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11 Selected as New RAs for 2012-13

11 Selected as New RAs for 2012-13(Posted: August 16, 2012)

Eleven students have been named new resident assistants at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith for 2012-13 and are assigned to Sebastian Commons and The Lion's Den residence halls.

"The new RAs will join a returning staff of 11 to create a group of 22 peer mentors and role models that will serve 900 students living on campus," said Beth Eppinger, director of housing and residential life.

The Lion's Den facility houses primarily first-year students, and the Sebastian Commons houses mainly upperclassmen.

"The first big test of an RA is to assist with fall move-in and welcome residents to campus," Eppinger said. "RAs receive 10 days of intensive training before the semester begins, so they are ready for move-in as well as any challenges down the road."

To be an RA, students apply during the spring semester and go through a series of interviews. Eppinger said the new RAs were selected from a pool of 35 qualified applicants.

"RAs are among the top student leaders on campus," she said.

New RAs are:

Alma: Garin Bean and Casandra Bright.

Benton: Madeline Strickland.

Fort Smith: Nathan Depoy and Spencer Hart.

Greenwood: Casey Steward.

Lavaca: Kristen McClure.

Owasso, Okla.: Tyler Parsons.

Poteau, Okla.: Kyle Wilson.

Rogers: Ian Brecht.

Spiro, Okla.: Kelsey Matthews.

Returning RAs who will serve in The Lion's Den are Brittni Cash and Kelly Harrelson both of Bokoshe, Okla., Mohamed Zonfuly of Fort Smith, Hannah McGowan of Rogers, Brad Andrews of Roland, Okla., and Sarah Reeves of Subiaco.

Returning RAs who will serve in the Sebastian Commons are Shana McSweeney of Sugar City, Colo., Rebecca Wheeley of Rogers, Lisa Magallanes of Greenwood, Wade Harris of Haven, Kan., and Austin Baccus of Springdale.

Article by: Candise Montemayor, Public Information Technician
Photo(s) by: Bree Gates, Resident Director

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