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August 2001 Newsletter

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WELCOME BACK!

o Whether you are just starting to get geared up for a new year, or are working on finishing up the summer term, welcome to Fall 2001!  I hope you are excited for this year, and looking forward to making an impact in the lives of the students you work with!

Make it a great year!

Dan Oltersdorf
ResidentAssistant.com

WELCOME LETTER FROM JOAN SCHMIDT, PRESIDENT OF ACUHO-I

With the upcoming year’s challenges and opportunities in mind, I asked Joan Schmidt, the president of ACUHO-I, to write a welcome letter to you. Read on…

August 2001 - Welcome Back!

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of welcome to you for fall 2001! Can you believe summer is over already?

As president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) I certainly understand and appreciate the very difficult task each of you has undertaken as a paraprofessional staff member in Residence Life. I am confident this year that you will have countless opportunities to make a difference in the lives of residence hall students throughout the world.

Many of you will be the main reason students remain in their hall or apartment, have a wonderful collegiate experience, and may even serve as a lifeline for someone. Whether you are providing them an outlet for their frustration, showing off their grades on your bulletin board, or just smiling as you walk down the hall – you are making a difference and for that I salute you.

Often you are making a difference when you least expect to. Other times you may believe what you are doing has made all the difference, only to find out later that it seemingly had no effect. Fear not! It may be weeks, months or even years later that person may reflect on what happened and realize the difference you made.

The ACUHO-I organization realizes, recognizes and reflects on the difference you make throughout the entire year. We salute you for all that you will do this year and in the future. I am hopeful many of you will consider residence life as a career. It certainly can be a rewarding experience and no two days will ever be the same.

You will notice in future editions of ResidentAssistant.com that many housing professionals will be submitting articles to this excellent website in a section concerning Careers in Housing. Perhaps one of the articles will make a difference to you and will spark an interest in this very worthy profession.

In the meantime, thank you for all you will do this year. Enjoy your time as a residence life staff member. No other job will be as difficult, time consuming or rewarding.

Have a great year!
Joanie Schmidt
ACUHO-I President

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VALUABLE RESOURCES FOR STARTING OFF THE YEAR:

o Bulletin boards – Find a great list of ideas, as well as boards you can download and use as a basis for your own board. (These should just be a foundation for your board… you still need to add your own creative flair!) http://www.residentassistant.com/programming/bulletinboard/

o Door Decorations (Door Tags) – Here is a list of ideas collected off of the listserve and emailed to the site. Have fun seeing what other ideas people have come up with! http://www.residentassistant.com/programming/doortags/

o Use the message boards! – This is a great way for you to interact with other RAs and Professionals all over the world! Be sure to search before you ask a question to see if there is already a thread with that topic. http://www.residentassistant.com/cgi-bin/forums/ikonboard.cgi

o Social Programs – As you have certainly learned in training, the first 6 weeks of the first semester are the most critical time in building community on your floor. The first couple of weeks are especially crucial! Socials are an excellent way to get your residents to know one another. Check out ideas for social programs at http://www.residentassistant.com/programming/social/Default.htm

o First Floor Meeting - For some fun icebreakers and name games for your first floor meeting, visit the games page at: http://www.residentassistant.com/games.htm

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INSPIRATION FOR RESIDENT ASSISTANTS:

o Many of you have obtained copies of “Inspiration for Resident Assistants” since it was first published last July. If you have not yet obtained your copy or copies for your staff, visit http://www.residentassistant.com/inspiration for more information, including samples from the book.   

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SITE CHANGES AND UPDATES:

o Listservs – Because of the closure of ListBot, I had to switch both the RA listserv and the Professionals Listserv over to another service. Hopefully this will not impact you if you are subscribed to either one. If you are having trouble posting to the list, visit topica.com to log into your account. (if you were signed up already, your email address was moved to topica.com)

o Newsletter Update – Some questions have arisen about the status of this newsletter, since it was hosted on the free ListBot server as well. I am moving it to a paid service, so you will experience no break in service. (Just keep on visiting GradSchools.com via the links on the site, which helps with the costs of running the site. Each click through to their site provides important revenue to pay for hosting fees and other costs)

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JOB CENTER! - Find and post jobs in residence life and housing!

I am excited to announce the NEW HigherEdJobs.com-ResidentAssistant.com Job Center! This will be an excellent place to search for jobs, as well as post job openings in residence life and housing. Watch for more information coming soon! http://www.residentassistant.com/jobs 

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COMING SOON – CAREER INFORMATION!

o Career Center 

You will soon find be able to find information about pursuing a career in housing and residence life on the ACUHO-I-ResidentAssistant.com Career Center page. You will find information about careers in this field, as well as valuable information on how to enter this exciting career path!

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CALL FOR NEWSLETTER AND SITE ARTICLES

o With thousands of RAs and professional staff visiting ResidentAssistant.com on a regular basis, it is a great opportunity for you to share your experience and expertise.  If you are interested in writing an article for the website or for the monthly newsletter, please email via the contact page

Thanks for continuing to support this resource by submitting your ideas and information, as well as supporting the sponsors on the site!

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