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Residence Life Honors Exemplary Students, Programs

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Residence Life Office announces its top students and programs for November/December.

Anthony R. GrubbsAlesha S. Frazier Resident Assistants of the Month
Honored as Resident Assistants of the Month were second-year RAs Anthony R. Grubbs, of Irwin, from The Village at Penn College, and Alesha S. Frazier, of Tipton, from Campus View Apartments.

A residential construction technology and management/masonry major, Grubbs “has grown a great deal this year and continues to work very hard in his position,” the Residence Life staff said. “He has a unique character, a huge heart and a great sense of humor that has kept his residents and staff team laughing. He’s volunteered to assist with mediations and has dealt with several challenging issues.”

He completed his program requirements very early to stay “ahead of the game,” it was noted, and he has gained a new respect and appreciation for his position this year.

“This RA has shown great initiative and planning,” staff said of Frazier, enrolled in the web application and development major.

“She has done a great job of getting to know her residents, and is always available to lend a helping hand. She’s dealt with many serious situations and mediations, and has taken the appropriate actions to provide her residents with resources in a timely manner,” Residence Life added. “She stays on top of the happenings in her area and follows up accordingly.”

Rachel C. Ruhl Rising Star of the Month
The Rising Star of the Month is Rachel C. Ruhl, a dental hygiene major from Mount Joy. A first-year RA at Campus View, Ruhl is “someone who is kind and helpful in all situations, but especially with those that require great attention and detail.”

Staff members said they received an e-mail after a recent family visitation event mentioning how well Ruhl connected with students during tours.

“She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful,” staff wrote. “She knows her residents very well. If you ask her to do something, it gets done. She follows up with residents, paperwork, bulletin boards and all the other … responsibilities of her position.”

Rose Street Apartments staff Educational Program of the Month
The Educational Program of the Month was “ResLife Quizzo,” organized by the staff of Rose Street Apartments (Temilade O. Agboola, Anthony J. Breighner, Tuesday D. Brown, Jeffrey L. Eshenour, Megan E. Hawn, Christie D. Henning, Kyle S. Miller, Meagan S. Morris, MaryJo Nonnemacher, John C. Phillippy, Louis A. Rizzo, Corey A. Shank and Sarah R. Shott.)

Staff said the RAs came up with an innovative way to teach residents about Residence Life policies.

“They created a Quizzo game that was based on questions from our policies and procedures, and an informative PowerPoint presentation was included as part of the program,” it was explained. “The program was an opportunity for students to be reminded of policies while having fun at the same time. A great deal of planning and preparation went into this well-executed program.”

Campus View Apartments staff Social Program of the Month
Selected as the month’s best Social Program was a Halloween Party organized by Campus View staff (Jaime R. Ackerman, Alesha S. Frazier, Julianne C. Grega, Ashlin R. Hollinger, Tiffany M. James, Matthew Miller, Rachel C. Ruhl, Benaiah K. Tucci.)

“The RAs worked very hard on this program and, despite the typical setbacks, they were able to pull it off successfully,” Residence Life officials said. “The staff team planned well in advance, and created a ‘Clue’ game in which residents had to collect clues about a murder mystery that involved the staff. The residents had to collect clues from RAs, campus police and the coordinator. At the Halloween party, the staff clarified the clues and the residents guessed at solving the crime.”

Larissa D. Kryder“They also enjoyed food and games, including a ‘Fear Factor’-type of event that was a big hit. The RAs came up with an innovative programming idea and executed it well.”

Special Initiative Program of the Month
“Once in a while a program comes along that is truly ‘over the top,'” staff said in honoring “Halloween in the Village.” as its Special Initiative Program of the Month. The event was orchestrated by Larissa D. Kryder, a physician assistant major from Jersey Shore.

“A great deal of planning, organizing and hard work went into this Special Initiative program. This RA took a past idea, added her own creativity and thoughtfulness, and developed a truly outstanding program.”

Children of Penn College faculty, staff and students were invited to the complex for trick-or-treating, games, decorations, Halloween food and a door-decorating contest. Village residents also got involved by passing out candy to the children, helping with decorating and food preparation.

“Special mention goes out to most of the Village staff for their great assistance with this program,” staff added.