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2013 Student Employee of the Year


Luke Colburn

Congratulations to Luke Colburn, winner of the 2013 UA Student Employee of the Year Award..


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The Department of Human Resources congratulates Luke Colburn, winner of the 2012-13 UA Student Employee of the Year Award.


A junior majoring in Computer Science, Colburn works as Lead Student Developer for the Health and Human Services group at the Center for Advanced Public Safety, where he is responsible for the design, architecture and development of various programming projects, including his primary project, myDHR - a software application for the Alabama Department of Human Resources.


Colburn was recognized for his achievements along with all the nominees at a luncheon held on April 10. He was presented with a $500 award from the Department of Human Resources, a merchandise certificate from the UA Supply Store, and a class ring provided by Balfour. Colburn will also represent The University of Alabama in the southeast regional-level Student Employee of the Year competition.


The following student employees were selected as Finalists in the 2012-13 competition; each received a $100 award from the Department of Human resources.

  • Nathan Corder - Student Assistant for Special Projects for Athletics Technology Advancement
  • Russell Pendley - Shipping & Receiving Assistant for the University Supply Store
  • Chelsea Primm - Programming Assistant for Housing and Residential Communities
  • Douglas Weathers -  Math Tutor & Help Session Leader for the Center for Academic Success

This year, 45 UA student employees were nominated by their supervisors for demonstrating exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and for making a unique contribution to their departments and The University of Alabama.


2012-13 UA Student Employee of the Year Nominees

  • Amber Abbott, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Hovhannes Alanakyan, University Libraries
  • Katherine Askew, Transportation Services
  • Daniel Barnes, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Cortez Burney, Capstone Village
  • Claire Chretien, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Jordan Cissell, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Abby Clark, Financial Affairs Information Technology
  • Katherine Coulter, University Recreation
  • Kylie Donnelly, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Brooke Evans, Furnishing & Design
  • Chaoran Fang, College of Communication & Information Sciences
  • Stewart Gray, Construction Administration
  • Derick Harmke, Economics, Finance & Legal Studies
  • Jennifer Hodnett, Human Development & Family Studies
  • Rachel Hudson, Housing & Residential Communities
  • William Jackson, First Year Experience & Parent Programs
  • Danielle Junkin, Undergraduate Admissions & Scholarships
  • Heather Lightsey, Purchasing Department
  • Raychel Martin, Information Systems, Statistics & Management Science
  • Deanna Mehlhoff, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Shannon Merillat, University Libraries
  • Donald Merren, VP Office of Advancement
  • Thomas Moat, College of Engineering
  • Maya Moss, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Landon Mueller, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Melissa Nesman, Information Systems, Statistics & Management Science
  • Jojuan Pressley, Supply Store
  • Ronte Pritchett, Career Center
  • Jamie Schumacker, Human Nutrition & Hospitality Management
  • Katharine Shepard, University Libraries
  • Allison Smith, Bryant Conference Center
  • Courtnie Stephens, University Libraries
  • Debbie Swift, Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
  • Carlton Tarpley, Housing & Residential Communities
  • Joshua Vanlandingham, Geological Sciences
  • Jacqueline Webb, School of Social Work
  • Leann Wilson, College of Communication & Information Sciences
  • Bethany Womack, School of Social Work
  • James Yacup, Housing & Residential Communities

Special thanks to the University Supply Store and Balfour for their generous and continued support of UA Student Employment.