NACURH Winner
Month: March 2018

NACURH, INC.

Residence Life Professional Staff of the Month

School: Truman State University Region: MACURH
Nominee: Gail Barrowclough Nominator: Megan Swingle

On-Campus Population: 2600 Chapter Size: 26

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

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 employees.

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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Date of entry into database: 2018-04-04 20:24:33

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