Ohio University senior Jesse Adams (right) accepts the 2012–13 NACUFS National Student Employee of the Year award from Director of Residential Dining Rich Neumann (left).

Photo courtesy of: Culinary Services

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Senior named top student university food service employee in the U.S.

Jesse Adams, centralized student employment hiring coordinator for Ohio University Culinary Services, has been recognized as the 2012–13 NACUFS National Student Employee of the Year.

The annual award is the National Association of College and University Food Services’ (NACUFS) highest honor for students in the collegiate food services industry. The organization has 510 member schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Adams is the third OHIO student to receive the award.

“No other university in NACUFS has won this award more times,” said Rich Neumann, director of Residential Dining and NACUFS treasurer.

Adams will receive a check for $5,000 for his diligence, competence and excellence as a student culinary employee at Ohio University; he also will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Campus Dining Today magazine and on the NACUFS website.

“I feel that I got this award because of the support of everyone around me,” Adams said. “It wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

Adams, an Athens, Ohio, resident majoring in restaurant, hotel and tourism management, has worked with Culinary Services in numerous capacities since August 2009. In his current position as centralized student employment hiring coordinator, Adams leads Culinary Services’ Centralized Student Employment team, which is responsible for maintaining proper staffing levels and ensuring the legal hiring of all student employees across 17 different Culinary Services venues.

“I’ve always been impressed by Jesse’s ability to multitask and maintain a positive working environment that’s conducive to hiring the right people,” said Autumn Ryder, general manager of Nelson Court.

Adams plans to take many of the skills and experiences gained during his time with Culinary Services and apply them toward a career in hospitality and hotel management.