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The Residence Life staff office is in charge of overseeing and managing all of the residence halls on Transy’s campus.
ResLife, as they are more commonly known, are also responsible for billing and conduct. They keep track of which meal plan every student is on and hold meetings with students when they have broken a rule on campus. For more serious infractions, Dean Covert can also get involved.
Director of Residence Life Kevin Fisher says his main goal is to “make sure every student walks across that stage [at graduation].” He believes the best way to accomplish this is to provide an environment where students can be truly successful.
Fisher says he and the ResLife team, a group of almost 30 students and staff members, make sure students have all of their basic needs met. Fisher added that there are so many more needs of a student than just food and shelter.
ResLife also focuses on safety and belonging. Fisher said that Reslife is constantly trying to foster community by getting students to engage with each other.
He also reminisced about how having freshman move into Forrer Hall was once the best way to achieve those goals. “Forrer built amazing community, but its time was up.” Starting this academic year, freshman were no longer sent to live together in the massive, yet outdated, Forrer Hall. Instead, the class was dispersed among the many other residence halls.
Another of ResLife’s main goals is to educate students about the scary world of “adulting” that they will soon have to enter. They work on this through Green Dot training and alcohol education, and events such as “Adulting 101,” held on September 11th.
This event taught students about “[life] skills you won’t necessarily learn in a classroom,” Fisher explains. The classes focus on skills like how to change a tire and how to find out more about the credit cards that students can sign up for.
Additional future ResLife events will be organized by RAs or announced on TNotes. The ResLife staff offices are located in Forrer Hall’s back lobby. They can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.