Closing Time… Reflection and Closure Activities for Residence Life

As May approaches at colleges and universities across the United States, the end of the academic year brings a number of rites of passage and end-of-the-year celebrations–from banquets to award ceremonies to graduations. Students are preparing for finals, saying goodbye to friends, planning for summer work and internships, and, for some, leaving the university for the last time. Recognizing the closure of a community experience in the residence halls is important final learning opportunity for students living in the residence halls. When developing closure activities, there are a number of outcomes one may hope to… Read More

20 Memes to Get You Through Residence Hall Closing #ResLife

The following cross-post comes from the AMAZING, INCOMPARABLE Marci Walton.  Marci and I recently collaborated with Josie Ahlquist and Renee Piquette Dowdy in presenting a session at the 2015 NASPA convention on blogging in higher education in student affairs.  She’s great people.  Follow Marci on twitter. Originally posted at MarciWalton.com: Closing is upon us. The time of year when you go cross-eyed from paperwork, wonder if your student staff have been listening to you whatsoever, and brace yourself for nasty rooms. Any time you try to get thousands of people to do… Read More

Presenting at SUNY Geneseo today… An RA Intervention…

I have the immense pleasure to be presenting at my alma mater today, the State University of New York College at Geneseo.  They asked me to do a presentation to their Resident Assistants that’s spin on my blog post “RAs Are Not Educational Experts.”  Geneseo’s residence life program utilizes a model similar to that of a residential curriculum.  In this presentation (excerpt below) I try to break RAs of that nasty habit of “programming.” Now I’m off to get some Mia’s pizza…

The Opportunities and Challenges of a Social Media Residential Curriculum

I had the immense privilege of being one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute talking about how residence life professionals (and actually, any student affairs professional) can integrate social media into their student learning efforts.  I wanted to provide a sample of the slide deck I used as well as some further resources to get you started. To see examples of colleges and universities using social media in creative ways, check out a list of my Higher Education Social Media Spotlights. For attendees: If you want to hear… Read More

The Story of Residence Halls (Told in Video)

History of American Residence Halls

I created this presentation back in 2008(?) for RA Training to help my RAs understand how the educational purpose of residence halls has evolved over time and where, as student staff, they fit into that history.  I recently came back across it and thought I’d put it up on the web as a video for others to use and share as they see fit.  It holds up pretty well for being nearly 6 years old at this point.  Enjoy! (Sorry for some of the rough song transitions.  Keynote has some limits when you’re… Read More