Congratulations to Our Graduating Student Employees
Each year the Cal Poly Corporation hires thousands of student employees to fill a wide range of roles across campus. From preparing meals to designing webpages, to processing new hires to running a sales team, students play an important part in making this campus the success that it is.
As another great academic year comes to a close, we’d like to introduce you to a few of these amazing students.
Campus Market Student Associate Elle Freeland is graduating with her degree in psychology and heading to nursing school to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. The Fresno native will be deeply missed at Campus Market where she did everything from running the cash register and stocking shelves to working the Grubhub window.
“Over the last academic year, Elle has become a key contributor to the success of Campus Market,” Unit Manager Brian Martin said. “We have come to rely on her positive attitude and consistently strong work ethic. Elle is always on the move whether it’s stocking, running grill orders or keeping the lines at the register moving. We will miss her!”
Animal Science senior Tori Pedersen has been running the sales team for Cal Poly Meats since June of 2020, making sure to train her staff and keep up great customer service throughout the pandemic. The Escondido native will be staying local after graduation and working as an inside sales representative at Plasvacc USA in Templeton.
“Tori Pedersen is a very talented and charismatic graduating senior,” Meat Processing Center Manager Jim Douglass said. “Tori joined the Meat Processing Center team in June of 2020 where she took the reins of our Cal Poly Meat Market sales team and nurtured and guided the program through the turbulent times of the pandemic. Because of her powerful work ethic and her kind way of engaging with people, Cal Poly Meats became the place to go in our San Luis Obispo community for campus produced meats and provisions. Congratulations Tori!”
CPC Human Resources Student Assistant Kaelynn Tholl is graduating with her degree in business administration with a concentration in HR and moving to San Diego to work for Deloitte as an application program analyst/consultant.
“Kaelynn has gone above and beyond for CPC HR in her role as a student assistant,” CPC Associate Executive Director, Human Resources Jennifer Wharton said. “During her time here she has become such an asset that we do not want her to leave. Most recently she has tackled taking on processing the new hires for the Conference and Event Planning summer camps which is an undertaking that is very time consuming for the most seasoned full-time employee.”
Red Radish Crew Lead Scott Macias is graduating with his degree in landscape architecture and will be focusing on making money through different jobs and equities in Orange County. His ultimate goal is to move out of state and have a quiet and peaceful home with a farm somewhere out in the Midwest.
“I have learned so much more than just academics,” Macias said. “I have learned how to be a better person through my fellow friends, classmates, and professors. I have taken bits and pieces from every walk of life I have gone and built them inside of me to become a better human every day.”
Originally from Lecco, Italy Andrea Lanfranconi is finishing his degree in business administration and heading to San Jose and a job as a business development representative at Adobe. He’s been serving many roles within Campus Dining ranging from a student assistant at Noodles and a barista trainer at the Campus Market Starbucks.
“Andrea is constantly providing great customer service and attends to the guest needs,” Unit Manager Silvia Ramirez said. “He always comes in with a smile and is ready to start the shift, greets everyone and makes sure everything is running smoothly. He will be truly missed, and we wish him the best.”
Communications studies senior Olivia Bame has been working with the Cal Poly Corporation Marketing and Communications team where she has managed four social media channels for Administration and Finance as well as the Inside Cal Poly blog, where she has often written multiple posts a week. After graduation she’s heading down to Los Angeles and a role as advertisement communications coordinator at Roku.
“Olivia is nothing short of a rockstar,” CPC Communications Specialist Aaron Lambert said. “She is that amazing employee who employers conjure up when writing job descriptions. She’s quick to pick up on new tasks, needs little to no direction, however she is quick to ask when she is unsure, and she takes great pride in what she does. Needless to say, this social media maven is going to be hard to replace.”
Brunch Crew Lead Kaeley Benedict is graduating with a degree in Biology with a concentration in anatomy and physiology. During her time with Campus Dining she helped to train new employees and prep meals. She will be taking the next year off to volunteer, work and save money before she continues her education in the medical field, whether a nursing or physicians assistant program.
“Kaeley is a person who empowers her team by coaching them and making them feel welcome,” Unit Manager Silvia Ramirez said. “She always provides a smile to the guest and the dining team. She has been a great resource to the dining team, providing feedback about the food taste and quality. Hopefully when she remembers dining, she will have great memories and will come back and visit us.”
Bay area native Ryan Shintaku has been in charge of doing everything for the the front and back of the house at Mustang Station, including prepping pizza ingredients, washing dishes as well as serving pizza and pasta. The graduating computer science major is going to miss the people the most.
“Ryan Shintaku has been an irreplaceable team member here at Mustang Station,” Mustang Station Unit Supervisor Sarah Foster said. “Ryan is a very quick-witted, efficient individual. We have been so privileged to have someone who is able to multi-task and adapt to changes so well when needed. The Station runs so effortlessly while Ryan is on shift, he’s set the bar for sure! We wish all the best for you Ryan!! Mustang Station thanks you!”