Punxsutawney Campus Summer Community Assistant (CA), Glenn Harris has
been a phenomenal member of the summer staff during the month of July!
Glenn took the job of the CA as he wanted to gain experience to become
a CA as he will be one this fall on the Indiana Campus. If you had met
Glenn, you would have never guessed that he was a first time CA.|
A CA serves as a peer educator and helper in order to facilitate the
personal and academic growth and development of residential students.
CAs are selected on the basis of leadership experiences, communication
and interpersonal skills, ability to be a positive role model
academically and behaviorally, interest in working with students to
develop a positive floor/building community and a willingness to promote
their own personal growth and development.
As a CA in July, Glenn did all of the above and more! The Punxsutawney
Students do not have transportation readily available to them. Glenn
saw this as a problem and wanted to be the solution to the problem.
Therefore, Glenn worked with the Associate Dean of Students in order to
be trained to drive the van. Once Glen was trained to drive the
university van, Glenn volunteered much of his personal time taking the
van to Wal-Mart and other places students needed to get to such as
Glenn also frequently transported students to the local hospital during
the month of July. When a driver takes students to the hospital, they
are only to drop them off and return to pick them up. Well, Glenn had
the heart of gold and he chose to do a lot more! Glenn sat with
students at the hospital until they were through with their visit. This
was not necessary for him to do! Additionally, Glenn really exceeded
expectations on one particular hospital visit with a student who needed
to be transported to Pittsburgh via ambulance which is 1.5 hours away.
Glenn rode in the ambulance and stayed at the hospital until the parents
arrived from Philadelphia. Throughout the time of waiting, Glenn was in
constant contact with the student’s parents updating them with
information from the doctors. I was really impressed with Glenn and his
determination to be an emotional support for the students.
Not only did Glenn help outside the residence hall, he was a star inside
too! Glenn exceeded programming expectations by being at every program
that was offered which was 4. So, not only did he plan programs but he
supported his fellow staff programs which you usually do not see.
During the summer, the students go on trips for class and Glenn
volunteered to be a chaperone on all trips as well. Again, not
necessary of him to do but he wanted the opportunity to get to know the
students better. Finally, Glenn was able to take a few minutes out of
his busy schedule to take time to recognize others through OTMs and
Glenn has proved to be one huge asset to our staff. I never have seen a
CA jump in like Glen has during the past month. It is with this notion
that I believe Glenn should be recognized as the CA of the Month!
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