Written by Jenni Chadick, Assistant Director of Residence Life
Summer is always a time of transition, and in Residence Life it’s a time for renewal and preparing to welcome new staff and students into our community. The next few posts will highlight the professional staff and work to make living on campus a great experience, and explain a little bit about how our department is organized.
Residence Life at Puget Sound has six full time staff members. For 2013-2014 this includes our Director, Shane Daetwiler; two Assistant Directors, Jenni Chadick and one we are currently hiring; and three Resident Directors, Ayanna Bledsoe, Matt Jarrell, and James Spaan. The Resident Directors all live on campus and supervise the student staff that work directly with students (i.e. Resident Assistants, or RAs). The student staff are the first people to welcome students to their new home, and work throughout the year to ensure the health and safety of the buildings, to engage in conversations and community building, and support students in reaching their goals. RDs help the student staff figure out how to do this, and are an integral member of the residential community – attending events in the halls, having one-on-one conversations with students, and connecting students to other staff and faculty. Our RDs often have their master’s degree in higher education administration or student development, and are well trained in counseling and administration to support our students.
Our two Assistant Directors help the Residence Life program as a whole to run smoothly – from operations (getting your keys, moving in and out, managing billing) to programming (training staff, recruiting staff, assessment). The two ADs work very closely with the RD team to create living learning environments that are safe, secure, inclusive, and just plain awesome places to live and learn. Our Director is the fearless leader at the top making sure we work seamlessly to support the institutional mission and are keeping up with best practices regionally and nationally.
One of the great things about working and studying at a place like Puget Sound is that no matter what the title, our staff are accessible and care deeply about the student experience. All our professional staff are friendly and approachable, and love to meet with students – to work through a challenging situation or to talk about which local coffee shop brews it best (my money is on Bluebeard). Just like all the departments on our campus, we love what we do and love hearing the stories from the people we serve. With that in mind, we’ve development a brief quiz for all our staff to complete so you can learn a little bit more about us. I hope you take the time to read more about our Residence Life team for 2013-2014!