Dear RAs… I want you to STOP PROGRAMMING!

  It’s time for an intervention. PUT DOWN the glitter. STEP AWAY from the construction paper. DO NOT OPEN the pizza boxes. I WANT YOU TO STOP PROGRAMMING! I don’t really want you to stop programming, but I do want to stop putting on programs that are not developed with a strong set of learning outcomes and an associated lesson plan that seeks to further those outcomes. In fact, I want you to revisit the idea that holding a program is the most effective method for delivering on these outcomes. Part of this is “giving up”… Read More

ResLife Myth #4: RA Training Needs To Be Two Weeks To Be Effective

A number of departments and institutions have recognized that as the roles of residential education staff have evolved and technology has advanced, many of the assumptions upon which training programs were previously built no longer hold true. For example, resident assistant and student staff training programs typically occur in August, before residence halls open for the academic year, and can often last as long as two weeks. But do they need to be this long? And do they always need to occur in-person and in August? In my opinion, we need to re-evaluate and… Read More

Residence Life Explained in Emoji: The Poster

I’ve always been fascinated by how mobile communications are increasingly pushing us towards more visual forms of communication and expression.  Memes, animated gifs, and, of course, emoji.  With the beginning of the year upon us… RA training… residence hall opening… I thought it was appropriate to rework some of the emoji series I did last year into a poster… Enjoy!  (And add your own to the conversation.)

If The Characters Of Downton Abbey Were RAs…

Presenting at OACUHO/University of Guelph this weekend…

I have the pleasure of heading to Canada today to present twice at the OACUHO Residence Life Conference at the University of Guelph.  Growing up in Rochester, NY, going to Canada feels a little bit like coming home.  The first session I’ll be doing this weekend is to the RAs and student leader’s in attendance on engaging their residents with and in conversations about social media.  The second is for the professional staff on how to be a digital SApro and seek out professional development online. Student Presentation: Social Media Momentum: Developing… Read More