CAMBUS in 2022 has nominated two employees, Alyson Holevoet and Connor Steele, for UI Student Employee of the Year. In a year that CAMBUS faced staffing challenges in recovering from the pandemic, Holevoet and Steele’s leadership and flexibility helped lead to the stabilization and advancement of CAMBUS services. Their efforts demonstrate the positive impacts to campus services by empowering students in leadership positions.
“This nomination means a lot to me, and it is a testament to how well my fellow employees support me in my position. I could not do any of the work I do without my colleagues being so encouraging about the work we are doing together,” expresses Holevoet.
“Being nominated for this award is such a high honor. I appreciate the recognition because I put forth so much effort and being seen for that is extremely rewarding,” says Steele.
“I’ve made some of my best friends through this job, and I think that says a lot about the people that work here," says Holevoet. “There are lots of opportunities to get together and get to know each other.”
Holevoet has also been an exemplary leader at CAMBUS in terms of teamwork, communication, and critical thinking. She has worked across the dispatching, training and safety, bionic, and maintenance teams to find opportunities to improve operations and more effectively deliver CAMBUS services. In weekly supervisor meetings, she consistently provides thoughtful and constructive insight across CAMBUS operations.
Through her work in hiring and onboarding employees and working across multiple teams at CAMBUS, Holevoet has also established herself as an approachable and trusted resource for student staff. CAMBUS students seek out Holevoet for guidance, to ask questions, to provide workplace feedback, or ask for assistance with issues. The guidance and leadership she provides to staff has had a direct impact on maintaining a work environment that is positive and collaborative, despite the staffing challenges student employees have faced.
“Since starting at CAMBUS, I’ve become more outgoing, and confident in my skills and judgement. After all the experiences that I’ve had – whether they were out on the road, dispatching, or as the Personnel Supervisor – I feel assured that I’ll be more successful in doing what I want post-college,” states Holevoet.
“One thing I’ve enjoyed about my position is being able to grow as a leader and solve problems that arise. I have also had a lot of growth in my ability to make decisions,” expressed Steele.
Steele was also responsible for advancing CAMBUS’ safety programs and providing safety instruction to student drivers. His thoughtful and collaborative approach to safety, as well as his leadership being rooted in coaching, have been appreciated by CAMBUS staff. Steele demonstrates a clear commitment to serving both staff and riders through the advancement of training and safety initiatives at CAMBUS.
“CAMBUS has some of the best culture of any job that I’ve had. I love the ability to interact with coworkers and being one of the first people new driver-trainees meet at CAMBUS,” says Steele. “It has also allowed me to form some great friendships that will last beyond college.”
“During some tough transitions for CAMBUS in terms of staffing and new federal regulations, Connor has continually stepped up in critical roles and taken on more responsibility – to the benefit of our student teams and riders,” replied Brunelli.
About UI Student of the Year
The University of Iowa employs approximately 8,000 students across campus. Each year, the Office of Student Employment calls upon supervisors to nominate students for the Student Employee of the Year Awards. A selection committee determines winners in the following categories: overall campus winner, category winners, and certificate of distinction. Learn more: https://careers.uiowa.edu/seoy#nomination--selection-process
CAMBUS was founded by University of Iowa students in 1972. It has been operated by students ever since. CAMBUS employs approximately 160 students to operate the campus-wide transit system, including fixed-route operators, Bionic paratransit operators, dispatchers, trainers, maintenance assistants, office assistants, and supervisors. In their commitment to sustainable and accessible campus transportation, student employees at CAMBUS are a remarkable example of the superior abilities and dedication of Iowa students.