The University Center showcased much more than its venue, special event lighting and decor items at the recent wedding fair at the J.W. Marriott on Saturday, January 4. Thousands of passers by unknowingly experienced the expertise and dedication of the UC’s student employees.
The UC’s wedding fair booth display was largely designed and executed by UC Student employee Luke Krogness, a freshman from Corpus Christi studying mechanical engineering. Luke determined which pieces of the UC’s event truss system to use, determined how to hang sheer drapes and the Skypar decor screens and programed the booth’s lighting–all after training provided by UC full-time audio visual staff. Many other students helped pull resources from storage, conduct a practice setup and prepare items for transport to the event venue.
“It was a great opportunity to apply my training in a real-life event setting,” Luke said. “I’m looking forward to supporting other events in the future.”
Luke works on the UC’s Technical Event Crew–a group of students who have been specially trained to support the unique sound, lighting and set-up requirements for large scale events in the UC Ballroom, Denman Ballroom and UC outdoor spaces.
“Luke is one great example of more than 100 students who work in the UC,” said Herb Ganey, UC interim director. “We could not be the heart of the UTSA community and gathering without the support of our excellent students.”
UC employs students in event reservation and set-up support, the Roost Gameroom and Gallery 23, UC Communications (graphic design and the Information Center), the Roadrunner Express retail store and the UC Business Office. Students interested in working in the UC can learn more and apply by visiting utsa.edu/uc/ and clicking on Employment on the left hand side.