College Appreciates its Student Employees

Each year, the BYU campus community designates the last week of March as Student Employee Appreciation Week. The College of Nursing at Brigham Young University benefits significantly from student employees and is pleased to highlight a few of the individuals working in the Spencer W. Kimball Tower.

(Left) Gowans, Moreno, Smith, and Taylor; Johns not pictured.


Media Team Members

The college media team members consist of three public relations assistants: Lyndee Johns, Corbin Smith, and Quincey Taylor; and two videographers: Zak Gowans and Marley “Mars” Mareno.

Lyndee Johns is a senior from Vancouver, Washington, and will graduate in April. She is completing an English major with a minor in editing and creative writing. This semester, she has worked for the media team as part of an internship for her capstone editing class. Her supervisor, public relations and communications manager Jeff L. Peery says, “Lyndee’s passion for literature is shown when she can carry a conversation about ANY character in any novel or story. She truly enjoys reading all types of genres.”

For the college, Johns’ skills are demonstrated through various types of writing. During the semester, her portfolio of articles focused on formal research and mentored learning pieces to positive and uplifting student and alumni spotlights. Peery says, “She is a strong writer and produces thoughtful stories that show her ability to tell stories as well as convey vital information.”

Corbin Smith is a junior from Auburn, Washington. He was accepted into BYU’s public relations program this semester and used his employment as a way to enhance and strengthen his education. His abilities include writing unique narratives, engaging with students online through social channels, and being willing to try new things when it comes to planning special events.

“Smith has a contagious smile and outgoing personality that makes him easily relatable,” says Peery. “We sometimes use him for photos or video extras as he is so accommodating to help with any project.”

For example, to promote the annual Night of Nursing events last month, Corbin filmed a message to alumni showing him baking cookies and enjoying a glass of BYU chocolate milk. The shot called for him to miss his lips and spill the liquid down his t-shirt and then exclaim—“My bad!”

Watch the Planned Just for You: Night of Nursing video at

“We filmed the scene five times, with each one requiring Corbin to change his shirt,” says Peery. “On the last attempt, he knew it was the last, so he poured the rest of the bottle on himself. It was so fun; we had to use it for the video, instead of the blooper reel.”

Quincey Taylor is a senior from Bentonville, Arkansas, and will graduate in April. She also studies public relations and has enjoyed her four semesters at the college. Her strengths reside in details and event planning. She previously worked for the university alumni office and brought with her the ability to understand alumni relations, organizing special events, and tracking event details.

“Quincey has spent most of her time at BYU understanding how alumni-related tactics are implemented,” says Peery. “Things like nametags, surveys, and event registrations may overwhelm others, but she is familiar with and capable of handling many tasks at a time.”

The college recently started using university alumni chapters to help host Night of Nursing locations. As a coincidence, Quincey’s parents are chapter chairs for the BYU Arkansas Chapter and have hosted events for the past two years. “It was good to see her interact with her parents in this unique way,” says Peery.

Mars Mareno is a senior from Payson, Utah, and will graduate in August. She studies film at BYU and brings a vast knowledge of sound-mixing, lighting, and editing to the college.

“If I had to share a flaw for Mars, it is that she is a perfectionist,” says Peery. “This isn’t a bad thing; in fact, I appreciate her ability to make sure the shots of her videos are framed appropriately, colored-corrected, and lighted accurately.”

An example of her work is the video of Smith (above), as well as another Night of Nursing piece showing how easy it is for alumni to host an event. “We spent four hours of filming to get 40-seconds of footage,” says Peery. “Part of this was due to Mareno’s skill at making sure the details in each scene were perfect before moving to the next shot.”

View the Night of Nursing Broadcast Watch Parties video at

Zak Gowans is a sophomore from Payson, Utah. He was recently accepted in BYU’s film program and is excited to implement the acquired knowledge from his film courses in college projects. A recent video he made for the college was for this year’s “Choose 2 Give” students giving to student scholarship campaign. “The project took more effort than anyone thought at first,” says Peery. “However, the final piece shows the attention to detail that Gowans is known for in his work.”

View the “Whatever it Takes” music video at

Gowans is also a master Photoshop user and can color-correct and modify most images if needed. He has been tasked with swapping faces on the college Christmas card (required non-sunglass eyes), add banners to individuals not holding signs in their photographs, as well as compose some beautiful imagery for the college magazine.

Of interest, Gowans was nominated this year for the university’s “Student Employee of the Year” award and was a top-ten finalist for the recognition.


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Members of the nursing advisement center staff. Bottom right image: standing center is Anna Hall, with Ashley Mauss on her left, and Madi Reading on her right.


Advisement Center Staff

Support in the advisement center comes from two secretaries: Anna Hall and Ashley Mauss; and a student clinical compliance assistant: Madi Reading.

Anna Hall is a senior from Fayetteville, Georgia. In school, her major is public relations, and she was a past company member for BYU’s theatre ballet. As an advisement center secretary, she helps students to understand the admissions requirements for pre-nursing students, to schedule appointments with counselors during their time in the program, and to assist those that are graduating.

“Anna has such a cheerful disposition with the students and is calm and kind when speaking with them,” says advisement center supervisor Cara Wiley.

Before starting employment at the college last year, Hall participated in the Disney College Program and was a cast member in Disney World. She spent time learning about the attractions, food service, event staff, and other areas of the parks.

Ashley Mauss is a senior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and graduates in April. She majors in exercise and wellness, and enjoys playing sports and being active outside.

One of her secretarial duties relates to scholarships. She shares details about named scholarships, works with students to obtain thank you letters for donors, and ensures that students meet the parameters for certain scholarship funds.

“Ashley’s gift is truly being dependable and able to figure out answers on her own. She’s very creative as well,” says Wiley.

According to her husband, one of her creative outlets is sewing and crafting. Before working at the college, Mauss completed a study abroad for six weeks in Portugal.

Madi Reading is a senior from Draper, Utah. Her education is focused on psychology, with a minor in business. As a clinical compliance assistant, Madi helps track student immunizations. She also tracks security documents that allow students to obtain work badges for them to participate in clinical rotations.

“Madi has worked for me the longest. She is so good at working independently and with very little supervision,” says Wiley. “She has a more complex job in working with clinical agencies, and she does it well.”

In her spare time, Reading enjoys hiking, singing, and playing the piano.


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College staff and student employees enjoy time together; pictured are individuals for the college’s annual Pioneer Day waffle celebration each July.


Dean’s Office Financial Assistants

Financial assistants for the dean’s office include McKay Berndt, Haylee Jameson, Chandler Jensen, and Mason Aydelotte.

Under the direction of assistant dean for resource management Kathy Whitenight, her team supports helping faculty to track their research expenses and funding sources. They help to balance the books each month and ensure the college operates sound financial procedures.

“I am grateful for my student employees, especially during this virus crisis,” says Whitenight. “All of them have been keeping purchasing and the new college financial database operational. We could not keep things running without them!”

McKay Berndt is a junior from Sammamish, Washington. He studies finance at BYU.

When he is not at work or in the Tanner Building doing homework, Berndt enjoys running, participating in intermural sports (he was part of the Frisbee championship last November), wakeboarding, and gathering friends to sing acapella.

Undergraduate program studies secretary Delsa Richards says, “McKay joined our team less than a year ago. His laidback manner will instantly put you at ease while he helps you figure out your financial concerns.”

“McKay can maintain determination in completing accurate documentation and makes sure the details of projects are achieved,” says Whitenight.

Haylee Jameson is a senior from San Diego County. She is in year four of a five-year master’s of accounting program at BYU. As a hobby, she enjoys traveling to new locations to experience the beauty and culture of unique places.

“Haylee is positive and cheerful, no matter the difficult responsibility and complexity of the business challenge,” says Whitenight.

“Haylee has been at the CON the longest out of our financial assistants and knows everything there is to know about our finances,” says Richards. “She speaks fluent German [also her minor], plays guitar and banjo, sings, and dives! Ask her about one of the amazing internship opportunities that she’s attended across the world.”

(Spoiler—since you may not be able to ask her)

Of interest, Jameson recently completed a summer internship for Halloren Schokoladenfabrik—a German chocolate company. Besides helping to balance their books and practicing accounting principles, she was asked to spend time each day on the assembly line “sampling chocolates,” ensuring they met company standards—someone has to do it!


Image representative of Jensen’s shoes (courtesy


Chandler Jensen is a freshman from Provo, Utah. He is looking to study finance at BYU. For hobbies, Jensen enjoys playing the guitar and reading all types of books.

“Chandler is our newest financial assistant and has quickly become an important part of our office,” says Richards. “He’s a quick learner, intelligent, efficient, wears the coolest shoes, and is just a lot of fun to be around.”

“I’ve noticed that Chandler can powerfully get companies to comply with BYU documents,” says Whitenight.

Mason Aydelotte is a junior from Meridian, Idaho. He is pursuing a master’s of tax degree through the Marriott School of Business. Aydelotte is currently in Los Angeles, completing a finance internship for the Marriott School of Business. He will return shortly.

“Mason is another MACC student who has been in California for an internship this semester, and we’re happy that he’ll be returning this spring,” says Richards. “He is great at implementing new procedures and helping the finances to run smoothly.”

“He has worked tirelessly on the financial database; I hope he is well and able to return [to us] soon,” says Whitenight.


Birthday treats for staff and student employees are an important tradition to observe in the dean’s office suite.


Dozens of more student employees help the college. The college’s information technology team consists of three student students; the Mary Jane Rawlinson Geertsen Nursing Learning Center employs two-dozen staff that includes circulation desk clerks, walk-in lab instructors, and simulation teaching assistants; plus numerous research and teaching assistants that work with faculty members assist the College of Nursing.

“Thank you, thank you!! You are a great team, and I could go on and on in praise of your abilities and positive relationships with staff, faculty, and students! You are the best,” says Whitenight.

Overall, the college and its workload could not be completed without the energy and desire to learn that comes from student employees. We appreciate all you do to make our college successful.

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