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

Residence Life Explained in Emoji

A gift to my friends in Residence Life.  May August treat you well!   xoxo Pb 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 medium sized poster is worth half a transcribed interview.  Find out more about my dissertation. 🙂  Thanks! MORE available in my store!

Words Matter in a Residential Curriculum

When thinking about my own experience in developing a residential curriculum, I’m reminded of a wordsmithing session I had with some colleagues.  We were attempting to set some broad learning goals for our curriculum and we wanted to ensure that our language encouraged critical reflection but also allowed for a diversity of viewpoints.  It took us a while, but there was one phrase we finally settled on: “Students will be able to act from an internal coherent ethical belief system.” This original formulation was mine and I chose my words carefully.  I chose “internal”… Read More

Experiments in Teaching and Training With Social Media and Technology

Being an instructor in the Higher Education Master’s programs at Boston College and Merrimack College, and as former Res Lifer, I’ve always been interested in how to advance student learning outcomes through the use of technology and social media in classroom and training environments.  I’ll have the opportunity to present on both at the upcoming national conventions of ACPA and NASPA.  Below you will find the slide deck from my presentation as well as some resources for further reading.