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University helps displaced workers find new jobs

 by Amanda Chan
 published on Wednesday, November 21, 2007

<b>WAITING FOR THE MAN:</b> Shawnnah Chaney, a journalism sophomore, stops in front of the Memorial Union to chat with Lindsey Gender, an undeclared freshman and information desk employee. Both worked as event assistants on the second floor of the MU prior to the fire-related building closure and have since found other jobs./issues/news/702860
Morgan Bellinger / THE STATE PRESS
WAITING FOR THE MAN: Shawnnah Chaney, a journalism sophomore, stops in front of the Memorial Union to chat with Lindsey Gender, an undeclared freshman and information desk employee. Both worked as event assistants on the second floor of the MU prior to the fire-related building closure and have since found other jobs.
 

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ASU has undergone efforts to relocate all of its employees who were displaced following the Memorial Union fire in the past few weeks, according to University officials.

"After the fire, we made the commitment to student employees to keep them fully employed and working at places on and off campus," said Vern Hebert, MU marketing specialist.

All student workers and employees were offered other employment options, added Leah Hardesty, an ASU spokesperson.

While most employees were relocated to other locations around campus, some students decided not to come back because of separate personal issues, such as studying for finals, or they were already seeking jobs elsewhere, Hebert said.

But most ASU employees with Event Assistance and Building Management in the MU were relocated to other positions around campus, with the exception of a couple of students, he said.

ASU Career Services also posted on its Web site that any MU employees affected by the fire can contact the ASU employment office for information on finding a new job.

ARAMARK employees were redistributed to other dining facilities around campus and to other locations around the Valley where ARAMARK operates, Hebert said. ARAMARK is the food service provider for ASU.

Residential Life took some MU student employees to work as desk assistants, he said.

Also, some workers were designated to work the "ambassador desk" set up on the northwest corner of the MU and in front of the Physical Education building, which offers temporary food services for students, he said.

"We have a commitment to the student employees, and we've tried our best to make up 100 percent of the hours they would have worked in the MU," Hebert said.

Hebert said ASU has helped to give students the opportunity to work about 90 percent of their full hours since the fire.

"We understand that students live paycheck to paycheck, and it's our goal that no one is caught in a situation (where they cannot afford to pay their rent)," he said.
Most outside companies that were situated in the MU have since been relocated to other spots around campus.

The Wells Fargo bank, credit unions and STA Travel were moved to Palo Verde West, Hebert said.

There is also a Chase bank ATM at the ASU bookstore, he said.

And ASU is still in talks with Bank of America to install another ATM elsewhere on campus, Hebert added.

Reach the reporter at: amanda.chan@asu.edu.



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