(Above) A group of exceptional student employees was honored during a reception for the Student Employee of the Year. 

Hermon Feron was named Collin College’s first-ever Student Employee of the Year and several student workers were honored at a special reception organized by Collin College’s All College Council (ACC), April 18.

The reception recognized “excellence and extraordinary effort demonstrated by Collin College student employees who exemplify the college’s Core Values of Learning, Service and Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, Academic Excellence, Dignity and Respect, and Integrity.” Other nominees for the Student Employee of the Year award were: Nada Ali, Sumayah H Al Haddad, Monique Esquillo, Ashleigh Danielle Flanagan, Nancy Hernandez, Kim Ho, Jeffrey Kratz, Jacob Samuel Pettibon, Soyata Rouniyar, Anita Schwarz, Niloofar Shirani, Ghina Siddiqui and Beth Wykoff.

Dr. Neil Matkin, Student Employee of the Year Hermon Feron and All College Council President Stephen Rogers

Hermon Feron (center) was named Collin College Student Employee of the Year. She was congratulated by District President Dr. Neil Matkin (left) and All College Council Chair Stephen Rogers (right).

Feron is a student assistant in the Spring Creek Campus Library and was nominated for her ingenuity and work ethic, as well as her positive attitude. The person who nominated her said, “She has a center of integrity and honor that is her guidance in life and decisions. Hermon has a great sense of service to the college and community. She works hard at everything she does, with a smile for all around her.”

For her part, Feron said she enjoys the library’s calm atmosphere and that her time working there has given her a first-hand look at the resources available to students that she did not know about before.

“It is a nice, quiet environment with people studying,” Feron said. “My co-workers are really nice and easy to work with, and it really isn’t hard to do your job because things are usually nice and quiet.

“There is no place I would rather work.”

Asked if she would recommend a work-study job like hers to a friend, she said she often does.

“It is the perfect number of hours for me,” she said. “It isn’t a 30- or 40-hour workweek, so I can still keep my grades up while paying tuition and not getting into debt. I feel like this is the perfect situation.

“I encourage a lot of my friends to apply because people leave each semester and there are a lot of openings.”

Feron received a plaque commemorating the honor and an official Collin College diploma frame, and is now eligible to be honored at the regional and/or national levels of the National Student Employee Association awards. To qualify for the award, nominees must be student employees who have worked a minimum of six months part-time during the selection period.