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RA Spotlight: Vanya Koepke

Today’s RA Spotlight shines on Vanya Koepke. This is Vanya’s first year as a RA, applying for the position because “the RA’s in Roy encouraged me to apply my junior year. They thought my personality would further the resident community and campus,” as well as noting that the RA position is a wonderful opportunity to further his leadership skills.

This might be his first year but Vanya has already learned a lot.

“Working as a RA has taught me the importance of understanding and being sensitive to the often missed uniqueness of our diverse campus community,” Vanya said. “I continually strive to learn more about the background of all UWGB students and meet them where they are.”

Vanya’s favorite part of being a RA is his fellow staff and students and the ability to encourage students when needed, saying “often it’s the small things that get the residents excited.”

In addition to having enthusiasm for his residents, Vanya shows great school spirit as part of the Green Bandana Brigade.

“My favorite part of being a student at UWGB has to be the Green Bandana Brigade. When you talk about building an energetic campus atmosphere, our incredible student section has to be it,” Vanya said. “More importantly, these students are involved in campus organizations and represent the diverse plethora of academic departments. This organization which I am part of represents the UWGB vision of 360* of learning quite well.”

There are many memories made as a RA and Vanya’s favorite memory thus far is RA training camp because of the bonding done between so many wonderful individuals.

“I am very fortunate to know my fellow RAs and every individual that works at the Community Center. Each one continues to do a phenomenal job to make our campus one of belonging and pride,” Vanya said. “I would like to give a special shout-out to Jeff Willems who has been my inspiration and a big part of my involvement here at UW-Green Bay.”

Thank you Vanya for all that you do!

RA Spotlight: Ashley Keenan

Ashley Keenan

Ashley Keenan, today is all about you! Although this is her first year as an RA, Keenan has a history of being involved in the residence life community.

“My first year here on campus I was honored by receiving a bid for the Student of the Year at WURHA (Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association),” said Keenan, “This was an amazing honor to have my fellow students write me a bid saying how much hard work I put into my first year on campus. Having them recognize on a state level was one of my biggest accomplishments at Green Bay.”

In addition to RHAA, Keenan is involved with Phase 1 Community Councils. Her role in these leadership organizations helped her make her decision to become a RA, wanting to get to work with residents to help make their experience here at Green Bay as great as possible.

Keenan’s past RA’s also played a large factor in her choice to become a RA, noting that they were amazing role models and that she would not be here without them.

During her time as a RA so far, Keenan has learned a lot about policies and how people work differently than others.

Ashley Keenan, thank you for all that you do for the UWGB Residence Life community and good luck with the rest of the year!

RA Spotlight: Gillian Evanoff

Gillian Evanoff

Today is all about Gillian Evanoff, a first year RA in Arlene Walter Hall! As an aspiring chemistry teacher, Gillian wanted to be a RA in order to gain life experience and to learn what it is like to have some responsibility for students that depend on her in some way, shape, or form.

Being an RA is a learning process according to Gillian.

“I am in the process of learning, through the RA position, how to effectively solve social issues in my community. This includes first taking the initiative to confront issues, then to encourage positive growth,” Gillian said.

Being a RA allows you to meet many new people, which is Gillian’s favorite part of the job.

“I really enjoy the connections that have been and will continue to be forged through this job, not only to people but to areas of campus that I wouldn’t otherwise be connected with,” Gillian said.

It’s also the connections in the classroom that make Gillian enjoy being a student at UWGB.

“I absolutely love the connection that students can have to all of their professors,” Gillian said, “It is inexpressibly encouraging to be able to inquire directly with my professors when I have questions or concern.”

So far, Gillian’s favorite part of being a RA has been move-in day.

“Everyone was new, fresh, and whoever they wanted to be and it was also when I grew a foot and a half as a leader,” Gillian said.

Gillian is majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Education.

Keep up the fantastic work Gillian!

RA Spotlight: Joe Ebert

Joe Ebert, today the spotlight shines on you! Joe is a Community Advisor and this is his third year working as a RA/CA, returning to the position because of the students and staff that he gets to work with every day.

Getting to work with first year students and being able to help them adjust to campus life smoothly is Joe’s favorite part of the job and has created many memorable moments.

“My first move-in day as a RA in Josie, I gave my huge introduction to a resident’s 12 year old sister on accident. Although it was very embarrassing at first, it made a great joke for the rest of the year,” Joe said.

Some of Joe’s other favorite RA memories include seeing past residents become amazing RAs themselves and once “during training my first year as a RA, walking to the bay with some of my best friends and stargazing in the Kress parking lot when we needed a break from everything.”

During his time with Residence Life, Joe has learned a lot saying the most important lesson has been how to work on a team and time management. He also said that becoming a Community Advisor is his biggest accomplishment while in the position.

As a student, Joe’s biggest accomplishment is getting an IT internship at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Joe is double majoring in Computer Science and Information Science.

Thank you Joe for all the work you have done!

September OTM Winners

The winning OTMs for the month of September are:

Diversity Program: Wisconsin Bisexual/Pansexual Speakers Bureau (written by Amy Mauk)

Executive Board Member: Taylor Thompson (written by Sarah Alexander)

First Year Student: Milton Byers (written by Amy Mauk)

Institution Faculty/Staff: Phil Clampitt (written by Alyssa Lamberton)

Organization: Phoenix Philanthropy Club (written by Travor Copeland)

Residence Life Faculty/Staff: Kelly Steffes (written by Quin Merriweather)

Resident Assistant: Eli Amelse (written by Mariah Pursley and Steffi Schoeder)

Residential Community: Josephine Lenfestey Hall (written by Amy Mauk)

Social Program: OrgSmorg (written by Karli Peterson)

Student: Sam Braaten (written by Chloe Miller Hansen)

If you see any of these writers/winners please congratulate them on their accomplishments!

RA Spotlight: Chris Barry

Chris Barry












Christopher or Chris Barry, today is all about you!

Chris is a first year RA in Donald Harden and is enjoying his time as a RA, saying his favorite memories are anytime he is hanging out with Andrew Pfaff because “the man is a sass master.”

It was the incentive of taking a leadership role and the bonus of working alongside others that made Chris desire the position of a RA, and says “being able to work with some amazing staff members” is his favorite part of the job.

Chris, who is a member of the UWGB cheerleading team wants everyone to know “I love cheerleading,” and that his biggest accomplishment, although it “might be small for some people” is being able to manage his time between cheerleading, school, and a social life while being an RA.

As a Business and Marketing major, Chris says his favorite parts of UWGB are the tunnels and the sense of community that campus creates.

Thank you Chris for all that you do on campus and go Phoenix!

RA Spotlight: Christiana Bartelme

Christiana Barteleme

First time RA Christiana Bartelme, also known as Chrissy, is today’s featured RA!

Chrissy aspired to be an RA because of the leadership opportunities the position offers and the ability to meet new people, knowing she can help make her residents feel at home.

“I enjoy seeing my residents making connections and getting involved on campus,” Chrissy said.

In addition to being an RA, Chrissy has always been involved on campus.

“As one of the four Eco-reps last year, I enjoyed being part of organizations and committees that have helped pave the way to a more sustainable atmosphere in residence life,” Chrissy said.

Being an RA, Chrissy said she has learned “To try new things and step outside of my comfort zone to work towards achieving my goals and to realize my true potential.”

Chrissy is a Biology major with an emphasis in Ecology and Conservation with a minor in Environmental Science.

In her free time Chrissy enjoys drinking coffee while watching her all-time favorite show, The Big Bang Theory.

We’re glad to have you as an RA this year Chrissy, keep up the great work!

Starting Point

This Sunday, Sept. 28, Starting Point will be taking place from 4-8 p.m. in the 1965 Room. Starting Point is a leadership program hosted by Residence Life staff and organized by Area Coordinator Adam Novotny. The main role of Starting Point is to serve as a training session to student leaders involved in the various Residence Life leadership organizations, such as the Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and Community Councils (CCs). Area Coordinators will be presenting sessions that focus on the student leader’s role in community development, roll in their leadership group, group dynamics, programming and goal setting. The goal of Starting Point is to give all student leaders a similar message about their role in housing and inspire them for what they can accomplish this year. Starting Point also provides students from each group (RHAA, NRHH, CCs) the opportunity to meet other student leaders from a different organization and create working relations that can last throughout the whole year.
If you’re not currently involved in RHAA, NRHH or CCs but wish to attend Starting Point, contact your Area Coordinator.


RA Spotlight: Abigail Frye

Abigail Frye

Abigail Frye is our first RA in the spotlight this year!

This is Abby’s first year as an RA, wanting to become an RA to “gain leadership skills while also being able to help residents have a good on-campus living experience.”

In her short time in the position so far, Abby said that being an RA has taught her important leadership skills. She has also made good memories such as participating in and watching skits at RA camp during RA training.

There are many benefits of being an RA but Abby said that her favorite part is making positive connections with her residents and “really enjoys working with the amazing Res Life staff!”

Abby is an English major with an emphasis in Literature and a minor in Communication.

Her favorite part of being a student at UWGB is how welcoming the campus is, saying “it’s a great feeling knowing that there are a lot of people on campus who really want you to succeed.”

Abby accredits being involved on campus with different departments and organizations as her biggest accomplishment as a UWGB student.

Thank you Abby for all that you do!



SHA Spotlight: Juan Sebastian Garcia Medina

Residence Life would like to welcome back Juan Sebastian Garcia Medina as today’s SHA in the spotlight. This will be Sebastian’s second summer as a Summer Housing Assistant. “I liked the work, the environment, the pace we worked at, and my coworkers,” said Sebastian when asked what made him return to the position for another summer.

His favorite part of being a SHA is working in guest services in general. This summer Sebastian’s goal is to make sure that anyone who decided to live on campus during the summer has a good experience.

Sebastian credits that his time as a SHA gave him the ability to make decent looking bulletin boards.

As a junior here at UWGB, Sebastian is studying Human Biology, health science and cytotechnology. In his free time Sebastian enjoys listening to jazz, hanging with friends and going to concerts.

Want to know a couple fun facts about Sebastian? He is from Columbia and likes to play the Harmonica.

Welcome back Sebastian and thank you for all that you do!

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