Student Association holds job fair

By Guadalupe Lopez

Students who missed last month’s job fair had a chance to attend the Student Association’s (SA) on-campus job fair Friday.

Employers from across the university participated in this event in search of potential student workers, including the SA, Campus Activities Board and the Recreation Center.

“It’s a great way for students to network,” said SA vice president Gina Gregolunas. “We’re trying to make it a tradition.”

On-campus employers from each department had their own tables. They were able to represent all the opportunities they have for NIU students.

Campus Recreation was in search of potential team facilitators, said Christine Lagattolla, Campus Recreation Center assistant director.

“No one really finds out about the opportunities available at the Rec,” Lagottolla said. “Some people don’t even know they’re qualified.”

Recreation Center team facilitators lead initiatives and guide team activities. Trip leaders plan and lead trips for students interested in outdoor activities.

“We’re looking for someone [who wants] to learn and is excited about the outdoors,” Lagattola said.

For students interested in an indoor work-environment, campus child care was looking for students interested in working with children.

“The fair is a great way to get our name out there,” said temporary assistant director Diane Mathison. “It’s fascinating that the fair is really geared to Northern students. It’s very beneficial.”

Campus child care provides care for children two months to 8 years old during the summer semester.

The on-campus job fair was a way for students to see and take advantage of the jobs available right on campus, Gregolunas said.

This fair was different than the traditional career and internship fairs NIU hosts every year because all of the employers present were NIU employers, Gregolunas said.

“On-campus jobs are more understanding that school is your first priority,” said Danielle McKenzie, junior business administration major, who attended the fair.

Tequeilla Faulkner, SA director of public affairs and senior communications major, said the fair was a complete success.

“The fair met my expectations,” Faulkner said. “I hope the people that came got applications and get hired. This fair will be held again next year.”