A Forsyth Central High graduate’s improvement ideas recently garnered him an award from the University of Georgia.
Matthew Majors, a senior at UGA, was named the university's top student employee of the year.
According to a news release from the school, 100 of UGA’s some 5,000 student workers are nominated each year for the award.
Majors earned the highest honor this year after making a number of suggestions that led to improvements in the TEC Services department, where he has worked since January 2009.
Majors, who graduated from Central in 2004 and attended Gainesville State College prior to UGA, said he was “very honored” to receive the award.
“[The award] is a really good thing that the career center does. It gives you motivation,” he said.
His supervisor, Michael Stroup, director of TEC Services, nominated Majors for the award.
In a statement, Stroup described Majors is a "superior student employee."
"[He] embodies the professionalism and service-minded spirit that are so essential to the delivery of world-class technical services to a diverse and sophisticated student population,” Stroup said.
Among Majors’ improvement ideas was relocating the computer service outlet to the campus bookstore.
“We were tucked away at the back of campus,” Majors said. “So I developed a proposal that would make us more visible.”
He also had a vision for the new service site that included ample bench space for service operations and an aesthetically-pleasing customer reception zone.
“The new service center at the bookstore is a resounding success and is able to serve a higher volume of PC repair customers than the initial site,” said Stroup, adding that Majors has “taken a large burden from the shoulders of the TEC Services administration.”
Majors now oversees all duties related to scheduling work hours for student technicians and ensures they carry out tasks according to TEC Services policies.
Besides the new site, he also spearheaded a laptop rental program for students.
“With Matthew’s assistance, we were able to get this program off the ground in record time and extended this offering during the first week of fall semester,” Stroup said.
A 10-person faculty and staff committee chose the three recipients based on recommendation letters from a nominating supervisor.
Majors, who will graduate from UGA in December, said this summer he will complete an internship with NCR Corp., which has the nation’s leading market share on ATMs.
“I hope to work with them in the future,” he said, but noted that the award likely may open more options for his future. “I think it’ll definitely help me find a lot more interviews and opportunities,” he said.