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ALLENTOWN, PA (APRIL 17, 2009)-Cedar Crest College student Diana Catron, a junior from Greencastle, PA, was named the Student Employee of the Year for 2008-09 in District 6 of the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA), which includes colleges and universities in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Catron, who majors in nutrition, earned the district-wide honor after being selected top student employee at Cedar Crest College. She was presented with a plaque and Barnes & Noble gift card from Cedar Crest College during a surprise recognition program and reception held by the school on Thursday, as well as a Visa gift card from the NEASEA.

"Ms. Catron was selected as the District 6 Student Employee of the Year based on her contributions to her employer, attitude and commitment to her position. Ms Catron showed great flexibility and responsibility in her work," said Erin Clark, chair of the NEASEA Student Employee of the Year Program.

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Catron works in the Lees Hall athletic building as health and wellness coordinator, where she primarily assists with the College's Healthy U. program, which promotes a variety of fitness programs to the campus community. She was nominated for student employee honors by Cedar Crest Director of Wellness Val Donohue, who called Catron "very deserving" during the recognition program.

"Diana's contributions to Healthy U. have been monumental from day one. They include creating promotional materials, distributing health tips and program reminders, writing press releases and articles for the College's parent newsletter, performing weigh-ins, contacting participants, designing logos and t-shirts, keeping records, and doing complex data analysis," Donohue wrote in her nomination letter. "In all aspects of her work, Diana has been unfailingly enthusiastic and extremely forward-thinking, suggesting all sorts of new idea and initiatives."

As well as Catron handled the demands of her position in the athletic department, it may well have been her ability to improvise and go above and beyond what was expected that helped her earn Student Employee of the Year honors. Last fall Donohue spent most of the semester on extended medical leave and amid fears that this would create major problems in the department, Catron helped ensure programs continued smoothly.

"Fall is the busiest time in our department, with five varsity sports in full swing and a large crop of incoming students who need to be made aware of all of our health and wellness offerings and have the rather involved details of Healthy U explained to them," said Donohue. "With nothing more than minimal phone supervision and some assistance from the nutrition department, she managed a team of other student workers and Healthy U coordinators to continue all of our programs without interruption."

Catron was excited about earning the recognition and thankful for help she received that made the honor possible.

"I am really very thankful for all the Healthy U. girls. They'll do anything, and they really helped me out a lot," said Catron, who went out of her way to praise Healthy U. Co-Coordinator Keri Lasky, as well as student workers Amanda Beck and Brooke Biloholowski . "I really love this job. One day, I could be yelling to start a triathlon, and the next day I'm poring over spread sheets. It's fun."

In addition to enhancing her knowledge in the area of nutrition, Catron said her job as health and wellness coordinator has also taught her a great deal about leadership, which is a major part of the Cedar Crest College mission. She plans to continue in the position during the 2009-10 academic year.

Catron is the daughter of Michael and Hilary Catron and a 2006 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School.


Last Updated: 4/24/09