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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Hard Drive. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15280.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Hard Drive. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15280

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Transcript While most UH students commute, a few thousand make the campus their home. Helping to make their home more homey are the Resident Advisors, students who take the time to reach out to their fellow residents and help them through their years in the residence halls. Being an RA is a huge responsibility. RAs are responsible for programs for their residents, as well as maintaining day-to-day order. They make door decorations to greet their residents as they move in, and are responsible for keeping the noise levels down at night. The job is not without its rewards, though. Cathy Wang, a Quadrangle RA, said, "It's like having a small family. Some people do the sorority thing; I did the RA thing." Cheryl Price, who has been an RA in both the Quad and Towers said,"I enjoy interacting with all the different people. When you're an RA, people are always coming to talk to you." Steve Thomas, a Cougar Place RA who started in the Quad said,"The job teaches a lot about time management and people skills. You learn to deal with all different kinds of people." One of the biggest challenges of being an RA is programming. Getting residents to come out of their rooms to attend these functions can often be very difficult. "You might have a great idea and a lot of people will want to go, and then they just don't go. It just makes me work harder to get them there," said Wang. "You always feel better when there are students who go to functions, who have a desire for programming." Programming is especially difficult in Cougar Place, where residents are more isolated from each other. "In Cougar Place, you don't try to get involved in school activities," Thomas said. "Only a few people show up for each function." Price is one of the most successful programmers, occasionally drawing a few hundred to programs like "The Greatest Sex Show on Earth." "If you pick something that they're interested in and advertise it well, people will come," she said. "It's just a matter of finding out what people want and presenting it in a creative manner. 'The Greatest Sex Show' was just your basic education program with drag queens at the end." It's the daily interaction with the residents that really defines what an RA is, and that provides the most stress on RAs. "What gets really stressful is when your residents have really serious problems and they come to you, or they refuse to come to you," Price said. "I treat their problems like they're my own." For a job like this, there has to be some training. According to Sandy Coltharp, assistant director of Residential Life and Housing, the training is extensive and ongoing. A 15-hour class is required before prospective RAs are even allowed to apply. The application process includes two rigorous interviews. Even returning RAs are required to go through a rehire process. "We look for someone who really cares about people, someone who is willing to learn," Coltharp said. "For some of them, other than flipping hamburgers, this is their first job where they have any responsibility. They have to love the job, because they can make more money elsewhere with less responsibility, and they all know it." — by James Geluso 78 Cougar Place Resident Advisor Staff: (L-R) Melinda Santiago, Terry Bridges ( Area Coordinator, Cougar Place), Denece Willits, Steve Thomas, and Thomas Ward. Quadrangle Resident Advisor Staff: (back row) Aaron Masterson, Matthew Honaker, Cheryl Price, Raj Choudary, John Krippel (Assistant Area Coordinator, Quad), Ryan Olsen, (third row) John Williams, Jason Marchand, Michael Whitley, Christina Khalaf, Fadi Bey, Dawn Tezino, Ben Blanco, Sarah Fredricksen, (second row) Gary Gregory I (Assistant Area Coordinator, Quad), Mita Jadav, Karen Masters, Nikki Crudup, Patrizia LaBella, Cathy Wang, Bruce Fulin, (bottom row) Doneda Bennett, Carla Van Leuzen, Stella Emata, Terry 1 Bridges (Area Coordinator, Quad), Eunice 1 Santos, Asim Farooq, David Bacchus, k]Phu Vo. Missing: Kim Chapel and I Darrell Williams Moody Towers Resident Advisor Staff: (back row) David Vuong, Tamika Harrison, Leona McKenzie, Mario Neuhaus, Ed Gutierrez, Kazi Andaleeb, Jim Polomsky, Shishir Khetan, Martha Rodriguez, Tom Nienaber, Charles Pines; (middle row) Eduardo Gonzalez, Zandy Baker (Assistant Area Coordinator, Towers), Leticia Konigsberg, Jason Danvir, Trinity Marschall, Andrea Rowe, Felicia Shelley; (bottom row) Sherry Whelchel (Area Coordinator, Towers), Adora Baca, Ha Bui, Teri Szynskie (on floor), Nicole Levin, Emily Preston, Mackenzie Gibson, Valerie Hinman Raju Adwaney, Jeanna Starnes, Raed El-Hajj