Written by Kimberly Webber, Resident Programming Assistant (RPA) for Todd/Phibbs
My name is Kimberly Webber and I’m the RPA on the 3rd floor of T/P. That means that in addition to being a co-RA for T/P3, I will work with my RD to advise the T/P RHA. Last year, I was a freshman living on A/L3. I was the Programmer for A/L RHA and worked closely with my RD, RPA, and other representatives at RSA general council meetings.
UPS Residence Life is filled with wonderful resources, people, and places that unfortunately have the tendency to be confused with one another; here are some of the most common acronyms you’ll hear while living on campus:
People: RA = resident assistant; one or two returning students on each residence hall floor to assist in roommate, personal, and academic conflicts; deal with discipline throughout the residence hall; work to foster a strong 1st-year community among new students
RPA = resident programming advisor; one of the RA/RCCs in most buildings (those with first and second year residents) to serve as a guide to the RHA for that area
RD = resident director; one Pro Staff employee who lives and works in the area he/she oversees; handles all disciplinary actions in his/her area; works with the RPA in advising the RHA
Organizations: RHA = Residence Hall Association; group of 5 residents (president, programmer, green advocate, secretary, treasurer) who work together on a weekly basis to improve the residence hall community through programs, events, and providing needed supplies/repairs for the hall
RSA = Resident Student Association; board of 5 on-campus students with similar goals of the RHA, but on a larger scale to reach the entirety of on-campus residents
Places: A/L = Anderson/Langdon; one of our largest residence halls, housing primarily freshmen; located on North Quad
T/P = Todd/Phibbs; largest residence hall at UPS, housing primarily freshmen; located on South Quad, next to Todd Field
That’s my life in acronyms, what about yours?