By Tori Simons, guest writer
Residence Life has added a new position at Newman University: Residence Life Coordinator.
Alice Jones has been hired to fill this position, which became necessary due to the high number of residents this year.
Last year, there were 305 students living on campus. This year 36 more students were added to that number, making 341 total residents this year.
This increase could be seen as the result of a push for underclassmen to live on campus and juniors and seniors wanting to live in Beata and Fugate halls.
The Residence Life Coordinator will keep 20 office hours during the week. She will mentor resident assistants, be on-call, and help with programs in residence halls. This position will give resident assistants another staff member to help them when needed and she will help to ensure that resident halls are running smoothly.
“I am excited to have another staff member to help work with our Resident Assistants to build community in all four of our residence halls,” Director of Residence Life LeaAnn Knaebel said.
After several interviews Jones, a Wichita native, was chosen. Jones will be living in Merlini Hall this year. She is attending Wichita State University, pursuing a Master’s of Education in counseling in the hopes of becoming a school counselor.
New Hall Resident Assistant Mikala Payne said Jones is a good fit for NU.
“I think she will really help to make residence halls a fun place to live,” she said.
After graduating from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in 2008, Jones moved on to Kansas State University, graduating last May with a degree in family studies and human services, a minor in conflict and trauma therapy and a certification in conflict mediation. While at K-State, Jones was a resident assistant and also a community advocate, worked at the desk and assisted with promoting student development.
Jones loves thrifting and reading books by C.S. Lewis, her favorite author, she said.
Jones said she is looking forward to meeting many students on campus throughout the year.
“I’m most excited to strengthen the sense of community that is already here at Newman, and to support residents and resident assistants in any way that I can,” she said. “At Kansas State, I was presented with so many beautiful opportunities because of my involvement with residence life, and met so many influential people who quickly became my friends, role models, and family support system while I was away from home. It is this dedication that I was shown that makes me so excited for my new role on campus.”