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Residence Life Applauds Month’s Noteworthy Students, Programs


The Residence Life Office hasselected Pennsylvania College of Technology’snotable students and programs for October/November.

Anthony GrubbsSelected as Resident Assistant of the Month was Anthony Grubbs, a residential construction technology and management: masonry emphasismajor fromIrwin.

“As a veteran Resident Assistant (at The Village at Penn College), Anthony uses his experience to mentor new RAs and volunteers his assistance,” office staff wrote. “First-year staff members look up to ‘Grubbs’ and trust his guidance. He always has a positive attitude, genuinely cares about his residents and gets his fellow staff members motivated. He truly models the leadership skills a veteran RA can bring to the staff.”

In addition to all of his responsibilities, it was noted, Grubbs makes it a point to ride his bike to the Residence Life Office on an-almost-daily basis just to say “Hi” to the staff.

Akeem ShakesThe Rising Star of the Month was Akeem Shakes, of The Bronx, N.Y., an electromechanical maintenance technology student and an RA in Juniata Hall.

“This RA is one of those individuals who gives 100 percentto the Residence Life Office,” staff said. “When meeting with his coordinator, he doesn’t bring problems: He brings solutions. Whether he’s on duty or not, he keeps abreast of all situations. His leadership and management skills have proven to be a big plus for his residents. Parents and students often comment on his nurturing and caring style.”

Termed a “well-rounded RA and a rising student leader on campus” who never misses meetings, departmental events or programs in the residence-hall complex, Shakes has offered a wide range of programmingthat includes dodgeball and “Scary Movie Night.”

Toye OgundoyinA “Kick Butt Day”undertaken by Lancaster Hall RA Toye Ogundoyin was chosen as the Educational Program of the Month.

A civil engineering major from Newark, Del., “Toye had the initiative and foresight to educate the residents in an inventive way on the effects and consequences of smoking,” Residence Life staff said. “Prior to the campuswide Open House, Toye decided to have a cigarette cleanup day. (He) took the initiative to involve residents, along with the RAs of Rose Street Commons, to pick up cigarette butts. This effort included General Services, all three (residence-hall) complexes and non-smokers. Although it may appear to be a community-service effort, it also educated the residents of Rose Street Commons on the negative consequences of smoking.”

Emily CarellaJonathan ProbstThe Social Program of the Month was “Toga Party,” hosted by the RAs of Campus View RAs Emily Carella and Jonathan Probst.Carella, of Hawley, is majoring in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; Probst, of Allison Park, is a building construction technology student.

” Resident Assistants Emily and Jon worked together to host a fun and festive Toga Party,” staff explained. “Students arrived dressed in togas, and, for those students who came with bedsheets, Emily and Jon were on hand to offer assistance in transforming those sheets into togas. Residents enjoyed food and participated in games, including frozen T-shirt, toilet-paper togas and Water Pong.”

With more than25 residents in attendance, the program was considered abig success.

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