February 27, 2013, started out as an ordinary day for Kevin Luecke, a senior astronomy and computer science double major. He got up, headed to campus and went into work in the Department of Astronomy Freshman Research Initiative stream, as usual. But just as he was getting comfortable, he was met with balloons and congratulations: Kevin Luecke is the 2012-13 Student Employee of the Year.
The award recognizes student employees who excel in reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness in their contribution to the university. Luecke, who was selected from a field of 73 nominees, is an undergraduate research assistant in the College of Natural Sciences' Department of Astronomy and McDonald Observatory.