Marissa Gebhard | June 17, 2020
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, two words describe University Enterprises and Events (UEE) staff: flexible and adaptable.
Since the three-week student move-out started, teams from UEE have been eager to learn new roles and contribute to a variety of priorities on campus to support students, their families and the local community too.
After teams of UEE staff finished packaging special gift boxes that would be mailed to all of the graduating seniors, they shifted to helping during the student move-out from May 22 to June 11. More than 200 UEE staff, many from Campus Dining, welcomed students and parents, served as parking attendants, ushers and building coordinators to ensure a smooth move-out process. Meanwhile, staff who typically work in University Catering and other departments in UEE stepped up to become room attendants at the Morris Inn during move-out.
To prepare staff for their new roles, Brittani Stutsman, student training and development specialist, created customized, online training videos to help UEE staff learn what they needed to know to serve on the hospitality team, professionally clean rooms and perform other duties on move-out days. “We had people from multiple departments within UEE coming together as one team,” Stutsman explained. “It has been amazing to see the display of teamwork and new partnerships within campus that are developing.”
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