I am excited to nominate Gail Barrowclough for the Residence Life
Professional Staff Of-The-Month Award for March 2018. Gail is the
Residence Life Secretary at Truman State University. Gail began her
position in October 2017. Since that time, she has dedicated herself
to learning about the culture of the ResLife Department at Truman
State and has made the Secretary position her own. In March 2018,
Gail really shined in several of her work initiatives. |
Professional Staff Hiring – Throughout March 2018, TSU has worked on
bringing several potential Hall Director candidates for open
positions for the upcoming year. Gail has played a supporting role
throughout the entire process. Gail assisted with scheduling
interview days for each candidate, communicating about applicable
interview sessions with staff members, and processing evaluations.
Gail has also participated in interviews, helping to ensure that the
Residence Life Support Staff has a voice in the hiring process.
Microfridge Audits – When Gail began her position, TSU’s microfridge
rental process was in a bit of disarray. Throughout March 2018, Gail
has worked hard to find missing microfridges, create new tracking
documents, and streamline the microfridge rental process for on-
campus students. Gail has also worked to disseminate updated
information regarding microfridges to the Hall Directors. This
information is essential to a successful closing of the semester.
Gail’s work early in the semester will allow each building to close
more seamlessly and has taken a great deal of stress away from other
Housing Renewal – March 2018 has been a busy time for Residence Life
at Truman State University in regards to our Housing Renewal
process. As the first person that most students see when they enter
the Residence Life Central Office, Gail has been asked to field
innumerable questions and concerns about housing renewal. Though
Gail only began her position at Truman a short six months ago, she
ensured that she was well versed in the renewal procedures and
policies. This has made the Housing Renewal process much easier and
more understandable for on- campus students. This year, Truman also
allowed new incoming students to begin choosing their housing for
the 2018-2019 academic year in March 2018. This has made for a busy
time as parents and students have called with many questions. Gail
has handled each question with kindness, grace, and professionalism.
Staff Supervision – As the Residence Life Secretary, Gail oversees 6
student workers who help work the front reception area. Throughout
March 2018, Gail has done a great job of supporting these students
in their roles as Student Workers. Gail ensured that each student
had the pertinent information to field questions from students
either on the phone or stopping by in person. Gail has also worked
to make sure that each staff member is gaining valuable transferable
skills for their future professions. Finally, while keeping a focus
on her current employees, Gail has also dedicated herself to
interviewing and selecting the best student workers possible for the
upcoming school year.
Organizing ResLife Spaces – One of Gail’s final big projects
throughout March 2018 was to reorganize several ResLife spaces. Not
only did Gail reorganize a work room in our Central Office to use
space more efficiently, it is now more readily useable when needed.
Gail has also spent a lot of time reorganizing our storage spaces.
This reorganization has allowed us to rediscover supplies and to
provide more supplies to student programming on campus.
Gail's dedication and positive attitude to several projects are why
I believe she should be the Residence Life Professional Staff Member
of the Month for TSU for March 2018.
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