August 07, 2012 12:00AM
Few people are anticipating the return of the students to the Pittsburg State University campus more than the 50 resident assistants (RAs) who will oversee the 1,200 students in the university’s six residence halls.
The RAs are in the midst of an extensive training regimen that will conclude just in time for Move-In Day on Saturday, Aug. 18. Each day until the students arrive, the RAs attend sessions that range from conflict and mediation, to wellness and role modeling. University Housing officials say the extensive training is a reflection of the important role the RAs play in making residence hall life safe and fun.
“The RAs are an integral part of the University Housing team,” said Connie Malle, director of University Housing. “Because they live and interact daily with the students in the residence halls, they have a tremendous impact on each student’s experience at Pittsburg State.”
The RAs, Malle said, come to know each student personally and they must be sensitive to each student’s unique needs. Sometimes RAs have to help resolve conflicts or overcome problems. More often, Malle said, the RAs work to build a sense of community among the students, who are very likely to be away from home for the first time in their lives.
Malle said RAs are chosen carefully and extensively trained for their responsibilities. They are assigned floors that range in population from 15 to 40 students.
“We’re very proud of the RAs and the work they do,” Malle said. “They are a big reason that so many students find PSU a great place to live and learn.”