Huttenmaier wins Applause Award

Jenna Huttenmaier
Jenna Huttenmaier

CSE Recruitment and Retention coordinator Jenna Huttenmaier was honored this week with an Applause Award.

Jenna was selected by the College of Arts and Sciences as the recipient of its July award. She was nominated by her fellow staff members for her outstanding prospective student tours, welcoming attitude, and dedication to the CSE Learning Community.

Here’s what the nominators shared about Jenna:

“Jenna’s service to students is above and beyond. She is the first point of contact for our prospective undergraduate students, giving hundreds of tours a year. She gives very professional tours and is always very personable. When giving tours, she tells all the prospective students about the exciting research being done in the CSE department. She also helps a great deal with NSE, advising students and helping them anyway she can. She also works with industry in awarding scholarships to CSE students. She assigns graduate students to work in the Student Resource Center so that undergraduate students will have the help they need. In the last 5 years, since Jenna started, Computer Science and Engineering has doubled in undergraduate students. She is so deserving of this award!”

“Jenna is an essential part of the CSE office staff. She is the first contact many prospective students have with the department giving tours and going over course plans with them. Jenna also works directly with current students as the manager of the Student Resource Center. This includes interviewing, hiring, and scheduling their work hours. Jenna is always pleasant and greets everyone with a smile. She is an integral part of the CSE Department – please give her an Applause!”

“In my first week as a new communications associate at CSE, a fellow staff member suggested I take a tour with Jenna to learn more about our department and our program. I was so impressed by her department knowledge, presentation, organization, and the warm welcome she gave the visiting family. Her tour gave me many ideas right away on how to better promote our program and how we can merge our marketing and recruiting efforts. The family she spoke with seemed very excited to send their son to our university, and I'd honestly be shocked if the student decided to get his education somewhere else. Jenna was able to answer every question about our program, as well as offer additional information on future internship opportunities in Lincoln, and even suggested a great place to grab lunch that afternoon. She truly provides a great visiting experience for prospective students and families, and I have no doubt many have chosen our program over other schools after a tour with her. Please award her an Applause!”

The Applause program recognizes innovative ideas, consistently outstanding performance, or service above and beyond the call of duty. Applause will be given for a valiant effort in either a failed attempt or a brilliant achievement.

Applause awards are given monthly. In addition to being recognized, Applause awardees receive: a cash award, a reception in their home department, and publication of their achievement across campus and on line. In addition, six candidates will receive an Annual Applause Award at our annual celebration. The annual award winners receive additional cash awards and are nominated for the University KUDOS award program.

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