The end of the first semester is drawing near, and for the two December graduates on our Resident Assistant (RA) Staff, this also means the end to their careers as RAs. Emily Ose, a human biology major and Katie Olieg, a social change & development and public administration double major will be graduating this December and leaving behind many great memories from their years as RAs at UWGB.

Emily is an RA in Keith Pamperin Hall. This is her third year as a RA. Looking back on her three years with Residence Life, she says that the process of watching her residents and other RAs grow has been her favorite part of being an RA. “As cliche as it sounds, it’s true,” she added. Emily herself has also grown over the years. This year, she headed a program, “Make a Difference Day” that invited UWGB students to volunteer in the Green Bay community in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day. Emily has wanted to accomplish this program her past three years as an RA and is hoping that it remains a tradition for Residence Life.

In addition to being an RA, Emily is the president of the UWGB chapter of Colleges Against Cancer and she interns with Live 54218, a non-profit organization in the community which encourages healthy living habits in Brown County. In her free time, Emily is an avid pinner on Pinterest where she admits to getting inspiration for RA programs and bulletin boards as well as treats that she makes for her [very lucky] co-workers, friends, and residents. Emily also likes to spend her time cooking and working out (which she attributes to her academic studies of nutrition.)

Katie is an RA in Apartment 3334 and is enjoying her fourth as a RA. When asked what inspired her to become an RA, she recalled how she looked up to her RA four years ago when she was a freshman. “He was fun, did well in his studies, and was an all-around great guy. I wanted to be just like him.” Since becoming an RA, Katie has had many great memories. Her favorite memory of all was her first time at RA camp. She likes to look back at the scared and excited emotions that she and her fellow first-year RAs felt about their new undertaking. Katie has loved meeting new people and experiencing their different perspectives. “Everyone has a something new to bring to the table!”

Katie is also involved on campus as part of the Civic Club, a new club on campus this semester that organized the Steps walk which also occurred on National Make a Difference Day. When she’s not busy, Katie enjoys her free time hanging out with friends, reading dystopian novels, and sleeping.

Emily and Katie, thank you for all you have done for Residence Life and good luck in the future from everyone at UWGB Residence Life!

Remember if you are interested in joining the Residence Life staff as an RA, Mid-year RA Selection materials are due on Friday, November 2nd before noon to!