is a trusted mentor.  He is very dependable not only for his fellow co-workers, but also for faculty. His quick mind, self-motivation, creativity, attention to detail and professionalism make him an asset to the department.  His calm and kind demeanor, along with his hard work ethic, puts staff, students and faculty at ease. Whether being tasked with an urgent, last-minute project or carrying out a long, tedious assignment that requires vast amounts of concentration and attention to detail, Kyle exudes competence and completes his duties efficiently and without complaint. Kyle has proven himself to be highly adaptable to the sometimes unpredictable and hectic climate of the office.  He is also adept at formulating methods of completing new tasks without the benefit of tried and established instructions.

An email from an appreciative faculty member:  “I want to thank Kyle for coming to my rescue today….he saved the day (not the first time!)  Thank you for your patience and kindness."

 

CONGRATULATIONS, KYLE, for your “OUTSTANDING STUDENT EMPLOYEE AWARD”.

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