The Residence Life staff is restructuring to provide a director of sophomore residence halls and to have one resident director in each hall next year.
Jenny Butler will be the director of the first year residential experience and Jessica Nguyen will be the director of the second year residential experience. Bart Herridge, dean of student engagement and retention, said this will allow the directors to structure residential programs that reflect what students are experiencing at different times of the year.
“It’s going to give us opportunities to be much more intentional about what’s happening in the life of students,” Herridge said. “There’s no way we could have done that under the old AC [area coordinator] model.”
A full-time staff member, called the resident director, will live in each hall, rather than some resident directors, also called area coordinators, overseeing two halls. Resident directors oversee facilities, check-in, discipline and community building. This year, Javan Furlow had more than 350 students to oversee as the area coordinator for both Edwards and Smith-Adams halls. Herridge said many students didn’t have easy access to their resident director.
“From the students’ perspective, it was frustrating because of access to a staff member,” Herridge said. “From the staff members’ perspective, by going to one building, your staff is smaller so you can spend less time working with the staff and more time working directly with students.”
Each hall is different, Herridge said, and the new system will allow resident directors to focus on the needs of each individual hall. ACUPD Chief Jimmy Ellison said he supports the change because it will be more efficient for security.
“We seemed to notice with the director model, there seems to be more structure in terms of building security and response to incidents,” Ellison said.
The smallest halls, Morris and McDonald, will still have one resident director overseeing both halls. One tower of Barrett Hall will become a men’s residence to make room for a larger sophomore class, Herridge said. Resident assistants will now be called resident community leaders and assistant directors will now be called senior community leaders.
Senior community leaders and resident community leaders listed by hall:
Bianca Tahuahua -Senior community leader
Cameron Walter -Senior community leader
Tyler Ziemann -Senior community leader
Coleton Spruill -Senior community leader
Ivana Munoz -Senior community leader
Seth Rungdit -Senior community leader
Aliyah Joy Ogletree
Brittany Taylor -Senior community leader
Brie Hawkins -Senior community leader
Khamisie Green -Senior community leader
Regan Hardeman -Senior community leader
Brynn Barton -Senior community leader
Clarissa Anne Lavaki
Austin Brown -Senior community leader
Lindsie Lawson -Senior community leader
Rachel Perry -Senior community leader
Morgan Anderson-Senior community leader
Nicole Kass -Senior community leader