Spotlight on Student Workers: Jesse Drewer


Jesse Drewer, born and raised in Crisfield, MD, commutes from his hometown to SU, where he is a senior who will graduate this fall. Jesse is a hardworking guy, holding down campus jobs in the Financial Aid Office as well as at the SU Libraries.

Jesse majors in urban and regional planning in the Henson School of Science and Technology. He loves the program, because it “allows me the opportunity to work with state and local governments and the citizens of the community to achieve smart and sustainable cities and communities.”

As the program website notes, “City planning is not just about the buildings or roads, but the environment we build and how we interact with it every day.”

Jesse currently is president of SU’s Smart Growth Club, and one of their events this fall was, indeed, environmentally oriented – helping to clean up Assateague Island National Seashore as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. After graduation, he hopes to work in the planning field on his native Eastern Shore.

Jesse picked Salisbury University because of its Eastern Shore location, which made it a “simple choice to continue my education in Salisbury.” He loves SU “for its small, charming atmosphere, and the faculty and staff who work to help me achieve my goals.”

Jesse has worked in the Libraries for three semesters now. He juggles working at two jobs in the Libraries, helping staff both the MakerLab and the Circulation part of the Library Service Desk. He said what he enjoys most about working at the Libraries is “the opportunity it provides me to connect directly with students.” He also enjoys working “with faculty and staff at the Circulation Desk and the MakerLab to promote all of the great things SU Libraries have.”

Jesse quickly became a staff favorite. Natasha Finnegan, assistant head of circulation, observed: “Jesse is an exemplary student worker. He has a good work ethic, a positive attitude, and is lovely to work with. He could man the library service desk all by himself if he needed to, and he knows the answer to most questions that get” asked.

Chris Woodall, the technology librarian in charge of the MakerLab, added: “I’m most impressed with how he is always proactive instead of reactive. He brings up potential problems with me before they become an issue, which I greatly appreciate.”

We will miss Jesse, but we wish him all the best as he embarks on his career!