Wilson Commons Student Activities

Student Employment

Wilson Commons houses many services for the University community and provides opportunities for undergraduate student employment. Wilson Commons employs undergraduate students at the Common Connection, Rocky's Sub Shop and Lounge, the Common Market, Hartnett Art Gallery and the 5th Floor Reception. We also employ students as Building Managers and Event Support Technicians. Work study is preferred for some positions.

Working in Wilson Commons is rewarding and fun for undergraduate students with good interpersonal skills and a desire to work in service oriented jobs. From supervising pool tournaments to loading in a band, from programming events to making fudge, Wilson Commons has employment opportunities for motivated undergraduate students.

The major attributes for employment in Wilson Commons are solid interpersonal skills, a professional attitude, friendliness, and responsibility. Most jobs in Wilson Commons have flexible hours, and are “schedule friendly.” Many of the areas are supervised by a student with experience who reports to the professional staff in Wilson Commons.

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Position Descriptions

Hartnett Gallery

Hartnett Gallery employs a crew of students as gallery guards, responsible for greeting patrons, guarding art exhibitions, and generally supervising the Gallery space during established hours. Gallery guards should work well with people. No specialized knowledge is required, although the position might be a rewarding opportunity for students with an interest in art.

Event Support

Members of Events Support Crew are responsible for all non-classroom related audio-visual set-ups on campus. Extensive training is provided for sound, lighting and technical work. Event support personnel are also responsible for general Wilson Commons room set-ups and general equipment set-ups.

Rocky's Sub Shop and Lounge

The Rocky's Sub Shop and Lounge Attendant is responsible for supervising the lounge and ringing up transactions for both Blimpies and the lounge. The Rocky's Attendant also collects and returns I.D.s when allowing the campus community to sign out video games, board games or use other Rocky's resources. Ability to maintain a clean dining environment, organizational skills and great customer service are all desirable traits for prospective employees.

Common Market

The Common Market employees are responsible for the sale of candy, bulk items, ticket sales for on and off campus events and we also pride ourselves in making and selling homemade fudge.  Experience in cash register sales is helpful, but not required and good customer service skills are essential.

Common Connection

Common Connection staff serve as the main point of contact for individuals and groups looking for information on social and cultural activities, transportation, and university policies. Typical duties include delivering information regarding events in person, on the phone, and by email; managing key sign out and lost and found systems; and assisting students with the transportation options that serve campus.

5th Floor Reception Area

The student worker desk is located centrally and serves as a receptionist for any visitors on the 5th floor. Their job is to welcome visitors and direct them to their desired location. They need to be knowledgeable about the staff and offices, not only on the 5th floor, but in all of Wilson Commons. Regular duties include transcribing meeting minutes, making copies, shredding documents, updating spreadsheets, running errands and other administrative tasks. They are expected to be proficient in Word and Excel to create as well as update documents and spreadsheets.

Building Managers

Student Managers are responsible for building operations in the absence of the professional staff in the evening and on weekends. Wilson Commons Managers supervise other student crews, oversees reservations and building events, provide support and service to building patrons, enforce building policies, solve problems maintain building security, assist with building emergencies and generally monitor the Commons.

Wilson Commons Undergraduate Student Employee Application




Aurek Ransom

Please congratulate Aurek Ransom from the Hartnett Gallery as the Student Employee of the Month! Aurek was nominated for being an exceptional team member as he has consistently been willing to cover shifts for co-workers. His first shift as a Gallery Guard was a gallery opening reception and his student supervisor, Marisa Guerin, thought he handled it perfectly and went above and beyond by getting people to attend and participate at the reception. He shows pride in his work and is very respectful of his job and the others he works with.

Honorable Mentions

- Nola Yang from the Common Market for being creative in how she problem solves during her work shifts as well as keeping the Market super clean and making customers feel welcomed.

- Nick Wachter from Rocky’s Sub Shop and Lounge for his optimistic and enthusiastic approach to customer service. Dealing with many different types of people throughout the day can become taxing but Nick is patient with every customer he interacts with and helps them out by providing nutritional facts and recommendations to customers.


Phone: (585) 275-9390
Fax: (585) 273-5306
Email: wcsa@rochester.edu

Mailing Address:
201 Wilson Commons
University of Rochester
PO Box 270281
Rochester, NY 14627


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