Month: November 2017


Residence Life Professional Staff of the Month

School: University of Hawai`i at Manoa Region: PACURH
Nominee: Ivy Barefoot Nominator: Susan Hua

On-Campus Population: 3,450 Chapter Size: 34

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

Working in housing and residential life means that one tends to develop skills to be adaptable to changes and to think critically when responding to difficult situations. To do so with poise, grace, and professionalism is a feat. At the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Residence Director (RD) Ivy Barefoot encompasses all of these skills and characteristics and more. It is with enthusiasm that I nominate her for Residential Life Professional Staff Member of the Month.

In her role as the RD, Ivy oversees two communities, which in total houses 520 residents, supervises a graduate assistant, twenty Resident Assistants (RAs), and advises Community Council, among her other usual administrative duties of managing conduct and programming. Ivy is incredibly gifted with relationship building. She is authentic in her interactions, while maintaining an ethic of care. Her ability to lead her team and create ownership and investment in the community is one of her top strengths that leads her to success. In addition to this, Ivy is also extremely hardworking, and puts a lot of effort into ensuring that her community is tight-knit. In particular, on November 10th (Veteran’s Day), Ivy spent her day off on a retreat with her Community Council members. This retreat took place at the beach and consisted of team- building, as well as a celebration of her group’s successes thus far. In total, 20 community council members attended and were able to bond and see the compassion Ivy has for her students.

Throughout the month of November, Ivy dealt with challenges that led to a few staffing changes. In particular on November 17th, the staff suffered a loss of their graduate assistant and an RA. As with any team loss, Ivy ensured that she provided support to her staff members, as well as maintain the morale and positivity while working through the difficulties of being understaffed. Ivy’s constant support and check in of her staff members has helped mend relationships and build cohesion on her team once more.

In conjunction with her RD responsibilities, Ivy is also the Student Staff Selection Committee Chair. In this role, Ivy works with two other paraprofessional staff members, as well as a team of six RAs to review interview questions and facilitate the interview process for RA selection. This year, in transitioning into this role, Ivy made sure to honor the work that had been done previously while re- evaluating the selection process to ensure that it was inclusive of different personalities and skillsets. On November 20th, Ivy successfully facilitated the RA selection for vacancies for the Spring Semester. To make this process easier, Ivy provided cohesive documents and interview notes so that professional staff would be able to make a well-informed decision.

Ivy’s impact as a professional, and as a person, moves beyond our institution. When the professional association for student affairs, NASPA, was in town to host the 2017 NASPA Western Regional Conference from November 4-7, Ivy volunteered to help out with various aspects of conference prep, despite not serving on any of the committees. From helping prepare items for the Silent Auction and running last minute errands to retrieve needed materials, Ivy’s help was much appreciated by the members of the Local Arrangements Committee to ensure that the conference was able to run smoothly. There are many professionals who are outstanding in this field, but I truly believe that Ivy Barefoot is the epitome of what a Residence Director should be. Her contributions to her staff, her coworkers, the department, and the field of student affairs should not go unrecognized. I wholeheartedly nominate her for Professional Staff of the Month.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-12-11 00:57:56

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