Hall directors provide activities for residents
Friday, December 7, 2007
By Wendy Sanders
and sophomores are finding a more welcoming atmosphere in the dorms.
Hall directors are trying to get students more involved with each other
in new and creative ways.
Jessica Estes and John Oritz have been hall directors for a few years
and experiment with different activities to help students get to know
each other and build relationships.
“A lot of our students come knowing people or being connected at church
or in a social club or in sports, but we have some who don’t really
know anyone yet who are here hanging out, and they can make some
friends and have some positive interaction with people,” Estes said.
April Knapp, a Tinius RA, has been working with the girls for the past
few months trying to get them to branch out and get to know each other.
“I think its a good way to socialize and take time out of the girls
busy schedules to just relax and have some fun and free food,” said
Some of the activities the girls have done in the past include Easter
egg painting, ornament decorating, board game nights, and movie nights.
So far this year, girls have painted pumpkins, held monthly birthday parties and had float nights throughout the dorms.
“Anytime we do a crafty thing in the dorms, the girls love it,” Estes said.
Estes and Oritz said the boys tend to gravitate toward the food and the sports competitions.
Most of the freshmen and sophomore boys attend the monthly activities
when they are volleyball, basketball, football or ultimate frisbee.
The very popular pancake night is also always a large success in both the boys and girls dorms.
Oritz began a competition between Fails and Warlick years ago when he became the hall director for both dorms.
“Each dorm that wins gets the bragging rights for that month. So far
Fails, is winning two to one for the past few years,” Oritz said.
Along with Warlick and Fails’ competition, Jason Harvey, an RA in
Wilson had his own get involved in some sports competition. Wilson held
their own volleyball tournament one night and had a total of six teams
“I think the events help the students at the very least to have a good
time and maybe to get a break from homework and possibly meet someone
new for a change,” said Harvey.
All of the dorm RAs are very involved in the planning and participation of the events occurring in the dorms.
The hall directors typically get together with their RAs and
incorporate suggestions from the other students as to what to do for
their activity for the month.
Many of the RAs are leading devotionals in the dorms and hold regular weekly get-togethers to pray and discuss.
Warlick started a small Bible study on Sunday nights meeting at 11 p.m. called Band of Brothers.
“We support each other, and depend on God, and look through the Bible.
If problems arise, we try to help each other using the Bible. It’s a
good time to get together and pray,” said Oritz.
Autumn Denton works in Gunn Henderson and is involved in one of their bible studies that meets on Thursday evenings.
“The events help us build a stronger bond with so that they feel
comfortable coming and talking to us if they have a problem. Whether it
is a school crisis or a personal one, they are comfortable confiding in
us,” said Denton.