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Solutions for Supervising Two Different Staffs

From:  zimdarpc@uwec.edu
Date:  Fri, 22 Sep 2000 15:02:07 -0500


During my last year as a graduate assistant Resident Director at Georgia
Southern University I had two buildings, Brannen and Sanford Halls
(seven RAs total), that had been previously been run separately.
Initially we struggled with the same issues you described when trying to
meet as one staff, so I altered how we met.

I met with the Sanford staff for a half hour to discuss issues related
to Sanford.  Then the Brannen staff would join us to discuss and
disseminate campus-wide information for about an hour.  The Sanford staff
would then leave and I would discuss issues related to Brannen for about
a half hour. Whenever both staffs were together I referred to the group
as "Branford" and by the end of the year the two staffs functioned as

Paul "Flounder" Zimdars
Putnam Hall Director
UW-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54701


Date:  Fri, 22 Sep 2000 12:54:03 -0600
From:  "Michael R. Olson" <Olson@uwyo.edu>

Steven, force rounds, duties, duties together, meetings together, etc.
Make sure that all functions are done with one from each.  Combine
government. Call yourself Smith-Jones Hall or whatever.  Drill it in
sensitively. Stress the sameness and the bigger territory to be
responsible for.  Be clear about your intentions.  Don't mickey mouse
around.  Good luck!

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