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Letter Home, Fall 2008
Questions or Concerns about Residential Life?
Senior Residents and Resident Assistants at St. John's help to promote a civil and safe community outside the classroom. The Assistant Dean's office, however, is the place for parents to call with questions or concerns.
RAs are students who live in the dormitories. They are responsible for promoting a cooperative atmosphere among the residents of their halls. They advise students about some matters of life at the college and refer them to faculty or staff members who can help them with more complicated issues. In general, one RA is assigned to each floor. (Large floors may have two; small floors may share an RA between two floors.) RAs meet regularly as a group with the Director of Student Services, Assistant Dean, and one of the college counselors, and often seek their advice individually.
Senior Residents are adults who live on campus. All are employed in "day jobs" that are independent of their roles as Senior Residents. Often, they are recent graduates of the college or are enrolled in the Graduate Institute. On a rotating schedule, senior residents share the responsibility for supervising parties at which alcohol is served. They also rotate the duty to be on call for help with serious problems. In addition, they serve in a capacity similar to that of RAs when they are available. They all take an interest in the students and act informally as adult listeners.
Each Senior Resident has particular responsibilities in addition to these shared roles. Crystal Ebert serves as Student Activities Coordinator, arranging trips to museums, baseball games, concerts, and plays. Chris Krueger is the college's Volunteer Services Coordinator, helping students organize volunteer activities and work with the local community. Rachael Boyce and Joseph Keating work together to offer outdoor activities such as ski and camping trips and shorter excursions to state parks or indoor rock climbing facilities. Donald Stone takes care of Arcadia, the official College Canine. Crystal, Chris, and Rachael live in apartments in the dormitories; Joseph and Donald live in apartments above the Health Center.
Please keep the RAs and Senior Residents in mind when you are talking with your son or daughter and suggest that they consult with them about campus life issues. Parents, however, should not contact RAs and senior residents directly. Instead, please call or e-mail either Ms. Taylor Waters, the Director of Student Services, or Mrs. Anita Kronsberg, the Assistant Dean. In addition, Mrs. Kronsberg is on call at all times and can be reached outside office hours by contacting a Public Safety Officer.
· Public Safety (24 hours): 443-336-2348
· Taylor Waters, Director of Student Services: 410-626-2512; email@example.com
· Anita L. Kronsberg, Assistant Dean: 410-626-2512, firstname.lastname@example.org