This month, meet two of our returning Resident Assistants. Over the past few months, we’ve shone the spotlight on student staff who are serving in their first year as Resident Assistants, but we also have RA’s who choose to apply for a second or third (maybe even fourth!) year to continue to serve the students in our residence halls.
Meet Jen Hobeika!
Jen, originally from Lebanon, entered her second year as an RA in the Complex. Jen is no stranger to hard work, as she currently manages a Biology major, a Psychology minor and a Catholic Studies minor. When she isn’t pursuing her career and applying for accelerated Nursing Master’s programs, she is actively involved in Campus Ministry as a work study and as an active participant in St. Paul’s Outreach programs. Jen believes she is “called to help people” and puts that calling into action by serving at a local soup kitchen weekly and putting her energies into the RA position. Jen also has an adventurous side, having bungee jumped last summer and planning to skydive for her 21st birthday. In the RA position, Jen loves building community and creating unique, positive, and quality relationships with and between the students on her floor. Jen reflects on her first program ever as an RA as one of her successes in the position. Hosting a “Detox and Destress” program, she invited over 100 residents to enjoy smoothies, bubbles, and other stress relief activities. Jen loves the RA position because it’s constantly evolving and unpredictable. If you want to join Jen as an RA next year, she recommends knowing who you are and being uniquely you throughout the entire interview process.
Meet Dwyght Pena!
Dwyght is a rare RA, potentially looking to return for a fourth year. Having served the students in Complex for two years, he has embraced working with first year students in Aquinas Hall. Dwyght is proud of his membership in Sigma Pi fraternity and is actively engaged in the entire Seton Hall Greek community as the Vice President of Marketing for the Inter-Fraternity Council here at SHU. Dwyght, who is originally from Massachusetts, credits his RA, Doug Stringham, with influencing him to apply for the position. Dwyght, with Doug’s encouragement, was able network on his floor and throughout the building, stepping outside the comfort zone of his room. Dwyght applies this lesson in helping his eager first year students make the most out of their Seton Hall experience. His desire to return to the position for a fourth year is driven by the desire to impact students’ lives. As for those who want to be an RA, Dwyght wants you to know that you don’t need to be a social giant, but you need to have a genuine desire and ability to build meaningful relationships with students in your building.
Housing and Residence Life will be hosting two more information sessions in January for students who want to be like Jen and Dwyght! They will be held on Thursday, January 18th at 6 PM in the Chancellor’s Suite and on Friday, January 19th at 2 PM in the Nursing Amphitheatre.
Our residence halls will reopen on Monday, January 15th at 2pm.
The residence halls closed at 10am today for Winter Break. If you didn’t register for break housing, you should be on your way home or to wherever you are going to spend break by now. Our halls will reopen on Monday, January 15th at 2pm. Enjoy your break, Pirates!
As students prepare to leave the residence halls and go home for break, HRL would like to remind students to do a general cleaning of their rooms. Throw away any food, unplug your fridge and put a towel under it, put away any papers, and throw away any trash. Students are also asked to take their pet fish home too! If a room has a vacancy in it, we ask that students remove any belongings from that side of the room. Please be sure to wipe down the bathroom (where applicable). Here is a handy checklist:
To encourage studying and success for finals, quiet hours in the residence halls will begin on December 11th at midnight . Noise should not be heard more then 2 doors away from a room. Staff members will be enforcing the noise policy 24 hours a day until the residence halls close for the Holiday Break. See your hall staff if you have any questions! Good luck on your finals. Happy Studying!
On December 12th, the Academic Resource Center will be hosting SHU-Tutopia!! The largest drop-in tutoring event on campus!! Tutors from across campus will be available for students from 3pm to 6pm in the Main Lounge! Be sure to stop by.
With the halls closing for Winter Break on December 20th at 10 AM, Housing and Residence Life wants to provide some resources to our parents and students who will be experiencing the first long break of the academic year.
Students and their families have changed and grown since Move-In Day in August and it’s important to recognize that expectations may have changed.
Here are some useful articles to help our Pirates and Pirate families navigate Winter Break –
When college students come home, stress and tension can mount
Winter break means adjusting to life back home
College Students Returning Home for the Holidays
Holiday Survival Guide for College Students and Parents
5 Ways to Adjust to Winter Break
Did you know that according to bestcollegereviews.org, SHU has the NUMBER 1 Christmas Celebration? This year, Seton Hall plans on continuing to remain on top! From the tree lighting, to the annual D.O.V.E toy drive and a few more surprises this year will be sure to amaze. So, stop by, have some hot chocolate, sing some carols and join the SHU community as we get into the Christmas spirit!
Date/Time: December 5, 2017 at 5:45pm
Location: SHU Green
Housing and Residence Life is happy to introduce this month’s featured Resident Assistants. Zachary Case and Jonathan Veenstra each joined staff this fall and work in Complex and Xavier Halls respectively. As fate would have it, they are both founding fathers of Phi Delta Theta fraternity here at Seton Hall!
Zach, who laughed throughout our entire interview and swears he is “always happy”, comes to Seton Hall from South Brunswick, NJ. He is an Accounting major with a minor in Spanish. When he isn’t serving as an RA or a founding father of Phi Delta Theta, which Zach says takes up the majority of his time, he enjoys watching “Riverdale” and “Survivor” and playing on his intramural volleyball team. Zach credits his RA, Tim, helping him through the adjustment of living with someone for the first time as his motivation for applying for a position. He wanted to help people like his RA helped him. Zach also loves the community he has established among the other RA’s on his staff, knowing that he can always count on a fellow RA to grab a meal with him in the dining hall. Zach, who works with students in our upperclass area, finds it easier to build relationships with his residents because they are familiar with campus and how they can utilize the RA. Zach encourages anyone going through this year’s RA selection process to be confident through the interview process and acknowledges that being selected from the alternate roster and hired as an RA has helped him become more confident in himself.
Where Zach enjoys volleyball and Netflix, Jon is a true blue Pirate Blue fan, splitting his time between being an RA in Xavier Hall and serving as one of the managers of the men’s basketball team. Jon’s passion for basketball is present in every aspect of his life, including academics, as he is a Sports Management major with hopes to take on Sports Media as a double major. Originally from North Haledon, Jon always has a built in “fun fact” for icebreakers because he is a triplet. Jon chose Seton Hall because of its reputable Sports Management program and can’t help but acknowledge his favorite color is blue, so SHU is a natural fit for him. Jon doesn’t believe you need to be an “in your face” person to be a successful RA. He channels his energies by being a quiet presence on the staff, making himself available and creating a safe space for his residents. They’ve seen his efforts and celebrated him when his “12 Dogs of Christmas” bulletin board won bulletin board of the month which made him feel good about the community he has created. Jon encourages anyone who is even considering the RA position to apply, because that’s the only way you’ll be able to learn about yourself throughout the interview process.
Housing and Residence Life will be hosting four more information sessions if you’re interested in joining the RA staff for 2018-2019.