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Student Spotlight – Haley Hamilton

What is your title/role for Dining?

I am currently the student Manager at Maplestreet Station.

What is your background like? Personal/Professional? Major?

I am from Dayton, Ohio and have been there my whole life. When I was growing up in school, I would always be at friends houses hanging out. Back in high school, I worked at Dairy Queen which was really fun. Right now I’m majoring in Spanish, International Studies, and Latin American Studies. And yes, I know that is a lot, but I love to keep busy at all times.

How did you get into the food service? Any prior experience?

I never really pictured myself continuing in the food service, but I ended up doing so when I got here! Like I said before, I worked at a Dairy Queen. When I came to college I thought why not just add another thing to do outside of school and so I applied for this job and started working in dining since freshman year. It’s been a blast!

What is the most exciting part of the job?

What I think is cool is that there is something different every day I come in so it never gets boring. There are a good amount of people who work in the dining services, so I get to meet new people and get to know them more, which is a great bonus. It’s never dull!

How would you describe your relationship with the student employees?

They’re literally the best. For me as an extrovert, I try to get to know as many of them as I can personally because I feel like we’re both interdependent on each other. This job allows for teamwork and dependence and I love that.

How would you describe your relationship with guests?

I find that with my personality and job overall, it allows me to talk with the guests with ease. It has been super fun to get to know people and see some regulars that come and go when I work.

What is your favorite thing about MU Dining?

I genuinely love my coworkers! Each of them are like family to me and I can go to them when I have any struggles with school or any questions about work. They are so fun and love to have a good time and make memorable moments.

How would you describe yourself (personally)?

I think I’m a pretty outgoing person. That’s probably the best word to describe me. I love to have a good time and hang out with friends in my free time. I also enjoy traveling and I want to travel everywhere. I like to try new things as well like new foods, new experiences, new sports, all the above. It keeps me busy like I said.

What are some of your hobbies? Interests?

I love watching soccer on tv but you won’t catch me playing FIFA because video games aren’t really my forte… But I also like to experience new foods I have not tried before. There are so many kinds of foods out there and I feel like there are very few foods I’m not a fan of, to be honest. I love hiking and the going to the beach as well. The beach is super relaxing so living on or around a beach would be ideal.

What is your favorite dish to prepare? To eat?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I think my favorite dish to prepare would have to be stir-fry. I love stir-fry! It’d have to be my favorite food to eat as well. It’s just too good.

Favorite TV show?

The Office. Hands down. I mean, who doesn’t love The Office?

Cat or dog?

Dogs forever! They are just too cute and adorable and they make the best companions.

Cake or pie?

Cake is okay I guess but ice cream is heavenly. Ice cream is my favorite out of those two.

What have you learned so far?

Being patient and laid back is the only way to make it through the week because things will never go completely as planned. Just take it one step at a time and go with the flow but stay on top of things. That helps for school too outside of work.

Any advice for applying/working for MU Dining?

The people are awesome and we are always hiring new people! Just stop in and ask to speak to a student manager for more information about the application process. It’s super simple, easy, and you can dive right in! They are super flexible too, which is helpful if you’re busy like me.


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Student Employee Spotlight: Sydney Kemp

Sydney Kemp is a sophomore information systems and business analytics major from Fishers, Indiana. She is a member of Miami’s club volleyball team and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. During the week, you can catch her at Maplestreet Station serving up some delicious foods. We sat down with her to ask her a little more about the girl behind the sneeze guard.


Q: If you could be any kitchen utensil, which kitchen utensil would you be?

A: I would be a spork. How can you beat that versatility?

Q: If your personality was a texture, which texture would it be?

A: The texture of those suuuuper soft blankets. You know what I’m talking about.

Q: What is the coolest place you’ve been?

A: I studied abroad in France last summer, so Toulon on the French Riviera in the south of France was probably the coolest. The Mediterranean Sea, with the pebble beach and villas along the coast was beautiful. Or Turks and Caicos, the water is so clear and beautiful there.

Q: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

A: When my parents surprised my sisters and I with a cruise for spring break to the Caribbean back in high school. That was my first time out of the country, so that was super exciting and led to a lot of great memories with my family.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: When I grow up, I wanna work in information technology for a Fortune 500 company. I also want to be an A+ parent someday!

Q: What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

A: Probably Maplestreet. Since I work there and see what people order all the time, I’ve made so many sandwiches and salads that look amazing and want to try new combinations. I just crave Americas and Delish all the time now.

Q: What would you want to be famous for?

A: Inventing something like a self-charging phone or hovercraft or something cool and techy like that.

Q: If your life was a book, what would be the title?

A: Here’s to Hoping it All Works Out

Q: What is your go-to fun fact? 

A: The average person eats 72 pounds of ketchup in a year.

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

A: Selena Gomez. 

Q: What is your go-to clean joke?

A: Why did the skunk cross the road? To get to the odor side!

Q: To where do you most want to travel?

A: Hawaii! I may be going next winter, which would be amazing. I’ve also always wanted to be Sydney in Sydney, Australia. That’d be cool.

Q: What one meal would you eat for the rest of your life?

A: Pan-fried pork dumplings from P.F. Changs. Arguably not a meal since it’s an appetizer, but they’re sooooo good.

Q: When are you happiest?

A: When I’m with family and friends.

Q: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

A: I don’t know if it’s the best, but I love when people compliment my handwriting.

Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what song would it be?

A: Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: A sloth, tbh.

Q: What are you currently binge-watching?

A: The Office! Always!

Q: If you could be anyone, dead or alive, for one day who would you be?

A: Barack Obama. He seems like a cool dude. And I’m sure he has had so many amazing experiences after being president for eight years.

Q: What would your band be named?

A: Skempp Inc.

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Student Employee Spotlight: Ryan Bengel

Ryan Bengel is a freshman marketing major from the Queen City (Cincinnati, OH). Among the various extracurriculars Bengel participates in on campus, Bengel is an Evans Scholar and a Miami University Wounded Warrior Project Ambassador. You’ve also probably seen him serving up delicious food at Bell Tower Place.

This week, we decided to ask him a few of the “hard-hitting” questions we love.


Q: If you could be any kitchen utensil, which kitchen utensil would you be?

A: Spongebob’s right hand man, the spatula.

Q: What is the coolest place you’ve been?

A: Bobsledding in Lake Placid, NY.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: Head of Marketing for a professional sports franchise.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

A: Delish.

Q: What would you want to be famous for?

A: Giving dogs the ability to talk.

Q: If your life was a book, what would be the title?

A: The Comeback Kid

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

A: Tom Hanks.

Q: What is your go-to fun fact?

A: I’m faster than 80% of snakes – Dwight Schrute.

Q: To where do you most want to travel?

A: Italy.

Q: What one meal would you eat for the rest of your life?

A: Pizza.

Q: When are you happiest?

A: Listening to music.

Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what song would it be?

A: “Bounce It” by Juicy J.

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: More like spirit creature … the minions from Despicable Me.

Q: What are you currently binge-watching?

A: The Office … again.

Q: If you could be anyone dead or alive for one day who would you be?

A: Elon Musk.

Q: What would your band be named?

A: Threat Level Midnight.

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Student Employee Spotlight: Gill Burkhardt

Gill Burkhardt is a sophomore from Buffalo, New York. She is studying environmental earth science. For fun, she participates in Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Green Oxford and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority. Gill also works at Western Dining Commons as a part of Miami University’s dining services. We sat down with her to get to know the girl behind the Miami Dining hat.


Q: If you could be any kitchen utensil, which kitchen utensil would you be?

A: A fork, I love pasta so much so I would want to be a fork so I could eat it all day.

Q: If your personality was a texture, which texture would it be?

A: Smoothly polished wood.

Q: What is the coolest place you’ve been?

A: I recently went to Sedona, AZ. It has some AMAZING geology (which I love) and it’s a really interesting place that is much different from any other U.S. city I’ve visited.

Q: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

A: For Secret Santa, I once received an X-Files mug from my friend. It was actually really great and I’ve used it almost every day since then.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I would love to be a park ranger.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

A: Western Dining Commons is my favorite place to eat because they change up the options every day!

Q: What would you want to be famous for?

A: I want to be famous for doing nothing … like just have all the money and popularity but not actually have to do work.

Q: If your life was a book, what would be the title?

A: “What to Heck”

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

A: 1990’s Sarah Michelle Geller.

Q: What is your go-to fun fact?

A: Pluto has an ocean under its surface.

Q: What is your go-to joke?

A: Any pepe meme.

Q: To where do you most want to travel?

A: All over Europe.

Q: What one meal would you eat for the rest of your life?

A: Pizza.

Q: When are you happiest?

A: When I’m at home in the summer.

Q: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

A: Any compliment about my personality.

Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what song would it be?

A: “Salad Days” by Mac Demarco.

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: An otter.

Q: What are you currently binge-watching?

A: Twin Peaks (again).

Q: If you could be anyone dead or alive for one day who would you be?

A: I would want to be Snoop Dogg.

Q: What would your band be named?

A: The Flaming Hot Cheetos.

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Student Employee Spotlight: Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy is a freshman mechanical engineering major. Although she hails from Liberty Township, Ohio, she has found her home here at Miami after getting involved with Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Chi Omega Sorority, and Engineers Without Borders. She works at Maplestreet Station’s Encounter as a student employee of Miami University Dining.

This week, we got the chance to get to know her a little better!


Q: If you could be any kitchen utensil, which kitchen utensil would you be?

A: A spork because it serves many different purposes.  Is it a spoon?  Is it a fork?

Q: If your personality was a texture, which texture would it be?

A: My personality is the texture of bubble wrap because it is fun and bubbly.

Q: What is the coolest place you’ve been?

A: I went to Ireland for my great-grandmas 100th birthday party.

Q: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

A: A five-foot-tall giraffe.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I want to be an imagineer, which are the engineers who creates the rides for Disney World.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

A: Miami Ice.

Q: What would you want to be famous for?

A: Humanitarian efforts and benefiting my community.

Q: If your life was a book, what would be the title?

A: “Small, But Mighty”

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

A: Selena Gomez.

Q: What is your go-to fun fact?

A: A giraffe’s tongue is 20 inches long.

Q: What is your go-to joke?

A: How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

… Ten tickles!

Q: To where do you most want to travel?

A: Australia!

Q: What one meal would you eat for the rest of your life?

A: My grandma’s homemade pasta and tomato sauce.

Q: When are you happiest?

A: When I am surrounded by the people I love.

Q: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

A: That my passion inspires someone.

Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what song would it be?

A: “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth.

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: My spirit animal is a giraffe, which is funny because I’m 5’2”.

Q: What are you currently binge-watching?

A: Friends!

Q: If you could be anyone dead or alive for one day who would you be?

A: Ellen DeGeneres because she is always so positive and has a super fun job.

Q: What would your band be named?

A: The Jonas Sisters.

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Student Employee Spotlight: Nikki Grundy

Nikki Grundy is a sophomore zoology major from Northbrook, Illinois. She is a member of the Wildlife Club and is a member of Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity. As a student employee for Miami University Dining, she spends a few hours a week serving Bell Tower’s delicious meals to the student body.

We know all about Miami dining, so we sat down with Nikki to ask a few questions and to learn a little more about her.


Q: If you could be any kitchen utensil, which kitchen utensil would you be?

A: Garbage disposal because I don’t have one at my house and I think they’re really cool.

Q: If your personality was a texture, which texture would it be?

A: Rough.

Q: What is the coolest place you’ve been?

A: Big Sur in California.

Q: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

A: Roger Waters tickets! I cried.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I want to work in wildlife rehabilitation.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

A: La Mia Cucina.

Q: What would you want to be famous for?

A: Singing. I would love to be a singer.

Q: If your life was a book, what would be the title?

A: “What Am I Doing?”

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

A: Emma Watson; don’t even have to think about it.

Q: What is your go-to fun fact?

A: I have a motorcycle.

Q: What is your go-to joke?

A: What’s black and white and red all over?

… A sunburnt penguin!

Q: To where do you most want to travel?

A: South Africa.

Q: What one meal would you eat for the rest of your life?

A: Steak.

Q: When are you happiest?

A: Oh, we’re getting deep. Probably just when I’m staying at home and hanging out with
my family.

Q: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

A: That I appear very confident.

Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what song would it be?

A: “Can’t You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band.

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: A lion.

Q: What are you currently binge-watching?

A: 30 Rock.

Q: If you could be anyone dead or alive for one day who would you be?

A: Nikki Minaj … I just feel like I would feel so good about myself for the whole day.

Q: What would your band be named?

A: Bad Girls Only

Bonus joke from Nikki:

What did one lawyer say to the other lawyer?

… We’re both lawyers.

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