Regional Winner
Month: August 2013


Resident Assistant of the Month

School: University of Nebraska- Kearney Region: MACURH
Nominee: Cacia Lyon Nominator: Sara Fecht

On-Campus Population: 2000 Chapter Size: 20

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

John C. Maxwell once said, “Leadership is influence” and Cacia Lyon is the perfect example. Being a Senior Resident Assistant (SRA), can be a difficult position. As a supervisor, you need to be flexible, dedicated, and strong. As a Resident Assistant (RA), you need to be empathetic, influential, and passionate. The struggle is finding the balance between the two, which Cacia has accomplished. Even after only knowing Cacia for three weeks, she has already proven why she was deserving of this job. Being flexible is a trait of being a supervisor she has demonstrated extraordinarily well. This year we had a staff member that wasn’t able to attend every session of training. Cacia was aware that this individual was stressed, and she took it upon herself to not only take very detailed notes, but to also sit down during lunch/supper with the individual to go over everything that we learned in full detail. Dedication is also an important trait of great supervisors. If a supervisor doesn’t care about their job, no one else will either. Cacia spent many nights awake until 3 AM before her staff arrived to make sure everything was ready for them. She spent many hours cleaning, doing inventory, and organizing a newly renovated building. It takes a very strong person to endure the stress that Cacia has endured. Cacia recently lost her personal laptop for a short period of time, which happened to be the day before opening. On that laptop were ALL of the important signs that were needed before move in day. Most people would give up and say “they aren’t important” or “they can wait”, but Cacia spent 3 hours making every single poster again so her staff would be prepared for move in day. Although Cacia has already made an impact as a supervisor, it is also important to recognize her role as a RA. It is obvious that she is not here for free room and board. When presented with a problem, Cacia has always been open-minded and empathetic to both parties. Many times, this is hard to do, but she has made it her mission to treat everyone fairly and to truly care about her staff and residents. In three weeks, Cacia has been more influential to me than anyone has in 19 years. She has not only changed my view of an RA, but she also changed my view on life. Her attitude and work ethic has me striving to be a better RA every day. I truly believe that being an RA is far more than knowing where the Student Affairs building is, it’s about making an impact and encouraging the growth of an individual. I know that I am not the only person who has been influenced by Cacia. A 5th floor resident came up to me and asked me about her. She told me that the way Cacia presented herself and how she treated people was really encouraging. That resident has only known Cacia for 4 days and she has already made a big influence on her college experience. Finally, Cacia has shown her passion for this job. She is constantly creating a community with her floor and reaching out to each of her residents to get to know them on a personal level. Her biggest strength is her natural ability to influence people to be the best version of themselves. Due to her outstanding job performance as a supervisor, and as an RA, Cacia Lyon is more than qualified to be recognized as this month’s OTM winner.

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Date of entry into database: 2013-08-29 00:44:19

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