University Urges Professors to Volunteer in Dining Halls

MSU is extremely short on staff
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 20, 2021 5:50 PM CDT
MSU Asks Professors to Volunteer in Dining Halls
A sign outside a dining hall at Michigan State University on Sept. 30, 2021.   (Nick King/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Hey, professor, hold the mayo! Short of help, Michigan State University is making an urgent plea to staff to volunteer in campus dining halls, including faculty. MSU's residential services department has already asked 132 full-time employees to work eight hours a week, the Lansing State Journal reports, but it's apparently not enough. "Faculty and staff from around campus are invited to sign up to assist in the dining halls! We have specific needs during evenings and weekends," Vennie Gore, a senior vice president, said in an email to deans. Gore provided a link to a criminal background check and tips on how to prepare for the first shift, the AP reports.

Devin Silvia, director of undergraduate studies in MSU’s computational math department, said the request was "astounding." "I am all about supporting the MSU student community and making sure they have a positive experience,” Silvia said. "But at the end of the day, I’m doing that in my own career and questioning whether I’m being sufficiently compensated." About 4,000 students typically work in dining halls, but only 1,200 were employed at the end of September, the State Journal reports. Starting pay was recently raised from $12 to $15 an hour. Gore said MSU is competing with local businesses for workers.

(More Michigan State University stories.)

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