An essential part of the FIGS team is our undergraduate student intern team, which takes on many large-scale projects while also addressing the day-to-day needs of the program. We are thrilled to recognize our own Kayla Broyles, whose work as a New Student Programs intern in 2015-2016 was acknowledged with a Chancellor’s Student Staff Excellence Award in April. The Rutgers Chancellor’s Student Leadership Awards recognize exceptional leadership, commitment, and Rutgers pride. The Student Staff Excellence Award, in particular, recognizes student staff members who exceed job expectations and demonstrate exemplary initiative, commitment, and service in their roles as student employees.
In her time as an intern for the Office of New Student Programs, Kayla has gone above and beyond to help the FIGS program expand and reorganize in many effective ways. She has assisted with department-wide research and assessment that allowed the FIGS team to present exciting new information on student leadership at the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience’s conference this past February. Additionally, Kayla’s expertise in data analysis was crucial to helping to evaluate student feedback and improve the FIGS experience this year. As a Supply Chain Management major in the Rutgers Business School, she used skills acquired in classes in the workplace. “I have knowledge from class, but actually getting to use it, discover other things on Excel, and to put [that knowledge] into practice so … I have real world experience with it are some of the benefits of working here,” Kayla said. She also introduced new ideas for presenting the Peer Instructor role to her peers in the Rutgers Business School, allowing us to generate interest in the FIGS teaching position with almost 500 students.
Kayla was very excited to be recognized for her efforts. “Winning a Student Staff Excellence Award showed me that all of my hard work is paying off and everyone appreciates what I am doing,” she said. “It shows that everyone cares…and that the University recognizes student work.” We are so grateful to Kayla all of the work she has done and are proud of her efforts to make the FIGS program and Rutgers a better place. Congratulations, Kayla!