Month: July 2010


Resident Assistant of the Month

School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Punxsutawney Region: CAACURH
Nominee: Glenn Harris Nominator: Nichole Fest

On-Campus Population: 400 Chapter Size: 0

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

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 doctor’s appointments.

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 other methods!

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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Date of entry into database: 2010-08-10 21:25:59

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