Being a professional at CMU in Residence Life has been such a wonderful experience. CMU has been such a supportive university. The department is constantly making strides in improving a quality experience not only for its residents and paraprofessional staff, but professional staff as well. I get to interact with students every day and have a dynamic impact on their college experience. Through Residence Life's connected partnerships, I have been fortunate enough to not only gain experience within my role as RHD but also work with Academic Advising and Office of Student Conduct. I have greatly appreciated the professional opportunities CMU has offered me to grow as a professional and put my stamp on the world.
-Bridgette Wynn, RHD since 2014, BS 2009 Central Michigan University, MS 2012 Florida International University
I enjoy working for Residence Life because of the opportunities they provide to grow as a person and a professional, as well as their tremendous support of having a family in the residence hall. Additionally, the department is very open to new ideas and is cutting edge with unique responsibilities such as academic advising, assessment and conferencing opportunities.
-Luanne Goffnett, RHD since 1991, BS, Grand Valley State University, MA 1995 CMU
Working as a part of the Central Michigan University Residence Life staff has been an incredible experience and has given me the ability to have a positive impact on student on a daily basis. This position has provided me with great opportunities for both personal and professional development. We work very closely with a variety of offices across campus and are given the opportunity to get involved in the campus community. Alongside providing professionals in the department with great opportunities for development, Residence Life at CMU is very student focused and I am grateful for the opportunity to work as a part of this department that strives to provide a first class experience for our residents and student leaders.
-Adam Isley, RHD since 2013, BA, Davenport University, MA 2013 Kansas State University
When RHD exit interviews have been conducted, they shared the following responses when asked "What do you see as department strengths?"
- Following up (ADs returning calls and emails)
- Flexibility to make position what you want
- Pretty catering for individual growth
- We get RHD input
- Walk talk with diversity (training, programs)
- Department does care about students
- Counselor in Residence support and focus
- Support of ADs on certain issues
- Seamless relationships with offices
- Family atmosphere-anyone would do anything for each other
- Opportunities because of good relations with other office
- Focus on what´s best for the students (not necessarily parental)
- Up to date feedback and resources
- Different personalities of RHDs together meet students' needs-diversity and knowledge of staff
- People here because they want to be
- People want to stay because they like it
- Protocols and responsibility to responsibility issues
- Visionary and forward thinking
- Good personal and professional communities