Students who work in Kolf Sports Center as building managers and supervisors gain leadership, teamwork and communication skills while finishing their homework and getting paid.
According to Leanne Monroe, Senior Administrative Assistant of Athletics, the athletics department has jobs including event management, set up, office help, PA announcer and Student Titan Employment Program positions.
Monroe said these jobs are necessary because there is not enough staff to run athletic events properly and complete the office tasks without help from students.
“The Kolf building manager and supervisor are to assist with the management of the athletic and recreation facilities in Kolf,” Monroe said. “They serve as weekend and evening supervisors for all athletic and recreation facilities and special events.”
Nick Massoth, a Kolf building manager, said he typically does maintenance work in the gymnastics room.
“[I] mop mats, I do rounds within the building in order to ensure safety, I lock the doors at night and give instruction to those who need assistance in getting around the building,” Massoth said. “You can say that I act as a manager or security representative in the building.”
Jordan Crass, another Kolf building manager, said he asks coaches specifically what they need or what needs to be cleaned to ensure everything is ready to go for the athletes.
Crass said overall, the job is laid back, and he is able to do homework when he isn’t busy with cleaning or setting up or taking down equipment.
“It’s kind of like you spend half the time working and the other half is like a study hall,” Crass said. “It’s really convenient. Our bosses actually encourage us to do that in our downtime instead of just sitting here and doing nothing.”
Massoth said he enjoys his job because he gets to be in charge.
“I run a building as the lead person in charge for two nights a week as a freshman,” Massoth said. “How awesome is that?”
Monroe said students who work in Kolf gain valuable skills and are actively involved in diverse communities.
“They serve as a first point of contact to visitors in the building,” Monroe said.
Massoth said his position has taught him how to take initiative and be responsible for his actions.
“I’ve learned how to make decisions on my own a lot better because I am, essentially, my own boss,” Massoth said.