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  April 9, 2001

Shuttle Bus Manager Receives
Student Employee of Year Award

He still has papers to write and tests to take, but that doesn't mean he isn't serious about his part-time job. Very serious. Joseph Comerford, a seventh semester business management major, has been named the University's Student Employee of the Year for his work as assistant manager of shuttle operations at Transportation Services.

Comerford was honored during a ceremony held April 5 as part of UConn's Student Employment Recognition Week, April 2-6.

The week - which this year had the theme of "Student Employment: An Investment That Works" - is intended to acknowledge the important role that work plays in students' education.

Comerford, who has worked in transportation services for more than three years, is responsible for all aspects of the campus shuttle bus operation.

He manages the shuttle bus drivers, oversees transportation during special events, and is in charge of scheduling employees. He also holds meetings with the drivers that focus on the importance of safe driving.

During his 15 months as assistant manager, Comerford has made many improvements within the department. By creating a stronger emphasis on safety and development, he has significantly reduced shuttle bus accidents.

He also rewrote the operations manual for transportation services and developed safer and more effective bus routes for on-campus basketball games.

"Joseph has great initiative, is full of ideas and is very easy for everyone to get along with," says Janet Freniere, manager of transportation services and Comerford's supervisor. "He's always looking for solutions to problems."

On-campus employment offers students the opportunity to pursue career interests or, for those working in non-career related areas, the chance to develop skills important to any profession.

The more than 5,000 student employees on the Storrs and branch campuses, who work an average of eight to 12 hours per week, also perform valuable services that are essential to the efficient operation of the University.

Rebecca Stygar

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