Departments scale back on Student Employment Appreciation Day to diminish costs

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Dylan-Sage Wilcox

BYU-Hawaii students were treated to a free bowl of chili and hot dogs in appreciation for their work as student employees for campus and the Polynesian Cultural Center on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Student Employment and Human Resources hosted student employees for Student Employee Appreciation Day at the Aloha Center Ballroom. Roughly 350 students stopped by for the free food and to see a showing of the animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“It was fun to see lots of friends that I don't see very much anymore,” said Justin Anderson, a senior from Washington majoring in biochemistry.

Mariana Goulding, a sophomore from California majoring in business management, said, “I think it’s good to have events like this because we’re able to appreciate both those who work on campus as well as at the PCC.”

Goulding said it also helps to show appreciation for both domestic and international students for all the hard work they do. “Domestic students could work anywhere else, but I think the school is happy to have students who work here on campus.”

Robin Fiu, the manager of BYUH Human Resources, helped to coordinate with other volunteer students and staff, who served food for those attending the event. The event began at noon and quickly ran out of food by 1:30 p.m.

Student Employment and Human Resources has been hosting the Student-Employee Appreciation Day for the past four years, said Fiu. “Last year we had pizza, soda, popcorn and candy, just to give students a little break.

“We had students do letter-writing for the military one year. We also had a video game section with food and a movie as well,” she added.

This year she said the event was a little scaled-back because they wanted to be flexible for the students who were at work or who had class. “We did this because students are busy. They just go in and out,” Fiu said.

Goulding said she would prefer the event be held at a different time where more students could come and attend. “It would be kind of nice if this was done at night for everyone. It would be more convenient for everyone,” she said.

Min Shun Chang, a HR intern from Taiwan, has helped with three of the four Student-Employee Appreciation Day events. “We’ve spent a lot of money in the past two years for pizza and soft drinks. But this year we tried to make sure we didn’t have a lot of left overs,” Chang said. To cut back on costs, Student Employment along with Human Resources bought the chili and hot dogs from Food Services instead of purchasing pizza from Dominos or Pizza Hut.

“This time, our goal was to lower the budget and serve students,” Chang said. “Last year, we had ten boxes of pizza left over. That was a lot! But this year we ran out of food.”

Chang recommended for next year’s event organizers use a computerized system to check students in quicker so the line doesn’t back up.

Date Published: 
Friday, December 9, 2016
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Friday, December 9, 2016