August 20, 2013
On an early Saturday morning, nine student leaders from Northampton Community College spent the day putting up scaffolding, pouring cement, building front decks, stacking and cutting wood for Habitat for Humanity at a home in Easton, PA. The day of service on August 17 was the culmination of training that prepared the students for their roles for this academic year as community assistants and mentors for students living in the residence halls. NCC Resident Directors Catherine Rue and Gregory Martin were also put to work with their student staff members. "I think this was a great way for our students to get more connected with the communities we serve," Martin said.
Over the summer, the staff of the Office of Residence Life trained the students on how to provide diverse activities for the residence hall students, maintain a high level of commitment to the residents, and how to make the residents' college experience more successful.
"Residential assistants are a vital link between residence hall students and the college system," Martin explained. "While students have parents and NCC staff to support them, they also need experienced students to serve as mentors. That's where the student staff in the dorms comes in. Their guidance and close contact with the students allows for this type of relationship to develop and helps prevent the students from feeling alone and uncared for."
The student mentors will be busy this Friday, August 23, as 150 new NCC students arrive at the residence hall for move-in day. Returning students will arrive on Saturday.
This year's community assistants and mentors are Hamdy Agha, Shaquille Boyd, An Huynh, Khanh Huynh, Vivian Morales, Josh Moser, Stephanie Perez, Marcus Sands and Jordan Thomas.
Martin expressed special thanks to the Residence Life staff -- Janelle Howey, Bruce Kheler, Catherine Rue, and Wendy Watkins -- for their training and support of the community assistants and mentors.
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