by Enedina Perez
As the end of the semester approaches, there are many preparations for the new school year, including the four-month process of selecting new resident assistants, which ended on March 22.
After completing an extensive application, participating in group activities and taking part in a three-to-one interview, the new resident assistants who were chosen by a selection committee for Brandt are, juniors Jeremy Infranca, Joe Martinez, Robert Northrop and Kristi Smith; for Stu-Han, sophomores Kayla Fikter, Ileen Ram; juniors Amber Neri, Makayla Benjamin and senior Tammy Cupples; for the Oaks, freshman Scott Newbould; sophomores Michelle Runyan, Jerome Garcia, Joel Harworth and Shelley Millone; juniors Tony Tong, Amy Levy, Jeff Parness and Rich Quesada.
“I was looking for an experience to expand my leadership skills, and to have more contact with people that come to ULV,” said Fikter, a sophomore diversified major.
She found the process to be fun rather than stressful and is very thrilled with the results. “I am stoked,” she said.
Sophomore and biology major Ram wanted to try something different because she feels that “it is important to give a voice.”
The process of selecting these resident assistants involved forming a selection committee at the end of last November. This committee consisted of nine members, including current residents, staff, faculty members and resident assistants.
Christopher Freeman, area coordinator for Stu-Han and Brandt, was in charge of selecting the committee that held one-hour meetings every Wednesday to plan the process. Derek Vergara, housing and residential life director, was pleased with the committee.
“I felt that it was important to have student input into the decision,” he said. It was not until February of this year, that the actual selection process began.
The applications were available on Feb. 5, and an information session was held that evening.
The applications, which were described by Vergara, as being “very comprehensive,” were due on Feb. 26.