Program, resident assistants named

Starting next year, the duties of an resident assistant (RA) will be minimized and a new position will be implemented, the program assistant. PA's will organize events twice a month for various floors and wings, something for which RA's where previously responsible. Sophomore Victoria Neas will be one of the PA's for Stu-Han. / photo by Veero Der-Karabetian
Starting next year, the duties of an resident assistant (RA) will be minimized and a new position will be implemented, the program assistant. PA’s will organize events twice a month for various floors and wings, something for which RA’s where previously responsible. Sophomore Victoria Neas will be one of the PA’s for Stu-Han. / photo by Veero Der-Karabetian

by Aaron Kiel
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne Residential Life has announced its Residential Assistants and Program Assistants for the 1997-1998 school year.

This coming year will be the first time ULV has had Program Assistants who will plan programs and activities for the residence halls.

The new Resident Assistants include: junior Bill Baccus, freshmen Rick Garcia, Zack Rabadi and freshman Robin Moore for Brandt Hall, junior Liz Lomeli, freshmen Maisha Pryor, Eileen Loera and Melinda Sanchez for Stu-Han, and juniors Kimbley Craig, Adriana Macias, sophomore Diane Ramos, junior Andrew Bills and senior Abel Sanchez for the Oaks dormitory.

Program Assistants include junior Sergio Velazquez for Brandt, sophomore Victoria Neas for Stu-Han, and junior Kenia Magallanes, Jennifer Messina and sophomore Jennifer Caforio for the Oaks.

“We think we have a good group of men and women. We’re really looking forward to working with them. They seem like they have a lot of good ideas and creativity,” said Chris Freeman, area coordinator for the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

According to Freeman, there were 27 students who went through the application process, and 18 were chosen.

The application process includes an informative session in the beginning, a two-hour interview that utilizes various group exercises and two interviews with selection staff. The first of those interviews is with three students R.A.s or student leaders, and the second interview is with Residential Life staff, faculty representatives and administration.

“I hope to learn how to work with people with different backgrounds and gain some leadership,” said Moore.

Messina, who is excited about being one of the first P.A.s, said she hopes the new P.A.s will be able to take some of the work load from the R.A.s. On April 23, the new R.A.s and P.A.s met at Lordsburg Coffee Roasters to get acquainted and begin to think about the upcoming school year.

In August the new residential staff will undergo a week long training session that will cover such topics as substance abuse, rape prevention, and developing a community. They will also participate in a ropes course which enhances teamwork.

Residential Assistants are compensated with free room and board and a Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) Scholarship.

The selection of new RA's is a time consuming task consisting of several interviews, role playing and endless application forms. Among the few students selected for next year's group was junior Bill Baccus. He will be the RA on the second floor of Brandt Hall. / photo by Veero Der-Karabetian
The selection of new RA’s is a time consuming task consisting of several interviews, role playing and endless application forms. Among the few students selected for next year’s group was junior Bill Baccus. He will be the RA on the second floor of Brandt Hall. / photo by Veero Der-Karabetian

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