As part of a new initiative on campus to prepare Griffons for employment after graduation by recognizing hard work, the Career Development Center, office of Student Employment and Employee Relations department are invoking a new campus-wide award -- student employee of the year. Kayte Fisette, a senior public relations major, has been awarded the title of student employee of the year for her work in Missouri Western’s admissions office. “I am so excited. It’s such an honor to represent Missouri Western and the admissions office,” Fisette said. Fisette has worked in the office for five years, and has grown close to her supervisor, Kristen Neeley, the assistant director for new student programs. Kay-lynne Taylor, director of the career development center, the office of student employment and employee relations, said that there were four nominees for the award. Taylor said that, as of now, there is a reception for the student employee of the year. She said the program is moving forward, and she hopes to create an appreciation banquet where the student will be recognized. “We want to help students succeed, and one of the best ways to encourage success is to recognize their hard work,” Taylor said. Neeley nominated Fisette for the student employee of the year award, and was pleased when she won. “Kayte goes above and beyond to make sure that she accomplishes every task that is given to her, and she does it well,” Neeley said. Fisette is now the admissions intern. She has been very involved in the admissions office through the years by being a registration leader, a Griffon Edge leader and a student ambassador. She thanked her sorority for encouraging her to apply to work in the office. “I was a new member of ASA, and a lot of the older sisters who worked in the office encouraged me to apply when there was an opening,” Fisette said. “I really have my sorority to thank.” Neeley said that it will be hard to let Fisette go. “In my eyes, she is a professional staff member and she conducts herself as such,” Neeley said. “She currently supervises six student employees. She also has developed an employee training manual, a student leader model and she is an expert in all aspects of our admissions office. I wish she didn’t have to graduate.” Fisette, along with being student employee of the year, also won Homecoming Queen in Fall 2013. She graduates on May 10.