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.



Why is Xavier Hall the only hall open on-campus during Easter break?

In an effort to go green and reduce energy usage, we have decided to only open Xavier Hall for on-campus break housing for this upcoming Easter break.  Ora, Turrell, and UC will still be open for registered residents to stay over break but Boland will no longer serve as a break housing space.

This decision wasn’t made in haste. Our staff conducted a survey of how many students, on average, stay in Boland Hall during breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring breaks.)  Our numbers showed:

  • While many students register to stay in Boland Hall during break, few actually do.  This was found out by checking the amount of card swipes for entry into Boland Hall during break housing days.
  • The number of students who stay in Boland could easily fit in Xavier Hall during the break, as the majority of Xavier residents go home for breaks.

Boland is, by far, our largest hall. By shutting it down for a few days over Easter, we can save a lot of money in electricity, heating, water, and air conditioning usage.  Not only is the money the University saves green, but the lack of energy consumption helps contribute to a greener environment as well!

So Boland residents who need break housing – go ahead over to Xavier and meet Jossie or RaeAnne.  They can help you make friends with their residents who will allow you permission to stay in their rooms.  Just don’t forget to register for break housing on your Housing Profile before halls close on April 9th @10am!