Abbey Hufstetler, a PR major at UGA, had much to celebrate at Spring convocation. In April, Hufstetler was awarded second place in the campus-wide competition for UGA’s Student Employee of the Year. Each year, the University of Georgia Career Center recognizes the top 100 student workers on campus at the National Student Employee of the Year awards luncheon.
Originally from Cartersville, GA, Hufstetler had been actively involved in with Grady and UGA communities. As a member of PRSSA she participated in the various activities and events promoted by the association, attended ADPR connection for the past two years, and served on a Creative Consultants team. Within the UGA community, Hufstetler worked for the Arch Society, where she served as an official host and goodwill ambassador for the university. She also had the opportunity of serving as the president of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega, and this Summer she will chair the sorority's national convention.
After graduation, Hufstetler plans to work with event planning and communications, and alumni relations programs in universities.
"After taking a course last semester with Mr. Tom Landrum about fund development in higher education, I realized how vital alumni relations programs are to universities," Hufstetler said. "I would love to be a part of planning events and providing communication tools to keep alumni engaged and involved with their alma mater and other programs they have been involved in."
Regarding her award in the campus-wide competition for UGA’s Student Employee of the Year Hufstetler said: "I was so humbled to be selected as the first runner up for UGA's Student Employee of the Year when the awards were given at a luncheon on April 18. An avid 4-H'er from 5th-12th grade, it has been an incredible experience to be able to give back to 4-H through the State 4-H Office over the four years I've been at UGA. My supervisor has been a wonderful mentor to me throughout my time here, and I am honored to be able to represent a small part of all the work that she does and the wider impact of the whole 4-H program."