Ann Mitchell earns student employment service award

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

RICHARDSON, Tex. - Ann Mitchell, Central Arizona College's coordinator for career and student employment has been named as this year's recipient of the Margene Orzalli Memorial Award by the National Student Employment Association (NSEA).

The Margene Orzalli Memorial Award is presented to a member of NSEA who has demonstrated extraordinary effort, energy and time commitment on behalf of NSEA for a period of two or more years.

The recipient provides leadership and vision through numerous activities including committee work, conferences and programs, leadership positions as an officer or director, or work on special projects. This award was named in memory of Margene Orzalli, whose efforts resulted in the establishment of WASEA, the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators.

A CAC employee for 31 years, Mitchell has held her current position for the last 12. She feels that, in essence, the award has brought her life full-circle.

Mitchell - then a CAC student who also was a single mother of two - earned her first position at CAC after submitting a resume and cover letter to the college's human resources office as part of a class project.

Little did she know that a job in registration and admission would blossom into a career that helps students accomplish what she did all those years ago as young single parent.

As an NSEA member, Mitchell has served as the organization's vice president for the last two years, helping it select its strategic goals. In October she served as the co-chair of the NSEA's annual conference.

"The most surprising thing," Mitchell said, "is that I was actually nominated by two of my colleagues. I was really impressed and gracious to have received their nominations."

The National Student Employment Association is an organization of several hundred professionals involved with programs for college students who work. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in administering student employment or hiring students.

NSEA supports and promotes student employment through research, publications, professional development opportunities, and the open exchange of information.

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