As representatives for student residential life at Fort Hays State University, two resident hall assistants attended the University Mountain Region (UMR) Association of College University Housing Officers (ACUHO) Housing Conference Nov. 4-6 in Overland Park.
Jennifer Boyce, complex director at FHSU, took Brian Oney, Alma senior and Wiest Hall resident assistant, and Diane Becker, Lenora junior and McMindes Hall resident assistant, with her to the conference.
"Jen wanted Brian and I to come with her because there were so many workshops offered," Becker said. "She wanted to get a better view of everything that was offered."
Becker and Oney each attended several of the different workshops offered through the conference.
"I got lots of information about diverse material," Becker said. "Each topic was very diverse and covered so many aspects of student residential life."
"One of the sessions that I went to was 'Focusing on Student Learning,' " Oney said. "It focused on not only helping the residents learn in the classroom, but also to be educated on dorm behavior."
Oney said that he also attended workshops on time management, career choices, and spirituality in the workplace.
Becker said that she and Oney will pass their information on to the other RAs in Wiest Hall, the men's residence hall, and McMindes Hall, the women's residence hall. She said that this should benefit freshmen and upperclassmen.
"I think that this was very beneficial," Oney said. "It has allowed me to approach my job differently, in that it has changed my mindset on residents so that I can help them to become better citizens."