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High Energy
John Garrity
October 01, 2001
Alaina Wesserling, a 21-year-old public relations major at Florida, thought the help-wanted ad in The Independent Florida Alligator, the student newspaper, looked a bit shady—"Need secretary, please call"—but she called anyway and wound up as office manager on the golf course project. "I follow the paper trail," she says. "Payroll, deliveries, prices." With a wink she adds, "And I keep the guys in line."
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October 01, 2001

High Energy

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Alaina Wesserling, a 21-year-old public relations major at Florida, thought the help-wanted ad in The Independent Florida Alligator, the student newspaper, looked a bit shady—"Need secretary, please call"—but she called anyway and wound up as office manager on the golf course project. "I follow the paper trail," she says. "Payroll, deliveries, prices." With a wink she adds, "And I keep the guys in line."

That is no mean feat, because Wesserling (above) is the only female on a project that has employed as many as 75 workers at a time, including 16 rambunctious college interns. "I have to remind them of their manners," she says. "They belch and burp and use naughty language." Like a modern-day Snow White, Wesserling cheerfully mops the floor of the construction trailer when the good-natured louts leave muddy footprints, and she has been known to take a protective interest in what they eat for lunch. One day she told construction intern Nick Carhart that two king-sized Snickers bars didn't exactly constitute a balanced meal, prompting another intern to say, "You're like Nick's mom!"

Wesserling, who was captain of the girls' golf team at North Fort Myers ( Fla.) High, took everything in stride until an SI photographer asked her to let a few of the guys hold her over their heads in a beauty-and-the-beasts pose. "It was very Seventeen magazine," she says with a laugh.

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