RA selection announced
"Mom, Dad, I'm thinking
about applying to be an RA."
She's thinking about applying to be a ... what?
An RA, or resident assistant. A student holding that position takes
responsibility for other students on the floor, working on everything
from health issues to developing the floor as a community.
The application process for positions as RAs starts Feb. 15. Students
interested in applying may obtain an application between 11 a.m.
and 2 p.m. from Feb. 15 to 19. Those applications must be returned
to Residence Life by Feb. 26.
To become an RA, a student must have sophomore standing (second-semester
freshmen can apply) and must have a GPA of at least 2.30. The Residence
Education staff also looks for a well-rounded student, explained
AJ Goodman, residence director for Francis, Townhouses and Garden
The application process includes writing an essay, a résumé
and an interview with Residence Life personnel, plus a series of
Once a student is chosen as an RA, her responsibilities will include
getting to know students, developing community, dealing with conflicts,
student health issues, and ensuring the safety of the students.
The position does involve significant time and responsibility, Goodman
said, but the “positives outweigh the negatives." An
RA receives $6,000 per school year, a sum that can be used toward
tuition payment or for personal expenditures. The position offers
good experience in leadership and communication skills, he added.
Those chosen for the position will be given late-August training
before they start their fall duties.
Thirty-seven RA positions are available, with 14 of those in freshman
residences. Any student who will have sophomore standing by next
fall is encouraged to apply. Goodman said the Residence Life staff
is looking for a wide range of people to enhance resident life at
Further information on the position and process is available at
Class of 2012
students have a subscription to the online magazine Student Health
101. There is a parent companion piece for you! Access
this online magazine.
of 2013 officers stay busy
of the class of 2013 are "definitely experiencing how fast
a semester goes" and how much time it can take to bring plans
Class president Jessie Briggs said those two
lessons are shaping the planned activities for the near future.
The officers are talking about a large-scale fun event to end their
first year of college and a perhaps larger-scale fundraising event
sometime during their sophomore year. Officers are still considering
what type of event they might do for the fundraising event.
"We do want to work with the First-Year Experience Council
on a year-end event," said Briggs, a psychology major. She
visualizes it as a "celebration before finals."
"We'd like it to be a reward for all the support we've gotten
this year," she added.
Last semester, Briggs said, the class came together to work on a
gift drive for the Warming House, the University's soup kitchen
in Olean. Briggs said the class officers plan to invite next year's
freshmen to work with them on another gift drive for the Warming
House. She hopes to see that drive become an annual event.
Officers for the class are Jessie Briggs, president; Ben Freeland,
a journalism/mass communication major, vice president; Marissa DiRocco,
political science, treasurer; and Mike Terry and Paul Leonardo,
both political science, student senators. The position of secretary
GOING ON . . .
Upcoming events on campus include:
Ongoing - Math
Lab available for drop-in assistance in mathematics
Wednesdays - Italian
Friday-Sunday, 2/12-14 - Homecoming
Weekend & Bona Pride Day
Friday, 2/12 -
"A Night at the Operetta" in the
Friday, 2/12 - Karaoke Night
Saturday, 2/13 - Music by Rod Tucker
Saturday, 2/13 - Men's
Basketball vs. Richmond
Sunday, 2/14 - Women's
Basketball vs. George Washington
Sunday, 2/14 - Video games
in the Skeller
Monday, 2/15 - “Starting from Scratch: Resume Basics
for Beginners” in the Career Center
Monday, 2/15 - "Differences Are Us" panel
Tuesday, 2/16 - "Reflections on Leadership of a Catholic
Higher Education College in Northern Ireland” featuring
Prof. Peter Finn, president of St. Mary’s University College,
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Thursday, 2/18 - It Takes 2 Game Show
Friday, 2/19 - John Grey and Friends Band in the
Saturday, 2/20 - Women's
Tennis vs. Youngstown State
Saturday, 2/20 - Snow Tubing at Holiday Valley
Sunday, 2/21 - SBU Band and Choir Concert
Tuesday, 2/23, “Courageous
Thursday, 2/25 - Webinar, "Call to Serve- Federal Internships:
Finding and Applying for Summer 2010 - Part Two"
Saturday-Sunday, 2/27-3/7 - Midterm Break - Residence
Halls close Saturday, 2/27 at 10 a.m. and reopen Sunday, 3/7 at
semester is jam-packed with Campus Activities Board events!