Residence Life announces two new residence coordinators

by Michelle Saport  |   

The Department of Residence Life and University Housing represents the On-Campus Living team. In partnership with students, faculty and the staff of other campus offices, On-Campus Living strives to create a living/learning community environment that promotes respect for a comfortable, safe and diverse population, and supports the cultural, social, intellectual, physical and emotional development of UAA students. We provide active opportunities for residents to become empowered as community members and as evolving individuals who contribute to their own positive living/learning experience.

We are pleased to welcome two new residence coordinators to UAA's on-campus living community this summer: Dion Crommarty and Ryan Hill.

Dion Crommarty has served as residence life coordinator at Penn State University Mont Alto since 2010. Prior to his time there, he worked for residence life at Bloomsburg University for five years. He holds an M.S. with an emphasis in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University, and earned his B.A. in criminal justice. Dion will serve as residence coordinator for both East Hall and the Templewood Apartments, including the following communities:

  • Honors Community: East Hall Students enrolled in the University Honors Program may choose to live with students of similar academic commitment on the "Honors Floor." Activities in this community focus on academics, leadership and community service, and allow students to gain hands-on participation in educational and social programming.
  • Aviation Community and Aviation House: East Hall and Templewood Apartments For aviation majors or students planning to pursue a career in aviation. The Aviation Department, in conjunction with Residence Life, works to provide peer academic mentoring, social and educational programming, and networking with individuals in the aviation profession.
  • Teaching and Learning Community: Located in East Hall, for education majors or students exploring careers in teaching. The College of Education, in partnership with Residence Life, provides a space for students to build relationships with faculty, their peers and other professionals in the field of education through social and academic programming. Students will have the opportunity to be involved with tutoring, study groups, social events, community service and college success courses.

Ryan Hill has served as graduate resident at the University of Georgia since 2011. In addition to his role as graduate resident, he has served as the associate director of business administration for the South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SAACURH). He holds an M.Ed. from the University of Georgia with an emphasis in college student affairs administration, and earned his B.A. in political science and German with a minor in English.

Ryan will serve as residence coordinator for North Hall and the First-Year Experience Program. The First-Year Experience Program is designed for first-year college students under the age of 20, who have completed 20 or fewer college credits. Residents are provided with resources and activities to help them transition to college life, such as: peer support and mentoring, social events, workshops on academic and personal growth, tutoring and study groups, and opportunities for leadership and community service. This program has 18 student staff members (10 peer mentors/eight resident advisors) to assist incoming students with their transition. Individuals participating in this program also enroll in the "Creating Success in College" course (GUID 150), a 3-credit academic class focusing on college survival skills and taught in a classroom conveniently located within the residence halls.

Our new residence coordinators will officially start at the Department of Residence Life July 15. Please join us in welcoming them to UAA and the Anchorage communities.

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