This past semester, the Resident Advisors of Harshman Chapman/Dunbar had many goals both for themselves and as a team. Most importantly, there was a focus on success as individuals, as a team, and to spread motivation and the same drive to the residents of HCD. Using many components of their community, including the Community Development Plan, Community Contracts, and accountability from their peers, the staff not only succeeded in helping their residents earn high marks, but the staff posted the highest Resident Advisor Staff GPA on campus for the Fall 2009 semester.
The Community Development Plan provided opportunities for the Resident Advisors to host a variety of programs that focused on academics and relationship building. On a hall-wide level, they hosted study tables and peer tutoring. Coordinated by HCD RAs Caitlin Griscom, Jon Fluegemann, and Mark Hoffman, the Resident Advisors offered academic support to residents in a variety of subject areas. The most exciting part was that the Resident Advisors utilized their own knowledge and areas of study to be the tutors. They also participated in the study tables themselves, which set a strong example for the community regarding the importance of putting academics high on the priority list. Beyond the programming, each community generated a Community Contract in the early weeks of the fall semester. Most of the communities set a GPA goal which the Resident Advisors both contributed to, and needed to be the role model for, when showing others how the community would reach the goal. The other item the HCD Staff really put a priority on was holding each another accountable for their academics. While they knew how to hold each other accountable, they also took time with their residents to teach them how to communicate with one another and hold each other accountable on the floor. Congratulations to the HCD Staff for their hard work and the time put into helping the staff and residents continue to be strong students at BGSU.