Aeryn Barry is the Operations Manager for Retail Dining at UW-Whitewater. Get to know her!

What does an average day look like working in the UC? What are your day to day responsibilities?

There is no average day working in the UC – and that’s what I love most about it!  There are so many restaurant concepts on campus to visit and assist at daily, as well as the opportunity to interact with the students on campus to hear what they would like to see in dining!

What does being a UC employee mean to you?

To me, being a UC employee means that we are all part of a team working together to help offer students the tools that they need to help them be most successful.  Whether that is helping coach student employees on skills to use in the workplace, or as simple as making sure students are fed and prepared for class, the UC staff are all focused on the same big picture.

What has been the most memorable/unusual day working in the UC? 

It would be hard to limit it to only one day.  I have loved the Summer on the Mall event series, as well as the Concert Series events.  The opportunity to see the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Gala was also definitely a memorable experience!

What is one piece of advice you can give to current UW-W students?

Talk to us!  If you have input on something you’d like to see, let us know.  We love to hear from you and to be able to be part of making changes that make students happy.

What is an accomplishment that you are most proud of?

The team that we have in place and the camaraderie that the Dining Services team has is what I am most proud of.  I know that everyone here in the UC is working toward a common goal and is inclusive and respectful of that goal and of each other.  I feel privileged to be part of that team.

 What is your favorite item in your office/desk? Is there a story behind it?

I am rarely in my office so I will choose something out in the open in the UC.  My favorite item is the new gondola centerpiece in Willie’s.  I was part of a team that put a lot of thought into what students would like to see and how we could make the space more accessible.  I love the finished product of the new design.