University Park Apartments welcomed resident advisers on its property this year in partnership with ACU Resident Life for the first time.
University Park Apartments are owned by Campus Living Villages. The new resident advisers will have the responsibility of programming and coordinating community events and bettering community life.
Scott Busby, assistant resident director of Resident Life on University Park property, plans to bring four ACU resident advisers to manage University Park for this coming year and foreseeable future.
Summer Thompson, leasing assistant of University Park, said this change is because of the initiative to have ACU Resident Life indicate a “new direction” in their current partnership with Campus Living Villages.
“We felt that having a partnership with ACU Resident Life will better our resident community here by having actual ACU R.A.’s because the majority of our residents are ACU students,” Thompson said.
Victoria Matuszewki, director of leasing at University Park, said the purpose of this partnership is to bring the community closer together and create a better atmosphere by implementing a great resident life program.
“I think the easiest way to lease is to have a great community built,” Matuszewki said.
Campus Living Villages divides the Resident Life program into three different categories: live, learn and grow. The new resident advisers will have the responsibility of implementing programs that meet those categories.
This is the only responsibility that ACU resident advisers have at University Park. This is a departure from the responsibilities of the previous year as there will no longer be a requirement of office hours.
“[It will] help us better with our programming, create more cohesion with [Campus Living Villages] staff and with our residents,” Thompson said.
This change in staff will not affect any existing student residents any more than the previous year or any residents who are not students of ACU. These changes serve to build a better and more cohesive community for all guests of University Park.
In the past, events such as movies on the pavilion at University Park have been scheduled for residents. Future events set up by the resident advisers have not yet been scheduled.