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Nicholls rec center to employ 70 students

THIBODAUX – Nicholls State University will hire around 70 students to work in the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center, scheduled to open this fall.

Michael Matherne (left), director of campus recreation, and Dr. Michele E. Caruso, dean of student services, accepted applications from Nicholls State University students during a job fair in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union in early May. Of the 400 applicants, around 70 will work in the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center, scheduled to open this fall.

Michael Matherne, director of campus recreation, said the new workforce will include intramural referees; group exercise instructors; customer service associates; weight and cardio room monitors; and weekend building supervisors. The employees are being chosen from a pool of 400 applicants, Matherne said.

“We are very excited about taking this next step as we count down to the recreation center’s grand opening,” he said. “We’re choosing the best of the best to work here. I’m certain that those who use the center will appreciate not only the building and the equipment, but the outstanding service as well.”

One of the newly hired customer service associates – junior psychology major and intramural athlete Katherine Gianelloni – said the 63,000-square-foot facility will be a welcome addition to the Nicholls campus.

“Our new rec center will give students more opportunities to get physically fit and new options for involvement in campus life,” she said.

All student workers at the recreation center will be paid via student-assessed operational fees. To follow the facility’s construction, located near the intersection of Bowie Road and Ardoyne Drive, go to nicholls.edu/recreation/photos.

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