Picnic Celebrates Success of Student Job Program
Date: Aug. 21, 2001
By: Rita Williams
Photos by Aaron Ott
Contact: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News
Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Paul Michaud, hosted a picnic Aug. 16 for 136 area high school students who spent their summer at the University of Cincinnati. The students worked at U.C. through the Urban League's Summer Work Program. "The Urban League contacted U.C. and asked us to be a work site for the summer program. Of course, we were happy to do it," stated Michaud. The requests for students were so overwhelming that there were more jobs than students.
Alicia Trammel and Richard Pearson, both of the Office of the Vice President of Human Resources, coordinated the picnic. "We wanted to have a picnic to say 'thank you' to the student workers for their hard work and dedication throughout the summer," said Trammel.
Student workers and their supervisors enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks, and cookies on the plaza between the African American Cultural Center and Shoemaker Center. Students received a U.C. T-shirt to commemorate their summer at the University.
Some of the students, like many of their supervisors, described the experience as "awesome."
Tiffany and Amanda Gendrew, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, worked in the Office of Financial Aid. "I used the extra help for clerical support. They were very professional," said supervisor Michelle Renee Norflee.
Fannie Jackson, a clerk in the Office of Admissions, said, "I really enjoyed the students. Candace Rogers, Fondrea Sullen, Kevin Thomas and Joseph Thompson, all gained valuable work experience, and a taste of what to expect in the real world. Most of the students came in early. If I could get them back, I'd take them, but they're seniors."
Gloria Talbert, Mt. Healthy High School, worked in the Office of the Vice President of Human Resources. Her supervisor, Barbara Thompson, described Gloria as "very pleasant" and stated, "we want her back." "I enjoyed meeting people in my position," said Gloria.
Perhaps picnic coordinator Alicia Trammel summed it up the best: "I don't know who benefited more, the students or the University."