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DCC Junior Student Selected “2016 Outstanding Student Worker”

Schools and their student workers have a symbiotic relationship: student workers can walk to work, arrange work around their class schedules, and get an inside look at the functioning of the school. Meanwhile, the school relies on student workers to help carry out the mission and operations of the school.

At DCC, the system also gives staff the opportunity to mentor students in behaviors and values that the classroom may only get to talk about. That’s a big help in fulfilling our mentoring mission.

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Left to Right: Heidi Meeks, Hannah Haskell, Matthew Meeks

Starting this year the faculty and staff decided to honor an outstanding student worker. DCC has many reliable student workers, but this year DCC staff are effusive about student worker Hannah Haskell.

DCC Chief Financial Officer, Andrea Short, points out that Hannah has excelled in “…reliability, professionalism, quality of work, uniqueness of contributions, leadership, initiative, and impact to the department and campus community.”

Among the comments from staff about her are these: “She has set a great example for all current and future workers to aspire to… She has assisted with the implementation of procedures for the office. Her skills have broadened. …She is consistent in her work ethic, analytical of our processes, and able to foresee problems and provide feedback for solutions….Some of our procedures have been directly influenced by her input and have made some of the workload noticeably easier for us all….”

Hannah began working admissions over a year ago and Matthew Meeks, DCC vice president for communications, knew immediately that she would be a big asset to the department. “Hannah is one of the hardest working and most dependable student workers I’ve ever known. No matter the task she is given, she accomplishes it with a high degree of excellence and perseverance– she has been a blessing to all of us in the admissions area.”

How has Hannah developed her work ethic? When asked this recently, Hannah replied, “I’ve always had a strong sense of determination and organization. I was the kind of kid who tried harder when I encountered difficulties.” Then, when Hannah was in fourth grade, her mother, Trista, died, and Hannah, the oldest child, was thrust into more than the usual responsibilities.

She learned early the direct correlation between having the things you need—a car, a college education—and having an income. She took her first paying job at age seventeen, working in a doctor’s office, and then added a second job at the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK. When she started college, at Southwestern Oklahoma State, she kept the museum job and also added one in a psychologist’s office.

Even now, while being a full-time DCC student and a student worker, she is a nanny to an eleven-year-old. She’s adept at balancing not only several jobs at once but also several different kinds of jobs.

One of the key lessons she has learned along the way is that “I can do this myself” is not the best way. When she found herself in a financial bind, she finally had to give it up to God. “As soon as I said, ‘God will provide,’ He did.” She now sees His provision and assistance all around, through work, scholarships, loans, and grants.

Hannah was born in Lexington, KY, but has lived in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas. Growing up in a household of faith (her father Brad and stepmother Tammy are both in ministry), Hannah was baptized at age eight but “became untrusting” in her late teens, then came back to a faith of her own. She is now headed toward teaching, then graduate school, and possibly school administration.

As a student worker in the DCC admissions office, she found a great sense of purpose in meeting prospective students and helping them discover whether DCC is the right fit. She finds real pleasure in seeing them succeed at DCC, especially those headed into the teacher-education program.

As the summer begins, she is moving from admissions to being facilities coordinator, where her many skills will be put to work overseeing the use of the campus for our summer visitors and programs.

 

Dr. Cara Snyder is professor of English and literature at Dallas Christian College and managing editor and senior writer at the Cornerstone.

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