Since the first day of her freshman year, Jessica Hicks has been a familiar face in the dean’s office in the College of Business.

In the four years since, Hicks has taken on an increasingly important role in the operation of the office. Her work was honored in the spring when Hicks was named PSU’s student employee of the year.

Hicks, according to PSU President Steve Scott, and the other 900 or so undergraduate and graduate students who work in offices across campus, play a major role in the day-to-day operation of the campus and the care of students.

“I just can’t imagine how this university would operate without our student workers,” Scott said.