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Resident Assistants


Apply to be a Residence Assistant for 2016-2017!!

Pick up a physical copy of the application and turn it in to Zeke Bandy or Patrick Cooper in the Office of Student Life (third floor of the Campbell College Center) by Wednesday, December 9, 2015. You will also need to have two references, which should be turned in to the Officer of Student Life by Wednesday, December 9, 2015 but can be submitted by the references themselves. 

Student Life will host three Interest Meetings, and if you wish to apply for the RA position you must attend one. The dates for the Interest Meetings are below, and all will be held in the Student Life offices:

Thursday, November 5th, at 11:30am
Tuesday, November 17th, at 4:30pm
Tuesday, December 1st, at 4:30pm

If you are not able to be at any of the Interest Meetings but still wish to apply, please email Zeke Bandy (bandyej@millsaps.edu).


Position Description

The Resident Assistant (RA) is one of 30+ student staff members who share responsibility for the Millsaps Residence Life program. These students work in the College's residence halls under the direct supervision of both the Resident Hall Director (RHD) and the Director of Residence Life. The primary role of the RA is to work with the other members of the residence life staff to facilitate an environment within the residence halls that promotes the educational experience of residential living. The RA articulates to the residents the philosophy and policies of the Office of Student Life and the College and, in turn, represents the needs of the students to the administration.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are members of the Student Life staff and serve as representatives of Millsaps College. In the living communities for which they have responsibilities, RAs serve as an important liaison between students and college staff members, through which college policies and objectives can be interpreted to students and the students' needs can, in turn, be communicated effectively back to the College. RAs should make an effort to be available to their floors/wings/cubes as much as possible throughout the day.


RA Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the opening and closing of residence halls at the beginning and end of each semester, as well as during vacation periods.
  • Greet and assist in the orientation of new and returning residents to residence hall life.
  • Keep bulletin boards up-to-date with important information and College/Residence Life policies
  • Know your residents and be available for them.
  • Create a community among the residents on your hall and within your building.
  • Assist in identifying and pinpointing maintenance and safety concerns in the residence halls.
  • Assist in the supervision of the residence hall during scheduled hours.
  • Enforce College policies.
  • Report and assist in the investigation of incidents of a disciplinary nature.
  • Are knowledgeable of campus services and the procedures for their use.
  • Work closely with the other RAs in your building.
  • Attend weekly RA meetings with the Director of Residence Life and a monthly hall meeting with your RHD.
  • Communicate regularly with the Director of Residence Life.
  • Encourage residents to discuss their concerns, and to the best of their abilities, counsel and advise them on said concerns.

Resident Assistants are students. Because of the dual role of being both a student and an employee, time management is essential component to maintaining sanity as well as balance in life. It is expected that much of the RA's campus time will be spent in the residence halls. Personal contact, outside that of a disciplinary nature, is the best way for a positive relationship to exist between the RA and the residents.


2015-2016 Residence Life Staff 

Residence Hall Resident Assistant Room Number
Bacot Hall Alex Morphew W39
  Sierra Burris N11
  Sarah Hawthorne (RHD) S18
  Mary Parker W18
  Ashley Dederich W28
  Katie Connor E29
  Sara Jo Ridgeway N29
Sanderson Hall Benton Brown (RHD) 308
  Rachel Long 208
  Graham Casey 108
  Alana Nardini 113
Ezelle Hall Rowdy Cosby 215
  Scottie Dennis 325
  Ryan Pacillo 225
  Ken Newburger 305
  Will Brewer (RHD) 113
  Calvin Shaw 103
  Brennan Gagen 125
New South Hall Mary Frances Ivey 226
  Signe Englert 213
  Mary Maxine Burks 113
  Will Harding 302
  Rajan Hanstad (RHD) 329
  Lena Young-Mathis 317
Goodman House Zach Borne (RHD) 208
  Erika Coleman 116
John Hall Nigel Stinson 118
Susanna Hall Leah Travis 114
Charles Hall Katelyn Murray 118
Kappa Sigma House  Alex Foust 4
Kappa Alpha House Sean Connelly 2
Pi Kappa Alpha House Taylor Morris 202