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Dayton Native, May Graduate Named National Student Employee of the Year

The National Student Employment Association has named Julianne Evans, a graduating dietetics major at the University of Dayton, 2019 National Student Employee of the Year in recognition of her work to address food insecurity and hunger in greater Dayton.

Evans is a Dayton native and a graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School. For the past two years, she has worked as a community outreach assistant with the Center for Social Concern, a unit of campus ministry that offers service and social justice opportunities for students. In this role, Evans helped connect students to community organizations and nonprofit agencies throughout greater Dayton as part of the center’s SERVICE Saturdays programming and REAL Dayton, a community engagement experience that takes place during fall break.

Evans, who will pursue a master’s degree in public health nutrition at the University of Tennessee, also used her academic interests to engage students in service work surrounding hunger and food insecurity throughout Dayton. She helped create a public health “plunge” for students to spend a day addressing social justice issues related to public health in Dayton. She also collaborated with academic units, student organizations and dining services at UD to launch Meals in Flight, a program to prepare and provide 300 healthy meals twice a month to local organizations that address hunger.

“Julianne is an exceptionally hard worker who always goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our campus and wider Dayton communities,” said Samantha Kennedy, campus minister for community outreach and Evans’ supervisor. “She has such a deep passion for social justice and public health in particular. It's been great to see her put her faith into action by working for social justice.”

In addition to her outreach work, Evans also helped provide administrative assistance to the center’s service clubs and completed other office tasks. She received a $1,000 cash prize from the NSEA president-elect during an on-campus awards ceremony in April.

“I was really surprised to be nominated,” Evans said. “I’m honored and humbled that I’ve contributed to work that’s making a difference not only on campus, but the greater Dayton community.”

Evans also was named Student Employee of the Year for UD, the state of Ohio and the Midwest region before winning the national award.

For interviews, contact Shannon Miller, associate director of news and internal communications, at smiller6@udayton.edu or 937-229-3258.


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