Alvarez, a senior mathematics major, was nominated for his work with the Linfield Grounds Department. Many of his duties involve lawn maintenance, sprinkler inspection, plant care and other daily landscaping activities.
I decided to apply for the job because I enjoy the outdoors, said Alvarez. I also thought it would be a good way to help fund my education.
When Alvarez is not helping to keep the Linfield campus picturesque, he is a mathematics student teacher at McMinnville High School. In September, Alvarez will begin work as a math teacher at the high school.
Alvarez was nominated for the award by Jeff Scott, landscape supervisor for facility services at Linfield.
"Ramon has always been a dependable employee and demonstrated high standards of work," said Scott. "He will always take the initiative to do something that he knows needs to be done."
Linfield is a member of the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators along with colleges and universities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Individual winners from each college automatically enter the state competition. The winner of the state competition moves to the regional level.
Student employment is critical to both the student and the departments that hire them, said Cindy Homestead, assistant director of Linfield Human Resources. For the student, the job helps with finances as well as preparation for the real world of employment.
Alvarez was selected from several other Linfield students to receive the award. In recognition of his efforts, he received a gift certificate from the Linfield Bookstore and will be presented with a plaque at Linfield's Recognition Convocation.
It feels great to know that people notice the work that you do, said Alvarez. It is also a reflection of the great job the grounds crew does beautifying the campus.