Junior Rishi Sanyal working the front desk in the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center.
Photo by Larissa Davis.
The Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center has one student manager and about 25 student desk workers supervised by Director of Wellness and Recreation Erin Buenzli. Student workers see to it that students, faculty, staff and alumni feel welcome in the wellness center and are provided the equipment they need for their health and physical recreation.
The student desk workers are responsible for greeting
guests, making sure they swipe their ID card, giving out basketballs and
towels, setting up volleyball and pickle ball nets, answering the phone for any
general questions and cleanup. All desk workers must be CPR and first aid
The desk workers switch between shifts, so they
work about six hours a week and can dedicate the rest of their time to their
studies. One perk of the job is being able to do homework as long as the
required responsibilities are completed.
Clarke applied for the position because she knew
students who worked at the desk last year. She enjoys greeting people as they
come in. In addition to working at the wellness center, Clarke is a leader for
Lawrentians Enhancing Diversity in the Sciences (LEDS) and is the Copresident of
Women Underrepresented in the General Sciences (WUGS). You can usually find
Clark working the Wellness Center desk Monday evening, Wednesday afternoons and
Friday and Saturday nights. Between shifts, she sometimes has to finish up
tasks such as doing laundry and grabbing clean towels.
When asked what her favorite part of her job is,
Clarke responded, “I get to meet interesting people, including alumni. One
found a picture of me working and e-mailed it me. I thought it was cool, so I
sent the picture to my parents.”
She finds that the wellness center is busy,
especially during the winter. She believes that time management and being on
top of things is important to avoid the anxiety of not being able to fulfill
the duties of the position.
Clarke wants to go into the science field,
specifically medicine, and being a desk worker has helped her develop
interpersonal skills. She recommends this job to anybody because it is relaxed
Senior Bjorn Hauge works Monday nights and early
mornings on Tuesday and Thursday. Outside of the job he is an Economics tutor.
He went to the Wellness Center often during his freshman year, and the greeter
at the time encouraged him to apply. One responsibility he has is to clean the
weight room and cardio room, which includes wiping down equipment. His least
favorite task is picking up hair and dead skin that accumulates on the crevices
of the treadmills.
“It’s a little annoying and takes a couple
minutes, but it is satisfying to have a clean treadmill,” added Hauge.
He enjoys the job overall because it is his first
time learning customer service and personal skills. He would recommend the job
to someone else because of the flexible schedule. He has become used to waking
up at 5:30 a.m., working his shift and having the rest of the day to do other
things. It is not an intimidatingly long time, and the work is worth it.
Senior Jason Lau is the Wellness Center Student
Manager. Lau has been working in the Wellness Center for four years. He is part
of the Lawrence University Cycling Team, which meets four days a week. As the
supervisor, Lau also works at the desk, takes calls from student workers, leads
team meetings, maintains a rewards program and trains new workers one-on-one.
This is a promotional position he had to apply
for. When he was a Freshman, he was the
only person who applied. At the time he did not know how to use the Lawrence
University Webmail system, so he used his Gmail account to e-mail Erin asking
her for the job. For a long time she did not respond and he could not figure
out why. One day they were both in a triathlon and she came up to him and told
him it is impolite to not e-mail someone back when they ask for an interview.
He explained what happened, and that is how he got the job.
His favorite part of the job is that he gets to
know people in the community, which exposes him to ranges of opinions. He works
from afternoons and evenings on Sundays which is not much, but he values his
free time a bit more.
He likes the relationships he has built with the
people who visit and his supervisor and having more responsibilities by
committing to the job consistently for so long. He would recommend this job to
everyone because it is important to build these relationships over time.