Randolph-Macon College student Kaitlyn Allan ’10 was named the
Resident Assistant of the Year by the Virginia Association of College and University
Housing Officers (VACUHO) at their annual conference in November 2009. The VACUHO
Governing Council is comprised of housing and residence life graduate and professional
staff from a dozen Commonwealth institutions.
“The conference brings together RAs from Virginia schools and gives them opportunities
to teach and learn from one another,” says Allan. “I am thrilled to be the recipient
of this award.”
Allan worked as a resident assistant during her sophomore year and currently serves
as a Mentor Resident Assistant (MRA). “I work with a group of eight resident assistants
(RAs) and help them develop their skills and answer questions they have throughout
the year,” she says.
Being in charge of training and staff development this year gave Allan the opportunity
to plan a two-week RA training session, an experience that prompts her to continually
assess RA procedures. “Now I can look for areas where staff may need further training
and help plan appropriate sessions to address those needs,” she says. “I also coordinate
monthly staff development events to help foster a sense of community among RAs.
When you become a resident assistant, you really become part of a close-knit, caring
Allan is appreciative of the people with whom she collaborates in the college’s
Office of Residence Life and Housing (ORLH). “In my three years with ORLH, Christina
Brown, assistant director of resident life and housing, has really challenged me
to grow as a RA and I really appreciate that,” says Allan. “My Randolph-Macon experience
would not be as rewarding without the relationships I’ve formed with everyone who
works in the ORLH.”
Allan, who hails from Midlothian, Virginia, is a French and international studies
major, with minors in history and secondary education.
For more information about R-MC’s Office of Residence Life and Housing, visit http://www.rmc.edu/Offices/residence-life.aspx