Faces of Student Employees
Kelsey Rae Leistico
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 09:02
Work as a student coordinator plays a large part in the life of senior Kelsey Rae Leistico, so much so that it is where her fiancée proposed.
But, as she explained, it is also a place filled with friends and memories.
“It’s a good way of bringing people together that otherwise wouldn’t be together,” Leistico said.
Leistico works about 20 hours a week in the Service Center (the Post Office and Copy Shop) of the Memorial Union.
During the average week, she said does “a lot of little things.” These include taking inventory, ordering supplies, holding meetings and assisting with hiring.
As a student coordinator, Leistico is responsible for communicating between Elizabeth Torguson, assistant director of the Memorial Union, and the other students who work in the Service Center. This added responsibility is what she says makes this job more difficult.
“It’s difficult in the sense that you are there to help everyone and you’re trying to motivate everyone, but it’s easy in the sense that the tasks aren’t as difficult,” Leistico said. “There’s just more responsibility involved.”
When she is not busy with this role, she can be found working on interior design class projects and preparing for her wedding this summer.
Last April, her fiancée Donavan Sullivan surprised her by proposing while she was in her office. He called Torguson ahead of time to arrange the surprise.
“Also it was kind of funny, because that day I was trying to tell Liz [Torguson] something, and every time I was gonna’ walk in, Donavan would start calling and she would shut the door, so it was kind of a back and forth the whole day,” Leistico said.
As an interior design major, Leistico looks forward to someday becoming a principle at an interior design firm. That day may not be too far away, as she will be graduating this spring.
Whether she gets a position in Minnesota or goes to North Carolina to be with Sullivan, Leistico knows that she wants “to be challenged and to work on things that are interesting.”
Although she said she is ready for a new challenge, the Service Center here on campus will always hold memories for Leistico, who has worked there since Nov. 2010.
“Seeing people come and go, it’s been a great experience,” she said.