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Staff Employee of the Month

Announcing the June Staff Employee of the Month
John Seltenright, Advisor Specialist II, Main Campus, Fort Pierce

John SeltenrightIndian River State College recognizes Satellite Beach resident John Seltenright as the June 2018 Staff Employee of the Month. John joined the IRSC family in March of 2016. Serving in the role as an Advisor Specialist II, John’s talent and ability quickly earned him a reputation as being among the best advisors at IRSC.

John is a true advocate for students and is never reticent about going to bat for them, making needed connections with faculty members or any other resource that helps students achieve success. John’s student retention and completion numbers consistently exceed overall College retention and completion goals, reflecting genuine commitment to the students he advises.

Displaying a unique ability to connect with students, John has the skills to calm down the most anxious student and the ability to encourage a reserved student to be comfortable expressing themselves freely. John can read a student’s mood during the short walk from the lobby to his office. In that brief time he assures them they are with someone who is going to answer their questions and see to it that they get the assistance and guidance they need.

John’s background in athletics led him to a role as one of two advisors assigned to advise IRSC student athletes. His proven ability to serve as the intermediary between the coaches in the Athletic Department and Advising Services helps these students complete their degrees and prepare for transfer. In addition to his daily responsibilities as an advisor, John has served on several committees and workgroups at the College including participation in the Onboarding workgroup.

John’s co-workers readily share how he impacts them daily. “John is incredibly hard working and brings an energy to our department that cannot be denied,” states one such co-worker. Another shares, “John remains consistently upbeat and that attitude makes the students more confident.” They continue saying, “John is in-it-to-win-it, and that spirit is conveyed to every student he works with.”

The Staff Employee of the Month Award recognizes a non-instructional employee. Nominations are evaluated by the Employee Recognition Committee, which is composed of IRSC staff members, faculty and administrators. For more information, contact Committee Chair Sera Serafini at (772) 462-7258.

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