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March 12, 2015 Volume 36, No. 23

Mizzou employee has given more than $10,000 to student scholarship fund


For 17 years, Susan Dayton has donated $50 a month to Campus Dining Services’ scholarship fund through payroll deduction. That adds up to more than $10,000.

“Since part of my job is recruiting, I began developing programs to help us recruit students to come work with us and then retain them,” said Dayton, Campus Dining manager of computing and recruiting resources. “So I started looking at [scholarships].”

Last April, $7,250 in scholarships were awarded to nine Campus Dining Services student employees. One of the largest student employers on campus, the unit employs more than 700 students each year.

“We look at not only how we can support [students] financially, but what skills we can help them develop,” said Dayton, who has worked at MU for more than 30 years; she graduated from the university in 1983 with a degree in human nutrition foods and food systems management.

“We can’t teach engineering or journalism,” Dayton said, “but we can teach teamwork, time management and communication.”

This story was adapted from an article by Derek Poore posted on the Student Affairs website.