Student jobs going strong during Oly break

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    By Joli Williams

    The BYU Student Employment Center plans ahead, escaping Olympic staffing dilemmas.

    Although many employers are facing job predicaments with Olympic internships and volunteer projects beginning this week, BYU on-campus employment is continuing as usual.

    “There hasn”t been much difference,” said Nancy Hatch, manager of BYU student employment. “Actually, all the departments are pretty well equipped with student workers.”

    Anticipation of the problem was the key to success, Hatch said.

    The 2002 Winter Games were announced six years ago giving BYU adequate notice to plan for student time-off requests.

    Although the student center supports the Olympics, the final decision of schedule requests has been left to the various department managers, Hatch said.

    Most employers have been willing to work with students eager to volunteer for the Olympics, said Sarah Johnson, BYU employment specialist.

    “This is the Olympics,” Johnson said. “It would be silly not to allow students to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

    The letter sent out by President Bateman to all BYU departments encouraging curriculum flexibility also helped allow for leeway, said Kelley Williams, office supervisor for BYU dinning services.

    According to Williams, dinning services rallied together to perform many schedule rearrangements and shift changes to accommodate student Olympic volunteers.

    “We have worked it out so everybody is happy,” she said.

    The week off from school has made a huge difference in student flexibility as well, Hatch said.

    During the Olympic break, on-campus workers can either leave campus as scheduled or work a 40-hour week if desired, Johnson said.

    The different work options have allowed for even more flexibility.

    Now, students who do not want to work at the Olympics can make extra money during the winter break, Hatch said.

    Many students are willing to work full-time for fellow co-workers volunteering in the Olympics, Williams said.

    “It looks like everyone is working together to cooperate for the best cause,” said Hatch.

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