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RAs, Programs Honored by Residence Life Office

Bradley Jackson Outstanding Resident Assistants and noteworthy student-housing activities for January/February have been announced by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Residence Life Office.

Jeffrey EshenourResident Assistant of the Month Bradley Jackson, an information technology: security specialist major from Warrington, was chosen for the top honor. A second-year RA in College West Apartments, “he has done an excellent job and is truly an asset to our department,” office staff said.

“Academically, he has performed exceptionally well by maintaining a perfect 4.0 (grade-point average),” staff added. “He is extremely organized and is able to follow through on tasks to ensure that the job gets done. He often volunteers his time in order to better serve the department.”

Jackson, who also serves as a Student Ambassador and assists in the Residence Life Office, was singled out for his consistent willingness to offer assistance and for having excellent rapport.

“This Resident Assistant genuinely and consistently treats others with respect and dignity,” staff noted. “He not only attends Penn College, he is a part of Penn College.”

Rising Star of the Month The Rising Star of the Month Jeffrey Eshenour, a first-year RA at Rose Street Apartments was characterized as someone who excels in many areas. Eshenour, of Elliottsburg, majors in information technology: web and applications development.

“This Resident Assistant is a dedicated student, which is evident in his 4.0 GPA. Although busy with schoolwork, he is always available and willing to help his residents, coordinator and fellow (RAs),” staff said. “This semester alone, he has dealt with incidents, roommate issues and more all the while keeping a smile on his face and having a positive attitude. He is continually enthusiastic, punctual and professional. Not to mention, his hall always gets A’s in recycling inspections!”

Kaitlyn CharmburyLarissa KryderEducational Program of the Month Honored for January/February are several first-year RAs from The Village at Penn College, who, according to Residence Life staff, put together a “phenomenal opportunity for all on-campus residents.”

The celebrated trio comprises Kaitlyn Charmbury, of State College, who majors in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology; Larissa Kryder, of Jersey Shore, a physician assistant major; and Joshua Wilson, of Landisville, enrolled in the accounting major.

Joshua WilsonThe planning for the event, titled “I Love Sex, Candy and Cocktails,” began during spring RA training and continued throughout the first part of the semester. The RAs worked with local agencies for donations and collaborated with Penn College employees on already-planned events for Sexual Awareness Week.

Their program, which staff said drew about 80 residents from all four student-housing complexes, included creative games and an educational PowerPoint presentation.

“Throughout their preparation the RA’s worked well together, were flexible and did a nice job with being frugal with their budget,” staff said.

Campus View staffSocial Program of the Month RAs at Campus View Apartments Jaime Ackerman, Alesha Frazier, Julianne Grega, Ashlin Hollinger, Kelly Bensinger, Matthew Miller, Rachel Ruhl and Benaiah Tucci were applauded for their “Fall in Love With Your Heart” program.

“These Resident Assistants completed a program based on eating healthy and sharing food with their residents,” Residence Life staff explained. “This program was a collaborative effort and everyone took part in making (it) work.”

Recipes and quantities of food were provided to two RAs who were in charge of shopping. The Resident Assistants each cooked healthy snacks (vegetable pasta, vegan burger dip, apple-cinnamon muffins, blueberry smoothies and more)! All of the RAs gathered in the Campus View office, and about 30 residents came by at their leisure to eat healthy foods and socialize with their RAs.

“All RAs gathered in the Campus View office and residents came by at their leisure to eat healthy foods and socialize with their RA’s. Overall, about 30 people attended this program.

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