January 16, 2009

Housing seeks resident assistants for fall 2009

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- It’s an opportunity for Southern Illinois University Carbondale students to utilize their leadership skills, mentor new students, and earn some great benefits. University Housing is looking for students to serve as Resident Assistants (RAs) beginning with the fall 2009 semester.

Four information sessions will give the details on anything and everything you ever wanted to know about being a resident assistant. Each will include information about the benefits and responsibilities of the position, interview details and an open question and answer forum.

The schedule, with each session set for 8-9 p.m., includes:

• Monday, Jan. 26 -- Grinnell Hall lower level

• Tuesday, Jan. 27-- Lentz Hall Dining Room 5

• Wednesday, Jan. 28 -- Lentz Hall Dining Room 5

• Thursday, Jan. 29 -- Grinnell Hall lower level

You can find applications for the resident assistant positions online at www.housing.siu.edu/jobs/resident-assistant. The completed application packet, including application, resume, cover letter, transcripts and two letters of reference, is due no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in Room 11 at Allen III. Interviews are Feb. 19-20. Those hired must attend training about a week prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

SIUC currently has 157 RAs with one or two per floor, depending upon location, in all University Housing residential facilities. Being an RA is a challenging and yet rewarding campus position.

Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA when applying and have accrued 35 credit hours by the time the fall semester starts. They must be a full-time student registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours while working as an RA and must be in good judicial standing with University Housing and the University.

RAs play a vital role at SIUC, according to Kristy Beights of University Housing Residence Life. They are on call to assist students and also provide academic, citizenship, personal, social and multicultural programs for students. They develop valuable professional tools and skills and enjoy a fully furnished room, a full dining plan, local telephone service, Ethernet and a monthly stipend.

For more information about being a resident assistant at SIUC, visit the Web site at www.housing.siu.edu/jobs/resident-assistant or contact Beights at 618-453-6731.