Katharine Winters '15
Resident Assistants build connections in many ways.
Randolph-Macon College student Katharine Winters ’15 has received
the Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers (VACUHO) Outstanding
Resident Assistant Award. The award was presented at the VACUHO RA conference, which
was held at Ferrum College November 1-3, 2013.
Winters, a sociology major and
history and women’s studies minor,
was selected for this award because of her excellent work, including her exemplary
Randolph-Macon competed for this award against all other colleges and universities
in the state of Virginia. This award displays not only Winters’ dedication, but
it recognizes R-MC’s exceptional Office of Residence
Life and Housing.
Christina Cozart, associate director of Residence Life and Housing, says, “Katharine
is an outstanding leader and she is committed to the RA position. She is very involved
on campus, and always represents the interests of Residence Life and Housing. It
is obvious to all who know her tell that she loves her job and loves interacting
with her students.”
Last year, Winters completed 65 “community builders”—informal programming opportunities—on
her hall. Each month, RAs are required to complete at least five community builders
“Community builders can be activities such as going to events on campus, going places
with residents (movies, the mall, Estes) or even something as simple as watching
TV with them or talking to them for half an hour,” explains Cozart. “RAs are also
encouraged to do educational community builders with residents, such as attending
the activities carnival, Take Back the Night, lectures or career services events.
The purpose of community builders is for RAs to spend time with students and get
to know them—thus strengthening these important relationships.”