Today the RA/CA spotlight is on Sarah Clark, a Resident Assistant in 3334. Sarah is an elementary education major with a minor in human development. In her free time, Sarah likes to sew thrift shop, make crafts, run, take walks, watch movies, play games, and hang out with friends and family.
This is Sarah’s second year as an RA and her favorite part of this position is meeting new people. “You get to know a lot of people on campus that I’m not sure I would have met without this job.” Sarah said. Sarah’s biggest accomplishment in the RA position was winning an Of The Month (OTM) for her program, Paint Darts. The OTM won at both the campus level and at the regional level. Being an RA has taught Sarah about working well with people, professionalism, and how to think outside of the box.
Sarah also shared her favorite memory from her time on staff. “One of my favorite memories from being an RA is at our Christmas party last year with our area. It was a lovely time with my co-workers and friends.” Sarah said.
Thanks for all you do Sarah!
Today the RA/CA spotlight is on Amanda Nothem, a Community Advisor for the Contemporary Apartments. Amanda is a chemistry major with a minor in education. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading, hiking, running, horseback riding, and spending time with friends.
This Amanda’s third year on staff and her second year as a CA. “I love being able to get to know residents and being able to be the person that makes a difference in someone’s life.” Amanda said about her favorite part of this position. Amanda has accomplished a lot in her position including winning the Returning Staff Member of the Year award last spring for her work during the 2012-2013 school year. Academically, Amanda’s accomplishments include working on a physics research project last year and having her own science curriculum project this year, receiving the Nancy J. Sell Memorial Scholarship, the Founders Association Scholarship, and a University Leadership Award. Overall this position has taught Amanda a great self-confidence.
Amanda also reflected on her favorite memory from her time on staff. “There are too many good memories to choose from.” Amanda said. “Most of my favorite memories are just from getting together with other RAs and having so much fun that we can’t breathe because we are laughing too hard. I have made some of my closest friends through the RA staff and I can’t wait for the many adventures that we will have together even after college.”
Thanks for all you do Amanda!
Today the RA/CA spotlight is on Katy Doll, a Resident Assistant in Ted Lenfestey Hall. Katy is a psychology major with a minor in human development. In her free time, Katy likes to read, spend time with friends, watch TV, and bake. Katy is also involved in Circle K International and the Psychology and the Human Development clubs.
This is Katy’s second year as an RA and her favorite part of this position is connecting with the students on campus. In fact, Katy said that she feels the most accomplished when she is making connections. “I always feel accomplished in connecting with my residents and seeing my residents make connections with one another and with the campus.” Katy said. As for what this position has taught her, Katy also noted learning about herself and her leadership style as lessons learned. “In my role as a RA, I have also continued developing my interpersonal and leadership skills as I work with students both in resident life and throughout the campus. Many of the personal tools I have learned and developed while within res life are skills that will be extremely useful throughout my academic and professional life.” Katy said.
Katy also reflected on her favorite staff memory. “My favorite memory from being a RA comes from last year. A group of RAs that worked in Half Staff got together to make some lip-synced music videos. The end result was nonetheless humorous in between our unique dance moves and mismatched lyrics.” Katy said.
Thanks Katy for all your hard work!
Today the RA/CA spotlight is on Holly Plamann, a Resident Assistant in 3314. Holly is a human biology major with an emphasis in nutrition and a double minor in psychology and exercise science. In her free time, Holly likes to draw, read, and watch anime, play video games and cook.
This is Holly’s first year as an RA and her favorite part of the job is helping residents when they go to her with problems. Holly credits her biggest staff accomplishment to learning to be a better group member. Academically, Holly continues to be very pleased with her grades. Holy also said that being an RA has taught her better time management skills and how to collaborate with others.
Holly said that her favorite staff memory was from RA camp. “My favorite memory as an RA was probably the campfire at the end of summer.” Holly said. “It was touching to hear everyone be so open and sharing with each other.”
Thanks Holly and good luck on the rest of the year!
Today the RA/CA spotlight is on Megan Ryan, a Resident Assistant in Ed Thompson hall. Megan is an art major with a minor in education. In her free time, Megan enjoys blogging, eating, hanging out with friends, and photography.
This is Megan’s second year as an RA and her favorite part of her position is being a part of the staff. “I love being a part of such an amazing group of people.” Megan said. Megan is really proud of herself for breaking out of her shell and learning to feel comfortable around new people. Megan also said that the one thing this position has taught her more of than any other job is to be really open to other ideas.
Megan also reflected on her favorite staff memory; hanging our around the campfire at RA camp.
Thanks for all you do, Megan!
Today the Desk Staff spotlight is on Beth Heidtke, an elementary education major. Beth will be student teaching next semester and will spend nine of those weeks teaching in Mexico. In her free time, Beth enjoys doodling, reading and shopping.
Beth has been on Desk Staff for three semesters, two semesters as a Desk Manager and this semester she is an Office Assistant. “I really enjoy working in the mailroom.” Beth said, noting her favorite part of her job. “It’s really fun when people get surprise packages. I feel like I’m making their day.” Beth’s biggest accomplishments include being recognized as “Most Proficient in All Areas” in her position last year and becoming the editor-in-chief of Sheepshead Review, a student journal of arts and literature. “I’m also really proud that we’ve handled over 20,000 packages in the mailroom since I joined the staff.” Beth added. Beth also said that being on Desk Staff has taught her a lot about patience and multi-tasking.
Beth also reflected on her favorite memory from her time on staff, noting that her co-workers Cassie Alfheim and Stephanie Wieck have become two of her closest friends. “I also enjoy all of our desk staff get-togethers, from making caramel apples to Christmas parties to movie nights.” Beth said.
Thanks for all you do Beth and good luck with student teaching!
Its November, can you believe that?
The time has come for you to pack up your belongings and head to your family home. Now, maybe some changes have occurred and you are wondering how do I tell my parent(s) or even, what should I tell my parent(s)?
Well no worries!
It’s the time for change and having those somewhat important conversations with mom and dad. Whatever the transition you are facing, we have a panel of students, staff and even parents to help guide you to an understanding of how to have that conversation while keeping it humorous, fun and witty. Come November 20th and hear different perspectives that can put you a ease in knowing that someone out there has faced the same thing and has come out the other side.
Today the RA/CA spotlight is shining on Bryana Payne, a communication major with an emphasis in electronic media. Bryana, or Bry for short, is an RA in Long hall and, in her free time, enjoys taking pictures, going to concerts and eating sushi.
This is Bry’s second year as an RA and her favorite part of the position is listening to her residents. “It is an awesome feeling when residents can just come to you and tell you things that range from being weird and funny to stressful and serious.” Bry said. “Either way it is great to know that they can come to me.” Bryana attributes her biggest accomplishments in this position to helping her residents academically and helping them land leadership roles on campus. Bry also said that being an RA taught her a lot about time management. “I cannot stress enough how much this job will make an impact on your time management skills.” Bryana said.
Bryana also reflected on her favorite memory from her time on staff. “Last year, I had some very active residents who liked to stay up late and watch movies.” Bryana said. “These group of students were watching a horror movie, with all of their lights off and it was already a dark night. As I walked up the stairs and through the door, one of the girls let out this blood curdling scream and fell straight on my face.” Bry said that moment really helped launch a strong community between her and her residents.
Thanks Bryana for all you do!
Today the RA/CA spotlight is on Melissa Reisdorf, or Missy for short. Missy is a french major with a double minor in dance and education. Missy is an RA in Byron hall and in her free time, Missy enjoys reading, watching movies, baking, and hanging out with her residents.
This is Missy’s second year being an RA and her favorite part of the position is the feeling of community within the RA staff and the community she helps to build within her building. Missy attributes her biggest accomplishment in the position to building strong lasting relationships with her residents and her biggest academic accomplishment is making the Dean’s List. Missy said that this position has taught her a lot about dealing with conflict and how to stay organized.
Missy said that her favorite staff memory would be each year when the RAs go to camp for the night for staff bonding. “Everyone starts nervous.” Missy said. “But leaves with lasting memories and friendships.”
Thanks for all you do Missy!
Today the RA/CA spotlight is on Stephanie Schoeder, who always goes by Steffi. Steffi is a history major with a double minor in political science and education. She is also obtaining a broadfield social studies degree with a concentration in psychology. In her free time, Steffi likes to read, watch movies and hang out with friends.
This is Steffi’s third year as a Resident Assistant. Her first two years were spent in the residence halls and this year she is in the apartments. Steffi’s favorite part of the position is seeing growth in her residents, her co-workers and personal growth as well. While Steffi has won several awards, such as the University Leadership Award and a Spotlight OTM, she attributes her biggest accomplishments to things she did just to prove to herself that she could. “ An accomplishment of mine was going on a travel course to Mexico last January,” Steffi said “where I was forced to be out of my comfort zone and try many things that I hadn’t done before.” Steffi also mentioned that learning that it is not the end of the world to fail at something was an accomplishment for her. “Accomplishments to me are things that make you grow as a person” Steffi said “and that can’t always be pinpointed to an exact time, place, or location.” Being an RA has taught Steffi patience, trust and how to quickly adapt, just to name a few. “This job has taught me so many things that I can’t write them all down.” Steffi said “I don’t think I even know what it has all taught me.”
Steffi also reflected on her favorite memory from her years as an RA. “We were still in training, and I very much kept to myself. I was making door decs in my room and had decided it was time to call it a night when there was a knock on my door. Opening it, I find 3 of my fellow Phase One staff members in the door, Sean Sperberg, Zac Gholston and Burgandy Brockman. They asked me if I wanted to go to Perkins. Confused, I said I had my pajamas on and I was about to go to bed. This was clearly not a good excuse for Sean. He told me that nobody cared if I was in my pj’s at Perkins, it was after midnight. Seeing that Sean was not going to take ‘no’ for an answer I caved in and grabbed my wallet to go with them for my first ever late night Perkins Run. While I don’t remember much of the conversation that happened at Perkins, this has to be my favorite staff memory because this is what opened the door to me being a part of the RA family. Even if I was an introvert, people were not going to let me stay in my shell and hole up in my room. I had excellent mentors who made me break out of my comfort zone and see all of the amazing opportunities around me. Without this position, I would not have done nearly all that I have done while in my tenure at UW-Green Bay.”
Thanks for everything you do Steffi!