McAlister earns Fall 2023 Beth Maloan Award

Bailey McAlister, a senior integrated studies major from Rutherford, has earned the Fall 2023 Beth Maloan Outstanding UT Martin Student Employee Award.

McAlister is a work-study student in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

“Bailey has been a work-study employee with the Financial Aid and Scholarships office since Spring 2021,” said financial aid counselor Eryn Parker in her letter of nomination. “Bailey is an exemplary student while at work and while on campus. She has excelled in the classroom and with her extracurricular activities as well.

“Bailey is an active member with her sorority, Chi Omega, active within her college, the College of Education, and is currently in her first placement with student teaching. She has maintained a 3.25 while at UTM all while juggling all her responsibilities on campus and as a work-study for our office.”

McAlister began working with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships after her first semester at UT Martin was strictly online due to COVID-19. Within her first year, she helped encourage a sense of excitement and strong co-worker relationships by creating a fun environment in the office.

“When faced with challenges, such as COVID-19, office restructuring or difficult class work, she never let her positivity waiver,” Parker stated. “Through all of the trials and tribulations, she never let her positivity waiver and continued to provide excellent customer service. This once again reinforces her determination, reliable personality and dedication to the success of our office and campus.”

The Beth Maloan Outstanding Student Employee Award recognizes the UTM student employee with outstanding job performance, a strong commitment to the university and the initiative to go above and beyond the job requirements. 

Given in honor and memory of longtime employee and student advocate Beth Maloan, the award is presented each fall and spring and includes a $1,000 cash award as well as an engraved plaque. 

To be eligible for this award, the student must have been employed on campus for a minimum of one year, must be a full-time undergraduate, and must carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

The recipient will be selected based on problem solving and decision making skills, dependability, interpersonal skills and communication, teamwork, customer service, productivity, self-motivation and on- and off-campus working relationships.

Photo – UTM senior Bailey McAlister (right) earned the Fall 2023 Beth Maloan Outstanding UTM Student Employee Award. She is shown with Mike Maloan, chancery court judge for Weakley and Obion counties, and his daughter Jennifer Stroh of the UTM Office of Campus Recreation.

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