Resident assistants rank high at conference

Residential Life Area Coordinators Dana Howard and Erin Walker, along with Assistant Director, Jolanda Taylor and Director, Anthony Jackson, recently chaperoned a group of 20 Grambling State University Resident Assistants and two graduate assistants to the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers Equipping Resident Assistants Conference in Dry Creek. The group put in countless hours of cheer practicing, banner making and planning before embarking on the trip on Friday, March 5.

The conference’s theme, “RA Tube,” encouraged the RAs to utilize cites such as YouTube for learning while being mindful of what is posted on the World Wide Web about themselves as well as their residents. The group followed the theme faithfully, depicting scenes of the do’s and don’ts of RA’s.

Out of the nine Louisiana higher education institutions at the conference, the GSU Resident Assistants cleaned up at the awards table.

Individual nominations include Skyla Duncan for Female Rising Star; Adrian Calixte for Male Rising Star; Jackie Gorham for Female RA of the Year; Ronald Weekes for Male RA of the Year.

Individual winners include Graduate Assistant, Rudolph Ellis, who won Best Conference Program for “The Triple Effect”, which was a session on how to balance academics, the job and your social life. First semester RA, Corban Bell, participated in the Case Study Competition along with 20 other RA’s and placed first. In this competition, RA’s are posed with a difficult scenario and must present a logical solution to the problem.

Grambling’s RA’s also placed third in the Roll Call Competition and was named one of the top three schools in the running for the Overall Spirit Award.

GSU RA programming did not go unnoticed because the RA’s also won the LAHO Community Building Program of the Year for “OutRAgeously Red.” This award is given to one institution that focuses on community building within the residence halls. Selection is determined by the goals, objectives, creativity, originality, development and implementation.

For more information on the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers, visit www.laho.org.