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Ben Vandivier '02 Named Bowdoin Student Employee of the Year

Story posted March 19, 2002

Benjamin Vandivier, a senior from Prospect, Ky., has been named Student Employee of the Year by Bowdoin College. Vandivier was nominated for his superior work as an AV and on-call tech by Tim Bodzioney, the College's manager of audiovisual services.

A total of five students were nominated by their supervisors for Student Employee of the Year. The other four nominees were Andrea Armstrong, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Kathryn Donahue, a senior from Gardiner, Maine; Emily Duffus, a junior from Raymond, Maine; and Jennifer Morse, a senior from Fox Point, Wis.

The five nominees, along with 16 other students designated outstanding employees for 2001-02, will be recognized at the Outstanding Student Employee Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, in Main Lounge, Moulton Union, on the Bowdoin campus. Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:15.

Vandivier will be officially recognized as Student Employee of the Year at Bowdoin's Honors Day Ceremony on May 8.

The Student Employee of the Year Program is a competitive one, and the winner goes on to compete at the state level. The state winner vies for the northeast award, and then the national title.

Bowdoin College sets aside a week each year (April 1-7, 2002) to recognize student employees for the essential contributions they make on campus. Bowdoin has about 650 student employees, and many offices at the College depend heavily on student workers. Click here to read about this year's Student Employment Week.

Bodzioney described his employee, Ben Vandivier, as being "invaluable to the department." His job responsibilities include setting up and striking AV jobs, being on call weekends and late nights in the event of an AV emergency, and assisting in the AV office.

Vandivier has worked at the audiovisual department for four years, and according to Bodzioney has "never missed or been late for a single job." His ability to tackle even the toughest jobs is a recognized and valued attribute. Positive and upbeat, he is praised for remaining calm in the most trying and stressful circumstances, and pulling off every job "with the coolest aplomb."

Bodzioney called Vandivier his "ace in the hole," the one he can always count on to get a job "done in the best and most professional manner." He said Vandivier is "more knowledgeable about [the AV] field than most 'professionals'."

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