Granger Named Student Employee of the Year
April 11, 2011
The University of Mount Union kicked off National Student Employee Appreciation Week (April 11-15) by naming Cali Granger, sophomore biology major of Homeworth, OH, the 2011 Student Employee of the Year.
The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center nominated Granger for her hard work, reliability and ability to go above and beyond what is expected. A member of the Nature Center staff since 2009, Granger serves as a receptionist and assists with programming, community outreach, facility and grounds maintenance. She also served as a 2010 AmeriCorps*VISTA summer associate.
According to Bonnie Twaddle, community outreach coordinator of the Nature Center and Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology and director of the Nature Center, Granger brings a high-level of knowledge that is useful in many aspects at the Nature Center. Her job titles and responsibilities have increased quickly since September 5, 2009, which she accepted willingly.
“Cali is extremely reliable,” said Twaddle and McClaugherty. “She is always on time, often times early, and will stay late to complete a task or just so visitors don’t have to be rushed out of the Visitors Center at closing time. She works well with the Nature Center staff and volunteers, and is willing to attempt any task required of her. Cali is trustworthy, dependable and flexible with work hours and as situations change on the spot.”
While serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA, she and another student completed an intense eight-week summer program entitled, Fight Poverty with Passion. Collectively, they set a goal to reach 1,000 people by providing access to healthy foods and fun, educational outdoor activities. These two summer associates joined forces to achieve this goal by developing, preparing and facilitating different activities for children. Some of these activities included outdoor activities at Maple Beach Park for the Free Summer Meals Program with Alliance City Schools, free family dinners at Feed My Sheep Ministries, nature scavenger hunt at Silver Park and hands-on gardening programs for children at the Nature Center. At the conclusion of their eight-week summer program, they more than tripled their initial goal, as they reached 3,126 people.
Granger’s unique contribution to the Nature Center is her love for and knowledge of insects, which is how the bare-foot country girl rightfully earned the title “bug lady.” At the Nature Center, she has been able to share her knowledge of insects, and is always the first to identify insects that visitors of the Nature Center bring in for identification.
“The Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center mission is to provide and support opportunities for enjoying and learning about our natural and cultural heritage,” Twaddle and McClaugherty added. “Every day that Cali works for us, she advances our mission with enthusiasm.”
Each year, Mount Union recognizes the efforts of students employed through the Mount Union student employment programs. On an annual basis, Mount Union employs over 1,000 students. These students make tremendous contributions to the University's goal of fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship.
Departments on campus and community service agencies that employ Mount Union students were encouraged to nominate exceptional employees who significantly contribute to Mount Union or agency. Selection criteria for nominated employees are based on professionalism, reliability, quality of work, initiative and uniqueness of contribution.