Student Employee of the Year

Student Employee of the Year

2018 Student Employee of the Year Nomination Form

Brendan Gernes, Senior Arts and Sciences student, has been selected the Creighton Student Employee of the year for 2017.  Mason Harmon is his nominating supervisor.  Brendan has worked in the Office of Development Phonathon for the past 4 years.  Following his graduation in May, he plans to do a year of volunteer service in South America.

Brendan's job:

  • Student supervisor for up to 50 Student Development Officers
  • Develops training processes, materials, games, incentives for callers
  • His Phonathon efforts netted almost $50,000 
  • Recruits, interviews, hires and trains close to 35 new student employees and new student supervisors each year 
  • Generates nightly pledge letters, analyzes data, and conducts student evaluations twice each semester

"Brendan can build rapport with anyone whether it be a donor on the phone or a new employee."



"He is emotionally intelligent and knows how to react in sensitive situations." 

"He takes charge when he is the only supervisor present. He has never missed a shift.  He truly cares for the well-being of our students.  He always provides advice and encouragement."

"Brendan spearheads new initiatives that help us reach our monetary goals by developing techniques that help students feel comfortable negotiating on the phone."


All nominees will receive a letter of commendation from Fr. Hendrickson.  Brendan will receive a $1000 scholarship at a luncheon in his honor.  Runners up Serenity McAndrews (SPAHP)  and Catherine Pedigo (University Archives)  will receive $250 scholarships.

View all the nominees.

A special  "thank you" to all the supervisors who nominated these wonderful student workers.

Past Honorees

Past honorees and departments:

Gabrielle Branden - Health Sciences Library 2016

Danielle Aruda - School of Pharmacy HP  2015

Thomas Murdock -Internal Audit 2014

Xuhyll Ann Roman - Undergraduate Admissions 2013

Sheila Field - Student Support Services 2012

Elizabeth Boos - Fine and Performing Arts 2011

Joy Chaput – Career Center 2010

Jake Webb – Student Centers 2009

Carolyn Pfeifer – School of Medicine 2008

Kathryn Welsh – Residence Life 2006

Bettina Hamilton – Reinert Alumni Library 2005

Sean Kelly –Dept of Information Technology 2004

Leanne Vigue – School of Pharmacy HP 2003

De Ann Kaster – Athletics 2002

Mandi L. Johnson - Kiewit Hall 2001

Josh Capp – Information Technology 2000

Luke Pella - Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office 1999

Keith Baynes - Bone Metabolism 1998

Amy Melvin - Microbiology 1997

Len Tanaka - Pharmacy School 1996

Trina Fortunato - Campus Recreation 1995

Jennifer Oborny - Occupational Therapy 1994

Anne Cooley -Exercise Science 1993