Residential Life acquires new faces
April 14, 2000
Sophomores Stacey Mleczko and Ross Mathews have been asked to share
the position of head resident assistant. This is the first time in four
years that Housing and Residential Life has attempted to hire two people
for the job. Mlezko will be placed in Brandt Hall and Matthews will reside
at the Red Roof Inn.
Students at the University of La Verne recently had the opportunity
to receive a $500 scholarship as well as free room and board.
The office of Housing and Residential Life has chosen next year's resident
assistants (R.A.) and program assistants (P.A.). Half of the new staff consists
of returning R.A.s, which, according to Sarah Strauhal, resident coordinator
in the office of Housing and Residential life, "is exciting because
it shows that they had a good experience and they are willing to come back."
Luke Wagner, a freshman, said he thinks most R.A.s have a good experience.
Wagner is a current R.A. at the Red Roof Inn. Next year he will undergo
a transition as an R.A. in the Oaks Housing Complex. "It's a fun chance
to meet a lot of different people," he said.
The application process began with interested students filling out an
application. Students find out about the recruitment in different ways.
"I just saw a poster and decided to apply," said sophomore Katrina
Tronnes and her roommate applied together during spring semester last
year. Tronnes is currently an R.A. for the Stu-Han residential hall. Next
year she will be at the Red Roof Inn.
Freshman Sokhon Pok said that he decided to apply for the position after
he met and discussed the position with some of the current R.A.s.
After filling out the applications, students have a group interview
with about 15 of their peers. "I was scared, but I had a lot of fun,"
said Pok about the group interview. Returning members do not go through
the group interview; they skip to the private interview.
The private interview is a meeting between the person who applied and
the housing and residential staff.
Next year's staff, according to the guidelines enforced by the office
of housing and residential life, must be mature and assertive. Plus, R.A.s
and P.A.s should have experience with student leadership as well as a 2..5
cumulative grade point average.
R.A.s for the next year are Freshmen Yvonne Lara, and Steve Franklin,
junior Falone Serna and sophomore Leah Medina in the Brandt Residence Hall.
Junior Laura Quintana and freshmen Erin Davis and Jennifer Davis will be
in Stu-Han Residence Hall. Sophomore Ryan Scott-Acost, freshmen Jared Landaker,
and Josh Hannon and Tronnes will be at the Red Roof Inn. Sophomore Tiffany
Miller, junior Kephyan Sheppard, freshmen Brandon Pollard and Wagner will
be at the Oaks Residence Hall.
P.A.s will be junior Jonathan Johnson and freshman Sokon Pok.
All of these students will be restricted to a 16-unit course load, one
night class and a maximum of 15 hours per week of outside activities such
as a job, a sport, a club or a Greek organization.
The responsibilities are numerous. R.A.s handle the majority of floor
conflicts, respond to personal and medical emergencies, and uphold and enforce
all policies of the residence hall. Plus, they are responsible for filling
out paperwork, meeting deadlines and managing budgets.
Each R.A. and P.A. is required to participate in a two-week intensive
training program that starts in mid-August.
"The training teaches R.A.s and P.A.s about resources on campus,
counseling techniques and how to build community in the halls," Strauhal
Last year, training was three weeks long. However, this year the length
has been shortened to two weeks.
R.A.s and P.A.s are also required to participate in monthly in-service
training and a spring retreat. In addition to job responsibilities and training,
R.A.s and P.A.s are required to participate in all LEAD program activities
such as socials, team-building activities, conferences, workshops and meetings.