Julia Shepherd Named Libraries' Outstanding Student Employee

Julia Shepherd poses for a photograph outside the book shelves of King Library

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

Senior Julia Shepherd is the recipient of the 2018 Miami University Libraries Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. 

Shepherd, a linguistics and Spanish major from Mason, Ohio, was one of 47 senior or graduate student employees recognized at the Libraries’ annual Student Recognition Dinner Sunday night. During her four years in King Library, she worked at the circulation desk, Center for Information Management, Center for Digital Scholarship and Instructional Materials Center. 

She was presented the honor by Jerome Conley, dean and university librarian; Kris Abney, manager of access and circulation; and Bryan Partner, senior library technician. Her nomination emphasized her passion for library work and her always positive attitude.

“Julia arrived at the Libraries four years ago wanting to be a librarian. She has done everything she can to prepare herself for that goal, including working in four different areas within the University Libraries,” the nomination read. “She has worked overnights, weekends, holidays and numerous breaks with a smile and a great deal of enthusiasm.”

The Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award and Libraries Student Recognition Dinner began two years ago as a way of thanking and recognizing the University Libraries’ senior student employees. Across four campus locations, the University Libraries currently employ more than 100 student workers.

“They are in many ways the faces of the University Libraries, whether connecting patrons with resources from the circulation desk or carrying out behind-the-scenes tasks that keep everything running smoothly,” Conley said. “But they give us so much more than the tasks they perform. They are like family.”

Other featured speakers included Phyllis Callahan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Bradley Mascho ’02 M.A. ’03 a former Libraries student worker who is chief AI officer for NCI.

The full listing of all University Libraries’ student employees who will graduate in spring, summer or fall 2018 is as follows:

Meeta Bhardwaj
Biology

Carly Bieler 
Early Childhood Education/Teaching English Language Learners

Margaret Breidenbaugh
History (master’s)

Mike Carson 
Finance

João Castro
Architecture

Libby Crook
Speech Pathology & Audiology/Spanish

Benjamin Cushing
History/Integrated Social Studies Education

Sophia Del Valle
Early Childhood Education

Heng Gao 
Psychology

Chantel Gates
Psychology

Jack Hallett
Finance

Julia Harrelson 
Sport Leadership and Management

Austin Bryana Lee-Anne Hogans 
Architecture

Ryaan Ibtisam 
Finance

Brant Imhoff 
Statistics (master’s)

David Lau 
Statistics

Hannah Liming 
Early Childhood Education

Taylor Manning 
Speech Pathology & Audiology (master’s)

Chad Miller 
Political Science

Madyson Murray 
Marketing/Business Economics

Arthur Newberry 
Graphic Design/Film Studies

Colin Nguyen Dinh
Finance / Analytics

Sherif Owusu 
Public Administration

Parth Patel 
Electrical Engineering

Shervani Patel 
Marketing/ Comparative Media Studies

Kassie Paul 
Middle Childhood Education

Gaby Perez 
Kinesiology

Jalana Phillips 
Theatre

Candace Pine
Library and Information Science

Annie Prior 
Chemistry

Rachel Marie Reeves 
Political Science

 

Ardin Reinhart 
Statistics and Analytics

Stephenie Richardson 
Botany

Michael Richart 
Integrated English Language Arts Education

Delaney Roberts
Music Education

Sarah Robison 
Psychology

Kaylie Schunk 
History

Meghan Shaughnessy 
Accounting (combined bachelor’s/master’s)

Caitlin Sheehan 
Social Work

Julia Shepherd 
Spanish / Linguistics

Katherine Shirley 
Integrated English Language Arts Education / Spanish

Amanda Smith 
Public Administration and Urban Planning

Maria Taylor 
Creative Writing/English Literature

Remy Willocks
History

Madelaine Wood 
Journalism

Rebecca Wyma 
Microbiology

Coco Zhang
Accounting / Information Systems