Wilson Commons houses many services for the University community and provides opportunities for undergraduate student employment. Wilson Commons employs undergraduate students at the Common Connection, Rocky's Sub Shop and Lounge, the Common Market, Hartnett Art Gallery and the 5th Floor Reception. We also employ students as Building Managers and Event Support Technicians. Work study is preferred for some positions.
Working in Wilson Commons is rewarding and fun for undergraduate students with good interpersonal skills and a desire to work in service oriented jobs. From supervising pool tournaments to loading in a band, from programming events to making fudge, Wilson Commons has employment opportunities for motivated undergraduate students.
The major attributes for employment in Wilson Commons are solid interpersonal skills, a professional attitude, friendliness, and responsibility. Most jobs in Wilson Commons have flexible hours, and are “schedule friendly.” Many of the areas are supervised by a student with experience who reports to the professional staff in Wilson Commons.
Hartnett Gallery employs a crew of students as gallery guards, responsible for greeting patrons, guarding art exhibitions, and generally supervising the Gallery space during established hours. Gallery guards should work well with people. No specialized knowledge is required, although the position might be a rewarding opportunity for students with an interest in art.
Members of Events Support Crew are responsible for all non-classroom related audio-visual set-ups on campus. Extensive training is provided for sound, lighting and technical work. Event support personnel are also responsible for general Wilson Commons room set-ups and general equipment set-ups.
Rocky's Sub Shop and Lounge
The Rocky's Sub Shop and Lounge Attendant is responsible for supervising the lounge and ringing up transactions for both Blimpies and the lounge. The Rocky's Attendant also collects and returns I.D.s when allowing the campus community to sign out video games, board games or use other Rocky's resources. Ability to maintain a clean dining environment, organizational skills and great customer service are all desirable traits for prospective employees.
The Common Market employees are responsible for the sale of candy, bulk items, ticket sales for on and off campus events and we also pride ourselves in making and selling homemade fudge. Experience in cash register sales is helpful, but not required and good customer service skills are essential.
Common Connection staff serve as the main point of contact for individuals and groups looking for information on social and cultural activities, transportation, and university policies. Typical duties include delivering information regarding events in person, on the phone, and by email; managing key sign out and lost and found systems; and assisting students with the transportation options that serve campus.
5th Floor Reception Area
The student worker desk is located centrally and serves as a receptionist for any visitors on the 5th floor. Their job is to welcome visitors and direct them to their desired location. They need to be knowledgeable about the staff and offices, not only on the 5th floor, but in all of Wilson Commons. Regular duties include transcribing meeting minutes, making copies, shredding documents, updating spreadsheets, running errands and other administrative tasks. They are expected to be proficient in Word and Excel to create as well as update documents and spreadsheets.
Student Managers are responsible for building operations in the absence of the professional staff in the evening and on weekends. Wilson Commons Managers supervise other student crews, oversees reservations and building events, provide support and service to building patrons, enforce building policies, solve problems maintain building security, assist with building emergencies and generally monitor the Commons.
STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Please congratulate DJ Campbell of the Event Support Team for being our November Student Employee of the Month. DJ was very helpful during the Students Helping Honduras benefit dinner. Even though he was supposed to be attending the event, he assisted the tech running the event with a tech issue that arose. He used his own device to play a video for the event since the laptop on the event was having problems. He also sat with the technician running the event after the issue was resolved to make sure things ran smoothly.
Also, DJ ran lights for both the Yellowjackets and Ramblers concerts. He had very late nights setting the lighting, staying in Strong past 3 AM, only to come in at 9 AM the next day for 16 hours of light programming, rehearsing, running the show, and tear-down after the event. He was committed to a high level of artistic integrity and had a fantastic end result with the lighting. The performing groups were happy and the audience was impressed!
- Morgan Mackay from the Common Market was given an honorable mention for taking charge the Market by constantly restocking the shelves and always satisfying the customers’ needs. Customers have mentioned that they never see Morgan sitting at the Market as she is always working, cleaning, and interacting with customers. Customers have also mentioned that it is clearly seen that Morgan loves and enjoys her job.
- Caroline Rosa from the Common Connection was given an honorable mention for helping a stressed out student figure out how to use Virtual EMS in order to find the needed space for programs and events. Caroline is an outstanding team player and has empathy and understanding for her fellow co-workers and customers. She is a true asset to the Common Connection community.
Please congratulate Ezra Baccar of the Building Managers for being our October Student Employee of the Month. Ezra was nominated due to her diligence in checking in on all the areas of Wilson Commons with attentiveness. She is constantly checking up on employees during their shifts to make sure they have what they need to have an good work shift. Ezra is always willing to pick up shifts for both the Building Manager and Rocky’s teams. She has gotten Rocky’s out of tough scheduling situations multiple times.
- Justina Hauss from Event Support is consistently taking the lead on running major events every weekend. She has picked up extra shifts and comes in when on-calls are needed for emergency assistance. She is also expanding her tech knowledge by learning advanced functions of light board operations. She is an incredibly hard worker.
- Dylan Latham from Rocky’s Sub Shop and Lounge has been great a co-worker by the amount of shifts he has taken on recently. He worked all of Halloween all the while being patient and helpful with the influx of patronage that Rocky’s has received on the weekends. Dylan is an effective communicator and someone who always willing to help out with Rocky scheduling.
Please congratulate Aurek Ransom from the Hartnett Gallery as the Student Employee of the Month! Aurek was nominated for being an exceptional team member as he has consistently been willing to cover shifts for co-workers. His first shift as a Gallery Guard was a gallery opening reception and his student supervisor, Marisa Guerin, thought he handled it perfectly and went above and beyond by getting people to attend and participate at the reception. He shows pride in his work and is very respectful of his job and the others he works with.
- Nola Yang from the Common Market for being creative in how she problem solves during her work shifts as well as keeping the Market super clean and making customers feel welcomed.
- Nick Wachter from Rocky's Sub Shop and Lounge for his optimistic and enthusiastic approach to customer service. Dealing with many different types of people throughout the day can become taxing but Nick is patient with every customer he interacts with and helps them out by providing nutritional facts and recommendations to customers.