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Senior resident assistants embody Ursuline's core values

May 03, 2017

Five of Ursuline's eight resident assistants (RAs) are graduating this month and their staff supervisor is beaming with pride at their contributions to the college.

"The RAs are truly one of the reasons I love my work at Ursuline," said Gina DeMart-Kraus, director of residence life. "I get to see them grow and thrive, from timid first-year students to accomplished and confident seniors.”

All five of the graduating RAs have committed themselves to involvement in a variety of campus activities while maintaining grade-point averages well above 3.5.

“The RA Team truly embodies Ursuline’s core values of collaboration, student focus, respect and spirituality,” DeMart-Kraus added. “I get to help foster these values through the work we do in Residence Life, and I get to experience them promoting the core values through programming and interactions with their fellow residents.” 

Consider the following:

  • Abigail (Abby) Collins, a graduating senior from Tallmadge, Ohio, served as an RA for three years and was a member of the bowling team and an Admission tour guide for more than three years. She majored in business management and marketing and minored in public relations. Last summer she interned at Cleveland Clinic.
  • Autumn Hepler, a graduating senior from Butler, Pennsylvania, served as an RA for three years and was a member of the bowling team, a chemistry lab assistant, and a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative. She majored in public relations and minored in chemistry.
  • Sarah Kiefer, a graduating senior from Granger, Indiana, served as an RA for three years, was a member of the inaugural Ursuline lacrosse team and a founding member of the feminist group Women’s Circle. Kiefer majored in psychology and minored in women’s studies while participating in Ursuline’s pre-law program. She will attend University of Dayton School of Law in the fall, after interning this summer with the Catholic Community Fellowship. (Last summer she interned with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office.)
  • Jacob Loughner, a graduating senior from Parma, Ohio, served as an RA for two years and was a member of U-Earth, co-president of the Sister Dorothy Kazel Club for Systemic Change and an Admission tour guide. He went on service learning trips to the Mexican border in Arizona as well as the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. He participated in the Women's March on Washington and presented artwork at the Social Justice Teach-in at Case Western Reserve University. An art therapy major, he will be interning at the Boston Ballet this summer.
  • Sarah Rosso, a graduating senior from Avon, New York, served as an RA for three years, was captain of the track team and an Admission tour guide. She majored in historic preservation and minored in public relations. Last summer she interned at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. This summer she will be interning at the Boston Ballet.

Pretty big shoes to fill, but DeMart-Krause is already looking forward to next year's team. "The graduating seniors will pass along Ursuline’s values and traditions to the four joining the team for 2017-2018. Together, the four newest RA’s and the three returning staff will continue to build community in the residence halls and throughout the Ursuline community."

Returning RAs are:

  • Jessica Hicks, a second-year RA and current third-year student from Combermere, Ontario, who is a member of the cross country and track teams, a national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative, aspiring Olympiad, English major, and editor of Inscape, Ursuline’s fine arts annual.
  • Anna Schumm a second-year RA and current third-year student from Findlay, Ohio, who is president of the Programming Board. A fashion design and merchandising major, she interned last summer at National Safety Apparel and will intern this summer at Winds of Change fashion boutique. One of the first Ursuline students to use the 3-D printer donated to the Fashion Department, she showcased her work at Innovations ’17, the student fashion show.
  • Elyse Pitkin, a first-year RA and current third-year student from Geneva, Ohio, is a member of the Programming Board, an Orientation Team Arrow, co-president for Up Till Dawn and editor of Ursuline’s literary magazine. An English and humanities major with a public relations minor, she has jobs at a winery and a candy store.

The new RAs joining the team are: 

  • Megan Kate Daniels, a second-year nursing major from Westlake, Ohio, who was vice president of Programming Board this year and served on the student committee of the Breen School of Nursing. She was part of Welcome Week and was on the committee for Founder's Week. This summer she will work as a full time nanny and volunteer at a hospice.
  • Lynsey Lambert, a current first-year art therapy student from Magnolia, Ohio.
  • Paris Lee, a current first-year student from Cleveland majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry.
  • Gina Santora, a current second-year student from Cleveland double-majoring in art therapy and psychology. Gina serves as campus activities photographer. This summer she returns to Brooklyn Recreation Center for her third summer as camp counselor.
The tradition continues!

Above, the 2016-17 RAs are, front row from left: Sarah Kiefer, Jessica Hicks, Jake Loughner; back row from left: Autumn Hepler, Abby Collins, Elyse Pitkin, Anna Schumm, and Sarah Rosso.





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