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Student Food Service Worker of the Year
Athletic Dining Room
Purdue University - 3rd Place
Industrial Hygiene Student Association
Industrial Hygiene Student Association
Dear Student Employee of the Year Selection Commitee:
Jacob McDaniel has been a great asset to the Athletic Dining Room and The Knight Spot Grill for the past 4 years.
Jacob's work ethic, positive attitude, organizational, leadership and communication skills all create the picture of a student employee who is outstanding in every way. He started working in the Athletic Dining Room as a student employee in August 2003. His outstanding work performance helped promote him to a Student Supervisor in Training in February 2004. His ability to learn and adapt to the supervisory role earned him a promotion to Student Supervisor in January 2005 in the Athletic Dining Room. While waiting for a position to come open in the Athletic Dining Room Jacob was willing to work shifts as a Student Supervisor in The Knight Spot Grill from August 2004 - May 2005. Jacob applied and was selected as Student Manager for the Athletic Dining Room in December 2005. He has completed training in Proper Hand washing, Armed Robbery Training, Customer Service and Sanitation. As a Student Manager, Jacob is responsible for the training of all student employees and Student Supervisors, supervising meals in the Athletic Dining Room, working all Football recruiting functions before home football games, supervising some catering functions, and making sure all student employees are evaluated by Student Supervisors, along with maintaining office hours 3 days a week. He conducts the Student Supervisor meeting every two weeks. Jacob feels very strongly that food service is an important job with serious responsibilities. He is constantly emphasizing the importance of quality, sanitation, and service. As Operations Manager, I feel privileged to work with a student employee of Jacob's caliber, one who constantly supports these important concepts through training and through the examples that he sets every day. Jacob's greatest asset to the Athletic Dining Room operation is his exceptional communication skills. Jacob's disposition makes him the person the student employees come to with questions or concerns. Jacob's nature is one that allows him to discipline student employees but also enables him to be highly respected by his peers. The student employees feel comfortable with Jacob because he listens to their problems or concerns with understanding. Jacob then takes their issues to the administrative staff or other Student Supervisors. Once Jacob has addressed the concern with the proper person, he will then report back to the student employee with an answer. Some projects that Jacob has worked on include: updating the system student employee manual to include the unique aspects for the Athletic Dining Room, the weekly cleaning list, and the Student Supervisor in Training list. The weekly cleaning checklist is used to help reduce duplication of work being done in the Athletic Dining Room, while at the same time allowing for a more efficient use of time throughout the week. The system has helped make the Athletic Dining Room a cleaner, and therefore, safer food production environment. To help train the new Student Supervisors Jacob revised and implemented a new Student Supervisor in Training checklist which includes not only equipment and functions in the dining room but external catered functions. The Student Supervisor in Training must now work twice at a Fast Break meal and twice at a recruiting function at Kissell. This list also serves as a way for the Student Supervisors to double-check the Student Supervisors in Training's quality of work. Jacob took the initiative as a Student Supervisor to help the previous Student Manager develop extensive cleaning sheets for new employees to follow. The cleaning sheets are user friendly step by step instructions on how equipment is to be taken apart, cleaned, sanitized and put back together. Besides cleaning each piece of equipment and writing down the procedures, he also took pictures with the digital camera. Jacob developed and implemented a student employee checklist with all responsibilities a student employee might have to do during a work shift. Once the student employee has done that job for a work shift then the Student Supervisor will check that responsibility off of their list. A Health Science major in Occupational and Environmental Heath, Jacob took the initiative to compile the Material Safety Data Sheets book for the newly renovated Knight Spot Grill. For the products that were not currently in use in the building, Jacob contacted the company to have them send us the Material Safety Data Sheets. Besides assembling the Material Safety Data Sheet book, Jacob also completed the Chemical Inventory Form which has the information about the chemical, manufacturer name, city, state, phone number of manufacturer; and the process the chemical is used for, and if we had a Material Safety Data Sheet on the chemical. Jacob has taken on the leadership role in conducting Student Supervisor meetings every two weeks. After talking with the Athletic Dining Room Supervisors, the cooks, and the Operations Manager, he sets the meeting agenda. After the meeting Jacob types the meeting minutes and sends them out to the student supervisory staff and the administrative supervisors. This has made communication more consistent. Jacob has also shown his leadership abilities by being one of five student employee on the Student Employment Committee for University Residences which works on different issues concerning student employees. Currently, they are developing a Student Manager in Training position and a student employee recognition week in April. Some responsibilities Jacob had during the summer included helping make and categorize six weeks of new menu signage for the Athletic Dining Room, working the mega conferences, and recruiting student workers during Day on Campus. Jacob also helped develop, organize, and implement Student Supervisor training for August when the Student Supervisors returned to work. He helped organize an eight hour day of leadership and communication activities so that the student supervisory staff could further develop their leadership and communications skills. Jacob also planned equipment training and helped schedule several guest speakers for the training. Jacob is always dependable and reliable. Currently as a full-time student, Jacob works 15 to 20 hours a week, in addition to attending Student Supervisors meetings and University Residence Student Manager meetings. In the beginning of the fall semester while we were short staffed Jacob worked every day while taking 18 credits hours and earning a 3.83 grade point average. Recently, during the university snow recess Jacob took the initiative to make sure all student employees knew they still had to work. He sent an e-mail from home early in the day explaining that everyone would be paid time and a half for working. If they could not make it to work they needed to please call the foods office. If they were not scheduled to work they could call and say they could work for someone that could not make it in to work because of the snow. Jacob came in around 3:00 p.m. to help with phone calls from student employees and to help with food preparation for the meal. In addition to Jacob's many accomplishments at work, he is involved with the Purdue Industrial Hygiene Association (PIHSA) on campus. As a member of the Industrial Hygiene Student Association he was appointed treasurer in May 2006 being responsible for managing dues, planning events and promoting the club. Jacob is also a free-lance writer for the Iconoclast Entertainment which has strengthened his writing skills through album reviews, interviews, and features for an online magazine with over 1,000 weekly readers. I feel very strongly that Jacob McDaniel is the Outstanding Student Food Service Worker of the Year at Purdue University. Jacob's reliability, quality of work, initiative, leadership, dedication, and communication skills represent the ideal student for this award. Jacob is a model employee for the Athletic Dining Room.
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Jacob McDaniel- Purdue University - 3rd Place - $500 scholarship from the MW Region
A mea culpa from me to Johnson County Community College student Jacob McDaniel, who was inadvertently left off the list of Kansas City area gold Addy winners in last week's column, and who won a gold for Three Thieves Brewing Co.McDaniel joins two other Johnson County Community College students who won Addys: Ben Armour, who won a gold, and Silvia Thomann, who won a silver.