Living on Campus Leads to Academic Success
Living on campus is a unique experience for every student as it provides an atmosphere where students will be challenged to grow as they build meaningful relationships with their peers. According to a recent study conducted by the Department of Residence at Iowa State University, students who live on-campus have a higher graduation rate compared to their peers residing off-campus. Along with a higher graduation rate, the study found that living on campus during the first year resulted in a higher return rate and an increased improvement of academic performance.
At Southwestern Christian University, the Housing and Residence Life staff is committed to student development, and our staff is equipped to ensure that all residential students are provided with the optimal learning and living environment during their stay on campus. Our Housing and Residence Life staff consists of a Director of Housing (DOH), Male and Female Resident Directors (RDs), and nine student staff members called,, "Resident Assistants."
Director of Housing/ Male Resident Director
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling – Southwestern Christian University
Prior to his current role as a Director of Housing, Zack spent a year as the Male Resident Director, attended professional development conferences focused on Housing and Resident Life, and expanded his knowledge and understanding of the administrative and logistical aspects involved with housing operations at a small university. Prior to his time in Residence Life Zack served in the billing/business office at Southwestern for 6 years both as a work-study student and later as a full-time Accounting Technician. Zack also served on the Residence Life staff as a Resident Assistant (RA) during his time as a student and uses that experience to relate to the Residence Life staff he supervises, as well as the students living in the residential facilities that he manages on a daily basis. As an alumnus of Southwestern, Zack has witnessed the recent incredible growth of the university first hand, and he is excited to serve both returning and incoming students during their journey at Southwestern.
Fun facts about Zack:
- I have completed the saltine challenge on multiple occasions.
- I took this job, in part, because I was tired of my wife, who teaches in an elementary school, coming home with cooler stories than I came home with.
- I'm widely considered to be the world's okayest boss.
Director of Student Life/ Female Residence Director
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling
Kaylee is the Director of Student Life, as well as the Resident Director. Prior to taking the position as RD, Kaylee served in the Academic Affairs Office for two years. She is very excited to be a Resident Director because she desires to create an encouraging and home-like atmosphere for all residential students in addition to providing fun activities for students across campus. Kaylee served as a Resident Assistant her Junior year at SCU and she remembers how influential this time of her life was and is eager to work with her Res Life staff to create the best campus experience ever.
Fun facts about Kaylee:
1. Kaylee’s favorite animal is a sloth and she got to hold one for her 24th birthday!
2. Kaylee is fluent in quotes from The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and Boy Meets
3. Kaylee and her husband, Jamin, met on a missions trip to Guatemala. The girls had to
have a guy with them while walking around the outdoor shopping center, so Kaylee
grabbed Jamin and called him her “bartering buddy.”
Each residential facility has a student Res Life Staff member in charge of each of its hall. These individuals conduct meetings every month to relay information to the other residents about upcoming announcements for the university. They are a resource for the students in their hall for tasks such as conflict management, unlocking student’s rooms in the event someone gets locked out, maintenance requests, planning fun hall events and much more.
Blake- LLC 3rd Floor
My name is Blake Blackwell. I am from Tuttle Oklahoma. I am a sophomore and I am pursuing a human services degree in criminal justice. My future plan is to become a police officer in the Oklahoma City area after I attend the police academy. I like to help people and I think I will be able to serve God and the community through my job. I currently attend the Life Church in Mustang and I love it there. My hobbies and passions include deer hunting, duck hunting, and fishing. I like to be outdoors anytime I can be.
Fun facts about Blake:
- My favorite color is blue.
- My favorite movie is Lonesome Dove
- Favorite candy bar is Heath.
Rachel- LLC 2nd Floor
Though I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, I grew up in Belgium with my family. SCU was a huge culture shock to me, but I found some of the greatest people in this close-knit university and couldn’t think of going anywhere else for my undergrad in Psychology. While at Southwestern, I ran mid-to-long distance on the track team, worked in the business office, and served as a Residence Assistant for the LLC. In the future, I hope to move back to Europe to continue my education with my Master’s while also doing whatever God wants of me. In the meantime, I truly love getting to be involved with my SCU family and am willing to help any student, staff, and faculty in any way possible.
Fun Facts about Rachel
- As a contestant at SCU's fear factor, I ate two live worms and took it like a champ
- I listen to Justin Timberlake on the daily and I'm a firm supporter of his solo career from NSYNC
- One of my life goals is to fill my passport with stamps from every continent
Katie- LLC 1st Floor
Hellooooo, my name is Katie Bennett and I’m a sophomore here at Southwestern. My siblings have attended SCU since 2012 so it’s always kind of felt like a home away from home. I came to SCU to pursue a psychology degree, but later in life I plan to go dental school and become a pediatric dentist. I love deep talks about Jesus, frozen peas, chapstick, books, animals, and hammocks. SCU has brought me many friendships, and I hope that my position as an RA helps me grow closer to others and have a closer walk with Christ. (ps, I make bomb hot chocolate so if anyone ever wants some hmu).
Fun facts about Katie
- I probably know more about Elvis than Elvis knew about Elvis
- I will win any chocolate eating contest ever (try me)
- My eyes change colors so much my mom doesn’t even know what color they are
Dawson- Bell Center Irving Hall
My name is Dawson Jones, I grew up in and around Dallas, Texas and have lived there my whole life. I loved playing any and all sports as a kid but baseball always stood out to me. I have played baseball ever since I was little and played baseball at Southwestern for two years. I went to high school for a year or two before becoming homeschooled. Being homeschooled those last two years was great because I get to tell people I was the valedictorian. Some of my hobbies include hanging out with anybody who is around, sleeping, eating, watching tv shows, and playing video games. I also love helping other people so if you ever need anything feel free to ask, I’m a yes man for sure.
Fun Facts about Dawson:
- My grandpa owns some crazy animals that he lets roam around his farm. Some of these include lemurs, parrots, and an ostrich
- I am half Dutch and know some of the language as well.
- I was valedictorian in high school.
Savannah - Bell Center Light Hall
My name is Savannah McVay. I am currently a junior at SCU. I am twenty years old and have lived in Oklahoma for most my life. I am working to get my bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in marriage and family. Since my freshman year, I have lived in the Bell Center and consider it my home away from home. I chose to be the RA of the Bell because I was blessed by it's community as well as it's ambiance. I hope to help others continue to build the community experience and form lasting bonds with each other.
Fun Facts about Savannah:
- Animal Lover
Obed- Glass House 2nd Floor
Obed Salazar is a 22 year old music major. Born in Mexico but raised in Belgium, he has visited many parts of the world in different circumstances. He is currently living in OKC as he serves in the Res Life Staff at Southwestern Christian University. He is also involved in other activities in school, notably music. He first learned guitar when he was young and has loved it ever since. One day, Obed hoped to be able to travel the world and play music wherever he goes. He grew up in a Christian home and has always been involved in church. He is currently serving in the SCU Chapel leadership team, as well as being involved in an extra curricular organization called The Awakening which focuses on missions for young people. As a junior, Obed hopes the next 2 years at SCU will be the best for him, as well as for all the people he can help and encourage in his various positions.
Fun facts about Obed:
- I don’t like ice cream because it’s cold on my teeth. Although, that might be a dental condition.
- I have 2 nationalities and I identify with whichever one is most convenient for me at the time asked.
- I enjoy ironing a little too much.
Tommi- Glass House 1st Floor
I am a bluegrass loving, food eating, sleep taking kind of girl. Most importantly, I live to worship and serve the Lord God. He is the ultimate reason of why I am even a student at Southwestern. I am here to get my Bachelor's degree in worship arts, which is basically music and ministry combined. Music is where my heart has been for all of my life, and since 2015, God has placed the call to ministry into my heart. With that comes a lot of responsability. I am thankful to be an RA in the ability to serve others, the school, and the One who truly deserves it all.
Fun Facts about Tommi:
- I am obsessed with succulents
- I like sheep and goats
- I play the fiddle
Ismael- North 2nd Floor
My name is Ismael but I usually go by Ish, isma, Ishma, Ishmael, etc etc etc... I am from Riohacha, Colombia, but came to America about four years ago for high school and college. I am 21 years old and a senior at Southwestern Christian University majoring in International business which I hope to execute here in America. I love God, music, serving, dark colombian coffee and close relationships with people. I am glad of having the opportunity of being an RA for ResLife 18-19, which will be an experience of responsibility, service, and personal growth for me and testimony to others.
Fun Facts about Ismael:
- I don’t care if you mispronounce my name, just make sure it’s close enough
- I can eat lots of sweet yogurt and Hawaiian rolls
- I have never seen a star wars movie in my life
Rachael- North 3rd Floor
My name is Rachael Northrop. I came to Southwestern from North Carolina. I grew up in Georgia but I was born in Illinois. I have two younger sisters and a dog that is more like a sausage. I am studying business administration and psychology for my undergraduate degree. I plan to take this degree and continue my education through graduate school to become a licensed counselor. I developed this passion for psychology and counseling while at SCU, for that, SCU will always have a special place in my heart. I am super excited to see where the Lord takes me with it. I aim to end up using my degrees to minister abroad. I am also super excited to see what this the next year is going to bring as an RA and as my final year at SCU.
Fun facts about Rachael:
- I am a citizen of the United States and Canada.
- I have a desire to travel to all the continents (besides Antarctica). Three down, Three to go!
- Baking and cooking are some of my favorite activities and great ways to relieve stress!