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FC: JST STAFF 2012-2013 | Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. -Harold S. Geneen Read more at | Life as an SRA

1: Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. -Harold S. Geneen

2: Leadership | Top Leadership Goals: 1. Be as much of a resource as I can for professional staff, student staff and residents of JST. 2. Nurture and mentor staff members and residents. 3. Simplify and innovate certain housing processes. 4. Balance a relationship-oriented and task-oriented approach.

3: BE AS MUCH OF A RESOURCE AS POSSIBLE | I started and maintained a resource binder for the student staff members, with different theft prevention tools, Campus Resources, scholarships available, etc..

4: I suggested and the KST leadership team implemented the policy of Senior Student Staff doing biweekly Staff Development during staff meetings. Topics included preventing vandalism in your community, the returner process and customer service. | BE AS MUCH OF A RESOURCE AS POSSIBLE

5: Putting together emails for residents of JST regarding Campus Resources, academic topics and how to make use of their time in Campus Housing and sent them to the JST staff to send out.

6: THE WORKS | I would create floor meeting agendas, signage for common areas and bulletin boards for opening/closing. | ____________________________________________________________ | BE AS MUCH OF A RESOURCE AS POSSIBLE

7: BE AS MUCH OF A RESOURCE AS POSSIBLE | STAFF | I also made interactive posters to passive program for my staff.

9: BE AS MUCH OF A RESOURCE AS POSSIBLE | I create a monthly newsletter (JST Journal) for residents which features 1. Advice 2. Passive programming 3. Info about programs 4. Introducing faculty members and housing staff members to JST residents. 5. Academic advice 6. Resident literary section 7. Hall Council/ RHA/ NRHH Hub | JST Journal

10: SIMPLIFY AND INNOVATE | I implemented the duty switch binder - To stop confusion, we used a binder to record any switches staff members would make

11: Duty Scheduling - I changed the way we schedules break break and regular semester duty in a way that all staff members have equal days of duty.

12: I did a monthly duty issues presentation - where I analyzed the trends occurring in the building.

13: I worked to increase RA accountability when doing rounds by implementing Interaction Logs for rounds.

14: I analyzed staff challenges during first semester, which lead to changes in spring semester to resolve these challenges. -Weekly RA/PM meeting -Mandatory study lounge office hours -Requirement: attend at least one Hall Council and a different staff member's program at lease once a month -Monthly reflection on job performance

15: I gave immediate email feedback on all program proposals, evaluations, biweeklies and giving staff members biweekly goals to strive for. | Feedback

16: I co-advised Hall Council and assist in developing E-board agendas.

17: NURTURE AND MENTOR THE STAFF AND STUDENT LEADERS | One of my goals was to visit at least 5 different staff members' office hours each week.

18: Administration | My expectations for staff.

19: I attempted to balance a task-oriented leadership style with staff along with relationship oriented leadership . | I made sure to put cards in 4 or 5 staff members mailboxes each week, recognizing them for something they have done well.

20: This year, I served as the Assistant Director for Service Initiatives for National Residence Hall Honorary. | support for campus housing organizations

21: Last semester, I took on an increased leadership role along with SPM Tina Cruz and in certain situations was the point person for RA staff when the JST C/D RD was not in the building.

22: Community Development | Programming for staff: Put on at least one program a month for staff to increase staff bonds. | August: Spoon Assassins September: Devon Night Outing October: Girls (and Guys Night) November: RHA Fall Ball December: Finals Dessert Stress Relief December: Closing Day Breakfast January: Cotton Candy Movie Party January: Birthday Outing

23: SPOON ASSASSINS | Spoon Assassins: Assign everyone on staff another staff member to be their target so that they start to get acquainted with one another.

24: SEPTEMBER: DEVON NIGHT OUTING | I invited staff to go out to eat at Devon Avenue with me for my birthday!!

25: Relax with JST staff members during midterms and have a fun dinner at the Cheesecake Cafeteria while looking fancy. | oCTOBER: GIRLS (AND GUYS) NIGHT

26: November: RHA Fall Ball For this program, I encouraged staff members to support RHA while having a good time with staff.

27: UNWIND | Staff members unwound as Christina and I made cookies and cake for staff during finals week. | ____________________________________________________________ | DECEMBER: FINALS DESSERT STRESS RELIEF

28: DECEMBER: CLOSING BREAKFAST | Provide staff members breakfast during the Saturday of Winter Closing so that they begin their Closing Day well.

29: The Friday of training, JST staff members made a cake and went to Coldstone to celebrate the birthday of RA Jeff Lullo. | January: Birthday Outing

30: The Thursday of training, I teamed up with another staff member to throw a cotton candy party where we made homemade Jolly Rancher cotton candy and watched Pitch Perfect. | January: cotton candy party

31: I worked with SPM Christina to put on a Game Night/Transfer Student Social. | Transfer Student Social

32: STAFF COMMITTEES | To increase staff investment in the staff team, Recognition and Social Committees were created by the JST Leadership team. Recognition committees included the Birthday, Door Dec of the Month and Bulletin Board of the month committees. Social committees were split up into different months and they would plan a social event for the staff each month. I overlook the Social Committees. | October Staff Social: Staff Dance Party! | November Staff Social: Bears Game and Presidential Debate! | December Staff Social: Potluck and Secret Santa!

33: The JST Leadership team instituted weekly Monday Staff Dinners for staff.

34: The leadership team encouraged staff recognition of one another with Picture Perfect Person where a staff member who had received the PPP frame the past week gives it to another staff member who has gone above and beyond at the next staff meeting.

35: Received two OTM Awards and one Honorable Mention for Senior Student Staff of the Month. | Recognition

36: Oversee the creation of community standards for staff each semester. | SPRING STANDARDS -Be responsive -No Gossip -Keep it real -Have staff numbers in phone -Support each other -Be understanding -Be consistent and clarify things you don't know -Share what you can -Share supplies -Be comfortable asking for help (use your support) -Keep a united front -Respect differences -Make a staff T-shirt -Respect the staff group text

37: NURTURE AND MENTOR THE STAFF AND STUDENT LEADERS | Attend as many staff programs as I can to show my support for staff, including FIR programs.

38: NETWORKING: Planned events for Senior Student Staff so we can network and discuss the similar situations we are put in.

39: Plan for the Future | -Being more professional in regards to confidentiality - Don't compare the current year to the past year in terms of staff relationships and abilities. - Boundaries: have more distinctly defined boundaries between myself as the "adviser" and the other staff members as my "advisees". -Communication: when RD or my supervisor is not there, seek the support of other professional staff members. -Have more intentional programming during Fall training for the staff, -Create a Google Calendar for the building that I work in to better organize the building's events. -Plan more building wide programs -Have more passive programming for the residents: more bulletin boards, signs and infographics.

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