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.