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Manager in Training

Student employees gain human resource management skills

Published Nov. 13, 2015
Story by Derek Poore and Christine Jackson
Photo by Tiffany Melecio

Sarah Ruwe leans against the counter at Mort's in the MU Student Center

Student managers such as Sarah Ruwe receive training through Campus Dining Services' student employment program. "I was not expecting that I would come to learn so much," says Ruwe.

Mizzou senior Sarah Ruwe moved to campus with restaurant experience, so she decided to apply for a job at Campus Dining Services.

“I love working with people,” says Ruwe, a health sciences major from Springfield, Illinois. “I was not expecting that I would come to learn so much, develop great customer service, and truly enjoy my job.”

Ruwe has spent two years working for Campus Dining Services. This year she is a student manager in charge of daily restaurant tasks, hiring and new student orientation.

Her hard work paid off this spring, when she was named Campus Dining Services Student Employee of the Year, after being nominated by her manager, Kristen Hasan. The award included a $1,500 scholarship.

“Sarah has learned to be very patient with new staff members and how to communicate effectively and set clear expectations,” Hasan says. “With as many employees as we have from different backgrounds, this is of the utmost importance to us. If a conflict arises at work, she is able to diffuse it effectively and offer solutions to those involved.”

Ruwe says her experience working at Campus Dining Services has helped her build her resume, develop critical professional skills and meet people from all over campus.

After graduation, Ruwe plans to work in a hospital setting as a nuclear medicine technician and eventually enroll in a graduate program. She said she chose health sciences because she loves the field and working with people. “I always knew I wanted to do something in the field, and health science has allowed me to explore my options,” Ruwe says.

This story was originally published in the division annual report, 2015 Student Affairs Highlights.

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