During the month of February, Senior Resident Advisor, Chris Rarick,
has gone above and beyond in his role to support the community. Chris
has run a staff meeting in my absence, provided programming far beyond
the stated requirements, supported a new staff member’s onboarding
process, helped with duty processes, and excelled academically. |
First, Chris conducted an incredibly successful staff meeting in my
absence. This required Chris to meet with me and discuss staff meeting
topics, create team builder options for the staff, and co-facilitate
the meeting with another Resident Advisor. Chris met with me the week
prior to the meeting to discuss the requirements. During our meeting,
Chris provided feedback on the topics we were going to cover and
started brainstorming some team building ideas. During the staff
meeting, Chris was able to convey his knowledge, provide advice to RAs,
and have some fun. When I am gone in the future, I fully trust that
Chris will be able to run any and all staff meetings.
Second, Chris has provided far more programming than required in his
position. Chris holds bi-weekly traditions with his residents. They
enjoy spending time with Chris, watching movies, and getting to know
each other. Chris also continues his tradition from last semester and
plays an ongoing game of Dungeons and Dragons with the residents who
are interested. He acts as dungeon master; supporting players, teaching
rules, and helping the game run smoothly. Chris also worked with a team
of resident advisors in his building to host a successful mindfulness
program for his building. The event was well attended and many
residents learned something new. When not hosting programs, Chris is
sure to support as many other RAs as possible. He attends other RA
traditions, supported another building through their mindfulness
program, and attends Area Council programs and meetings as often as
Third, Chris also helped support a new, mid-semester hire, RA through
the onboarding process in February. Chris did this by filling in gaps
of knowledge, showing the new RA how to use all electronic platforms,
facilitating duty switches with other RAs, doing extra duty and desk
shifts with the new RA, and teaching the new RA how to do rounds. The
new RA was ready to complete duty weekends far sooner than anticipated
because of Chris’ great teaching. Along with work expectations, Chris
made the new RA feel welcome on the team. Chris attended events with
the new RA outside of responsibilities, got to know the RA personally,
and made them feel included and important as an individual.
Lastly, Chris has excelled academically throughout the month of
February. Chris completed a smart home study from start to finish. He
studied everything from ease of use to packaging to functionality.
Chris studied his subjects, took detailed notes, and wrote an excellent
report. Chris’ report was even published in the school newspaper!
Throughout February, Chris completed other reports regarding the
functionality of campus, published a second article in the newspaper,
and continued to learn in the classroom.
Chris’ dedication to both his classwork and his SRA role is astounding.
Throughout February, I have been beyond impressed with Chris’ work and
I am looking forward to seeing all that he accomplished throughout the
remainder of the semester.
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