The Department of Student Services recently selected the 2014-2015 ASMS Residential Life Support Team (RLST).
“This year we have expanded the RLST program to include more students,” says ASMS President-Elect and Director of Student Services Dr. Monica Motley. “I am most excited about the ideas and activities the new members want to implement for the upcoming year.”
RLSTs are trained listeners and mediators for students on their hall. They assist students in adjusting to life at ASMS and in dealing with roommate conflict. RLSTs help hall staff monitor bathroom duty and plan activities for their hall. They also help promote hall spirit and a sense of harmony and community throughout the dorms.
“The RLSTs play such a crucial role in helping students to transition to our ASMS community,” Motely says. “New students often struggle with issues, such as homesickness. RLSTs help students to develop hall pride and feel connected to the school through a variety of activities.”
The following students were selected for the team:
(Boys) Takreem Aziz, Max Brazelton, Kenneth Davis, Lorenzo Gapud, Patrick Headrick, Kristian Jordan, Matthew Kang, Brandon Pham, Jon Shirley, Daniel Tyler, Kendyl Waddell, and Rohit Yalamati.
(Girls) Reagen Andersen, Kayla Bell, Katie Birchfield, Elizabeth Blewitt, Deja Bryant, Kaylee Cort, Courtney Daniel, Chibuzo Harbor, Leanna Hamilton, Cassidee Jones, Inaya Molina, Joanna Schmidt, Emily Shields, Anna Tankersley, BreAunna Tucker, Dionna Walker, and Averi Warren.
RLST students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and recommendations from the ASMS community. The selection process includes a written application, an individual interview, and a group interview.
Here’s what a few new members had to say about being selected for the team:
Sophomore Raegan Anderson - “I became a RLST member because I wanted to work with the people on my hall and be the person that everyone feels comfortable going to talk to. I want to be able to organize hall events that everyone will like, and I liked the responsibility that comes with being an RLST.”
Sophomore Kenneth Davis – “I am excited to be an RLST because I get to be a part of an important position in our school and I can make a difference for other people’s living experience. To do this means a lot to me since I have a love for helping others. Therefore, this is the perfect job for me.”
Junior Jon Shirley – “I’m excited to be an RLST because it gives me an opportunity to give back to the ASMS community. I can help people while also bringing them together with our hall.”
Junior Katie Birchfield – “I am very excited about being an RLST. They really bring the social side of the campus alive with hall events and turning a hall into a family. It means the world to me to be able to welcome students and help create a family away from home kind of atmosphere.”