Have you Registered Yet? I’m Proud to be Keynoting the ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute!

I’m excited to share that I will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute alongside Karen Inkleas (of leaving learning program research fame) and Patty Perrillo (ACPA Past President).  As one of the premier and most popular Institutes ACPA offers, the Residential Curriculum Institute (RCI) provides participants a step-by-step process for utilizing this innovative learning-centered approach to creating educational environments in college residence halls (and in student affairs divisions in general).  I have served on the faculty of the Institute for two years now and was also a… 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

Residence Life Explained in Emoji 2 (Crowdsourced)

In my original post (included at the end) I included a challenge to residence life pros and resident assistants to tweet me their own emoji.  Here’s what they sent: Submitted by @KMcCarthy8185: Submitted by @dougtate: Submitted by @Jen_Cox: I made this one:Submitted by @TorryBruce: Submitted by @icehockeystick: Submitted by @awall13: Submitted by @cm_ferrari3: Submitted by @TorryBruce: Submitted by @ValerieHeruska: BUY this as a poster! Or a greeting card.  Help fund my doctoral dissertation!  The paid version uses a sharper, higher resolution file. For the poster, there are multiple price points, qualities, and sizes….  All proceeds help fund my dissertation.  One… Read More

Fake RA Incident Reports From Pop Culture: Saved By the Bell

Date: November 3, 1990 Time: 8:34pm Location: Bayside Hall room 231 Responding Staff Member: Richard Belding Residents Involved: Jesse Spano, Zach Morris, Samuel “Screech” Powers, A.C. Slater RD Richard Belding received a call to the staff duty phone at approximately 8:34pm from Resident Samuel “Screech” Powers.  Resident Screech stated that he had recently come back from the local hangout known as “The Max,” and encountered Resident Zach Morris running through the lobby of Bayside Hall.  Resident Screech reported that Resident Morris stated, “I’ve got to check on Jesse.  She’s in trouble.”  Resident Screech indicated… Read More

Free Pizza! 6 Ways of Building Community UPDATED for a Social Media Residential Curriculum

“Door decs” with your name on it… Crafting in the lobby… An icebreaker where you rhyme your name with a vegetable… free pizza… all cliché ways a college Resident Assistant (RA) goes about building and maintaining community.  Of course, the RA position is far more complex than the stereotype that often gets portrayed, or the hokey activities that are often the source of satire, but some of this “hokiness” is there because it works… and yes, some of it is just hokey. One of the most important aspects of social media that still… Read More