I have kept up with my blog all year, so my artifacts will be in chronological order from Resident Adviser training on the bottom (last page viewed), to the latest artifacts at the top (first page viewed). Thanks!
This bulletin board went along with my program “Support Love” in February. I wanted to support the diversity of people my residents will meet. Diverse love sums it up and I love my bulletin board. I have tried to be more creative for the Spring semester and this is also the first time I painted on my board.
Second Floor Lobby of Smith
17 residents came out to make their very own microwave cake. The recipe:
321 Cake: One box angel food cake mix, one cake mix (flavor of choice), Cool whip, dessert syrup (I did strawberry), mixing bowl, bowls, forks, and measuring spoons. For this I used Styrofoam bowls, which are microwavable.
Directions: Mix angel food cake mix and cake mix (I chose white), add 3 T’s of this cake mix to a bowl, then add 2T’s of water, mix water and cake mix well, and microwave for one minute (Hence 321 Cake). Add cool whip and syrup as desired.
My residents loved this. I instructed them as they made everything and to my surprise I had some residents not measure a tablespoon correctly or wanted to microwave two cakes at once. This taught my residents how to make something really simple in their dorm, if they do not own cake pans or other baking necessities. I also addressed that though we did not have a written recipe, one should never just change a recipe by using heaping tablespoons or cooking two cakes for the same time as it would for one cake, because this can cause big problems if done to a cake baking in the oven. This program was fun and had a great turn out. I would recommend this program be repeated and maybe with other microwavable delicacies in the future.
A little something extra.
Valentine’s Day cards with temporary tattoos.
I had a great reaction to the Valentine’s cards that I passed out to my residents. This was just a little extra work I did in order to support a healthy community on the second floor of Smith. I taped them to each door and in response I had some residents put some cards on my door as well. It feels good to have friends that live around you on the floor, and I know that sometimes a little extra work can make someone’s day.
Advertisement for “Chocolate Tasting” Program.
Second Floor Lobby
About 25 in attendance.
I used personal invitations to attract my residents. This was my best program so far. I had tried this program out my first semester as an RA and also had a great turn out. It attracts those who are not normally willing to come to programs, and the girls who do show up meet their neighbors and sit around talking for about an hour. (This is the invitation I used at the first time I presented this program in Spring 2011).
I would recommend this program to any new RA who would like to get to know their residents, and especially if they say their floor lacks community. Chocolate wins the soul over every time. This can easily be presented with hot chocolate, and Hershey’s chocolate laid out. I had to go cups and napkins and let residents come and hang out or leave if they wanted. I feel that for this program residents should not be required to stay unless games are being presented as well. I however did not present games other than an icebreaker to meet everyone. This program invited my residents as well as others on different floors.
My advertisement that I had printed through Tiger Copy. They came out great and looked quite professional for an RA’s program.
Residents at the University of Memphis, feel free to join us. (shh..cupcakes!) This program had about 30 people attend and residents from other floors and buildings. I actually had non-residents attend because they heard about my program from Facebook. This was a great program and Richard Scott came from Career and Psychological Counseling Center. Rich spoke on the LGBT community on campus and how these people can be discriminated against. He also spoke on ‘Save Zone’ which is to help provide a safe campus for the LGBT community. There was opposing views at my program, but everyone was very respectful and in general everyone supported the idea of having a safe and respectful campus.
The second floor lobby of Smith was packed and had residents standing because of a lack of furniture. I had brought up chairs from the first floor lobby, but I still had some people standing so that they could attend. Richard Scott was a little squished, but over all this was a great program. For refreshments I served fruit punch and cookies. The refreshments were not advertised, and did not contribute to the success of this program.
January 31, 2012
University of Memphis
This is a picture of some of the girls that stayed to the end of the ’ Chocolate Tasting Program”. It had a great turn out and I recommend this to any RA. These were all of my residents. I had residents from other floors show up, but it was my residents that stayed to talk and socialize with me.
As an RA I a required each semester to make door decorations with the residents’ names. For 2011 Fall I made chalk boards, then for Halloween I made pumpkins, and for 2012 Spring I made Mrs. Pacman, which went along with my floor’s theme, “A-chomp-lish your Goals.” I love making door decorations, because I can be as creative as I want. I also did an extra for the Fall, the pumpkin, just to make my residents feel a little special.
Going along with the ‘A-chomp-lish your goals’ theme on my floor for the Spring, I made my bathroom boards dedicated to my residents goals. All semester long these will be up in the restrooms so that residents can look back on their goals. The different colored flowers represent different types of goals, and residents split their own goals up amongst the different colored flowers. This board is also very eye catching with the colors I used and works best with a pen hanging near by a string.
Even though most of my floor does know who I am, I felt like my floor did not really know much about me, other than I was the second floor resident adviser. So for 2012 Spring semester I did an “About Me” board, which listed 7 facts about me:
1> History Major
3> Third Semester RA
4> 21 years old
6> I <3 Oasis
7> RHC secretary
I then added my New Years Resolution, information if they wanted to contact me to talk about anything, and a quick blurb about RHC. I had a little graffiti which I was worried about. This is what prevented me from putting a bigger picture up, but most of the time the board was up it stayed in good shape.
I think an about me board is beneficial and probably should of been done first thing in the Fall when I came into the position. I think the few facts about myself can allow another resident to relate to me, which has already happened. This is a small board, and #5 was seen by so many. I’m engaged this semester. At one of my programs I had a few girls ask me if I was the girl who was engaged on the bulletin board. It started a great conversation.
Here is another example of an informative bulletin board I did in March.
My 2012 Spring theme for the second floor of Smith was “A-chomp-lish your goals”. I had matching door decs and the bathroom bulletin boards coordinated as well. I wanted to be more creative this semester and I feel like I went out of my box of quotes. I usually do not like taking chances of messing things up, but I went all out on this board and everything else on my floor fit in well with the theme. I am really proud of this board and future creative boards will come.
The idea of the board is to follow these basic steps to accomplish one’s goals, by setting a goal, planning how it will be done, and evaluating oneself along the way. This is an idea I personally have been trying to follow, but I hope it has influenced my residents in particular.
This is a sign I put up on the bathroom doors. I noticed last semester some residents allowed men to use the female public restrooms. I put this up as an eye catching sign to get my residents attention. So far no boys have been into the public restrooms this Spring semester. The bathroom doors are also a great way to advertise for programs and a great location for signs. As an RA, I have many signs to put up, and I have learned the bathroom doors are the best way to reach out to my residents. These doors are seen every day and multiple times each day.
Here is my bathroom signs from last Spring, 2011, which I painted.
Civility at the University of Memphis. Residence Life held a civility video competition. I joined in with Rebecca Day, Christina Holloway, and Danielle Williams. This was a fun quick video showing uncivil activity and civil behavior. Hopefully this video wins. It is so cute!
SAACURH Banquet. When there is an occasion to clean up and show off RHC will be there!
The South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, (SAACURH) was a conference six students involved with the Residence Hall Council took to learn how to better our community in the residence halls. This was a two day event, November 4th-6th, and we stayed in a local hotel near the Georgia State University. We participated in, and facilitated, programs while we were there. Though RHC does not pay to be members of SAACURH, we went to decide if we would like to be members in the future.
Hopefully from this experience everyone learned something. For me I learned new advertisement skills, new program ideas, and how other schools’ residence halls function. Learning how other schools function can be beneficial to our own community. Learning knew programs was exciting.
I can see this being beneficial to residents who join RHC, because going to large conferences also teaches you how to respect others schools event though you are competing against them. Also, acting appropriately and supporting your school in a positive manner by the way one acts and cheers.