Meet December’s Featured RA’s!

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.

Meet Teresa and Ryan, November’s Featured RA’s!

Monthly, Housing and Residence Life is taking the time to get to know some of the Resident Assistants (RA’s) on staff and share these profiles with you.  RA’s are student leaders who live in the residence halls to build community, offer programs, serve as a resource to students, and address any issues students experience.

 

This month, we meet Teresa Holl, a  Sophomore “Jersey Girl” from Jackson who works as an RA in Ora Manor, our University-owned apartment complex on Valley Street.  Teresa’s path to being a Resident Assistant wasn’t always clear, as she had considered transferring after a short while at Seton Hall.  However, she credits her freshman year RA, Heather Kwityn, for connecting her to SHU and motivating Teresa to pursue a position with Housing and Residence Life.  A Nursing major, Teresa saw the RA position as a chance to continue her leadership experience from high school.  Teresa loves bringing her organizational skills to her small staff and works to fight the stigma associated with being an RA off campus.  She values having her own living space and the ability to build more mature relationships with her residents and co-workers.  Teresa speaks happily about integrating her Filipino culture into her community, hosting a program where her aunt and uncle provided Filipino food from their restaurant.  If you’re interested in becoming an RA, Teresa encourages you to go for it and be yourself!

Next up is Ryan Johnson, a first-year RA from the first floor in Boland Hall.  An undecided Sophomore business major, Ryan prides himself on his involvement with the Martin Luther King Student Association and the Multicultural Advisory Committee.  If you ever need to find Ryan, he says he is most likely hanging out in the Boland Lobby getting to know a new resident he hasn’t met before.  Ryan recalls wanting to be an RA as early as his Junior year of high school when he was brainstorming with his aunt about ways he could afford college.  Although Ryan appreciates the financial benefits of the position, he believes the bigger payout is the leadership experience and the community he gets to be a part of in Boland Hall.  Originally placed on the alternate roster, Ryan encourages anyone who is placed as an alternate to accept the position because you never know what could happen.  Ryan’s tips for interested in becoming a Resident Assistant?  Like Teresa, he says to be yourself throughout the entire selection process.  He also wants to make sure that his future colleagues know what they are signing up for, so understand all the job entails and make sure you can be 100% committed to all aspects of the position.

Housing and Residence Life is hosting four more information sessions throughout December and January for students interested in learning more about the RA position!  Check out our previous blog post about RA selection to get those dates.

Meet this month’s Featured RA’s!

Each month, Housing and Residence Life wants you to meet some of the Resident Assistants (RAs) who fork for our department.  RAs are undergraduate students who live in the residence halls to build community, offer programs, and help students address issues on their respective and in the building.

We will begin recruiting for our 2018-2019 Resident Assistant staff in November.  Keep an eye out on this blog and to your student E-mail for information on how to apply.

Meet Felipe Bueno!
Felipe Bueno, a first-year Resident Assistant in Aquinas Hall, hails from Quito, Ecuador.  At age 6, he and his family moved to Wellington, Florida.  With a desire to experience seasons, Felipe made the choice to attend Seton Hall, where he double majors in International Relations and Economics with a minor in French.  Felipe is proud of his ability to juggle a full academic course load, a work study position in the School of Diplomacy, a prestigious West Point Internship, and his RA responsibilities.  Although he had an amazing experience with his RA as a freshman in Boland Hall, Felipe waited until his Sophomore year to apply, citing a desire to step out of the Diplomacy bubble, meet new people and create new experiences.  He loves planning programs that revolve around food, hosting a program about campus technological resources where residents also ate freshly-baked brownies.  When asked about his experience thus far as an RA, Felipe says the RA position “doesn’t feel like work” and believes he has been able to “build cool connections.”  Currently interested in the Peace Corps after graduation, Felipe believes that the helping skills he has developed as an RA in Aquinas will benefit him in his future.

What would Felipe say to students who are interested in becoming an RA?  He encourages them to go for it with an open mind and guarantees that you will be surrounded by other motivated people from whom you can learn so much.

Meet Taylor Epps!

Taylor, a self-described goof who loves to laugh, says becoming an RA has helped her create meaningful connections on campus.  Before joining our team, Taylor was still trying to find those genuine relationships, but becoming an RA has allowed her to connect with other RA’s and be her genuine self.  She has never met a fellow staff member who didn’t take the time to get know her.  A Criminal Justice major from Wall, NJ, Taylor believes that she plays an important role in every students’ Seton Hall experience.  Inspired to become an RA after she felt her freshman year RA was lacking in certain areas, Taylor has made it a goal to build relationships and create connections with her residents in Xavier Hall.  She enjoys grabbing lunch or dinner with her residents and recently offered a “Scavenger Hunt” program to our upperclassmen in Xavier.  Academically, Taylor is ahead of the game, already a second semester Sophomore credits-wise in her first semester of Sophomore year.  She is involved in a number of organizations on campus, including the Black Student Union, the Silent Praise Dance Ministry, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

When asked what she wants prospective RA’s to know, Taylor thinks it’s important that students think deeply about their motives for applying.  Although RA’s do receive free room and board, she thinks the value of the position lies in helping students, creating relationships, and improving the Seton Hall residential experience.

 

 

Only two Resident Assistant Information Sessions left!

With the start of the Spring Semester, Housing and Residence Life is gearing up for our process to select Resident Assistants for the 2017-2018 academic year.

If you are interested in joining our staff, you are required to attend an Information Session.

The remaining two mandatory information sessions will be held at the following dates and times –

Monday, January 9th – 5 PM – Boland Pirate’s Cellar (Please note the location change.  This Information Session was originally scheduled for McNulty Amphitheatre.)

Tuesday, January 10th – 5 pm – Chancellor’s Suite.

Please reach out to Eric Mochnacz, Assistant Director for Training and Development, at eric.mochnacz@shu.edu or stop by 68 Duffy Hall if you have any questions.

Preparing for Finals!

To help students better prepare for Finals, Housing and Residence Life is proud to support The Academic Resource Center’s SHU-Tutopia.

On December 14th (Reading Day), from 3 pm to 6 pm in the University Center Main Lounge, tutors will be available for all students to help them prepare for finals.

Starting on Reading Day and lasting until the last day of finals, in the residence halls, HRL staff asks that students maintain 24 hour quiet hours.  This is to create an environment conducive to studying and academic success.  RAs and professional staff will be diligently enforcing this policy.

Resident students are encouraged to utilize the numerous study spaces available in the residence halls to better help you prepare for your final exams, projects and papers.

Housing and Residence Life wishes all students best of luck on finals!

 

Housing and Residence Life kicks off RA Selection for 2017-2018!

Housing and Residence Life is happy to announce that Resident Assistant Selection has begun for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Resident Assistants are student para-professionals who are trained to offer support to our residents throughout the year.  They offer programs, serve as a resource and confront policy violations in the halls.  They are an integral part in our office’s mission to provide living and learning communities for our residents.

If any student is interested in becoming a Resident Assistant, they are invited to attend one of the mandatory information sessions listed below.  If one of our current Resident Assistants or professional staff members thinks an individual will make a great addition to our staff, our staff are giving out reference cards to encourage attendance at an information session.

Applications, which will be distributed at the information session, will be due January 20th, 2017 at 12 PM.

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Eric Mochnacz, Assistant Director for Training and Development, at eric.mochnacz@shu.edu or stop by 68 Duffy Hall to speak with him.