Month: August 2018


Spotlight of the Month

School: University of Florida Region: SAACURH
Nominee: Sletcher Community Nominator: Anthony Sanchez

On-Campus Population: 9300 Chapter Size: 93

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

“The fire alarm is going off again because team Sletcher is too L.I.T!” These are the words that came to mind as the fire alarm rang for the second night in a row in the Sletcher community. Residents had to evacuate the building in the middle of the night around 2-3am for two nights in a row because of a heat sensor malfunction. Although my staff was trained well in the proper protocol to handle a fire situation, they really stepped up to the challenge when the fire panel would not reset properly. Because the fire panel could not reset properly, the team had to come together and conduct a fire watch where Resident Assistants would have to take shifts and walk the halls every hour until the fire panel was properly reset to ensure residents were safe if I fire did start within the community.

As the Graduate Hall Director for both Sledd and Fletcher hall, I was proud to see my 8 outstanding RAs taking quick action during the fire alarm situation and signing up to assist with fire watches. My RAs and residential community were L.I.T; they showcased exceptional leadership, took initiative, and worked as a team to ensure that residents were safe.

Leadership. “Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” Harold S. Geneen. The Sletcher RA team is comprised of 8 passionate student leaders who conveyed in their attitudes and actions that they were meant to be RAs. When the fire alarm went off each RA assisted in various tasks to manage the situation. RAs assisted in guiding their residents to the proper evacuation locations, kept residents calm throughout the process, and kept a positive attitude throughout the entire situation. In times of crisis residents can be very overwhelmed or upset, however, the RAs took time to connect with residents while they were outside and bonded over mutual lack of sleep.

Initiative. “Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.” -Bo Bennett. When I arrived at the main fire panel, the Sletcher RAs were already delegating responsibilities and jumping straight into addressing the issue. I was beyond proud to see how quickly they were thinking while the fire alarm was going off. When the RAs were informed that they had to participate in a fire watch, they really stepped up and volunteered to take shifts without hesitation. They were adaptable and saw that they were needed in this unique situation even though they were tired. I really appreciate my team for their hard work during this time.

Teamwork. “Teamwork requires some sacrifice up front; people who work as a team have to put the collective needs of the group ahead of their individual interests.” -Patrick Lencioni. I never realized why there was a rule for at least 50% of RAs to be in the area each night until we had to do a fire watch. The Sletcher Resident Assistants had to work together and sacrifice some time and sleep to be able to put the collective needs of the group first; the need for residents to be safe. They were all positive, level headed, and supportive throughout the two nights of fire watches.

Seeing how well my team worked together in times of crisis made me proud and honored to be able to work with them. I know that their residents are incredible appreciative of their efforts. I was able to connect with multiple residents at floor meetings after the fire incidents; were shared laughs about the fire alarms and made the situation positive. It was L.I.T!

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Date of entry into database: 2018-09-08 21:42:24

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