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 in 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 The Director of Housing/Resident Director and nine student staff members called "Resident Assistants."
Director of Student Life and University Housing/ Female Residence Director
Education: Master of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma; Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling, SCU
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:
- Kaylee’s favorite animal is a sloth and she got to hold one for her 24th birthday!
- Kaylee is fluent in quotes from The Office, How I Met Your Mother and Boy Meets World.
- 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.”
Male Resident Director/ Intramurals Director
Education: Bachelors of Science in Sports Management, SWCU.
My name is Jayce Bailey Cravens, I am from Seminole Oklahoma, graduate of Seminole high school class of 2014. I am the youngest of 3 brothers. I attended Seminole State College for 1 year before attending SWCU. During my time at SWCU I played basketball for 4 years and earned a bachelors degree in sports management in the spring of 2019. After my time at SWCU I accepted a job for the OKC Thunder as a Youth Basketball Coach and as the assistant coach at Seminole State for the men’s basketball program. I am excited to be apart of student life here at SWCU and serve as the Men’s Resident Director. During my 4 years as a student at SWCU I built relationships with people that will last a lifetime, I plan to do the same here as the men’s residents director.
- my favorite food is Mac n Cheese, preferably my mother’s.
- I wear a size 15 shoe.
- I love 90s sitcoms. The Fresh Price of Bel-Air, Wayans Bros., Smart Guy, The Jamie Foxx Show, etc.
- Favorite quote to date: “Our example in public of grace and humility to serve Jesus is what is contagious”
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.
Colton Skero - LLC 1st Floor
My name is Colton Skero. I grew up in Conroe, Texas, and I'm a junior here at Southwestern. I grew up playing baseball but ended up coming to Southwestern as a member of the bowling team. I spend pretty much all of my free time bowling or playing videogames. I am a business major with a concentration in accounting. The atmosphere of SCU has definitely made being away from my family easier. I am always happy to help people, so feel free to ask.
Fun facts about Colton:
- My dog's name is Mr. Wiggles, and he loves to eat Starbursts.
- My favorite color is seafoam green.
- I enjoy trying the hottest hot sauces I can find.
Dalton Herrera -LLC 1st Floor Assistant
My name is Dalton Herrera. I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada but moved to Houston, Texas as I got older. I am currently a sophomore here at SCU. I was raised playing as many sports as possible, but my one true love is baseball. I came to SCU to be a part of the baseball team. My main hobbies are baseball, video games, and watching movies with friends. If you are ever looking for me, I am more than likely on the baseball field or playing Spikeball outside of the LLC in the fall. I am pursuing a degree in Human Services, but I want to continue my education after SCU and go to Law School. I have enjoyed every second on campus, and if there is anything you need, feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns.
I am the best NBA2K player on campus.
Chicken Express is better than Canes!
Brasco Van Niekerk - LLC 2nd Floor
My name is Brasco van Niekerk, its okay if you say that wrong, I have heard it all. I come from Johannesburg South Africa and I am a freshman at Southwestern. I attended an all-boys school called Jeppe High school for Boys. I played all the sports I could when I was younger, from cricket and hockey to soccer and rugby, all sports that required a ball. I love to be outside and active at all times. My passion is golf and that is what brought me to Southwestern. I play on the men’s golf team at SWCU and enjoy every second of it. Coming to Southwestern has really helped me spiritually and I have grown tremendously while being here. I have learned so much and am continuously learning. I have met such great people who have helped make being so far away from home that much easier. I enjoy interacting with people and ensuring their journey will be just as amazing as mine has been.
Fun facts about Brasco:
- I love Chick-fil-a.
- My favourite colour is blue.
Alexis Hammond- LLC 3rd Floor
My name is Alexis Hammond! I grew up in Modesto, California— that means I grew up close to the beach, the city, and the mountains. And no, I don’t have a favorite! I have a really big, close family at home and Southwestern has given me a new family in Oklahoma too. I’m studying International Business because I want to open up a coffeehouse ministry in the future! That being said, I am a coffee addict. I love watching movies and hanging out with everyone. I definitely love community and being able to see everyone grow together!
Fun Facts about Alexis:
- I’ve been to ten countries so far but I want to step foot on every continent before I die!
- I’ve been in theatre since I was three months old— so if you think I’m dramatic, you aren’t wrong.
- I’m really good at choosing coffee orders for people, so if you like coffee (or if you don’t) feel free to ask for an idea.
Wade van der Bergh - Glass House/East Dorm 1st Floor
My name is Wade van der Bergh, chances are you won't be able to say it and that's alright. I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I'm currently a sophomore at Southwestern Christian University. My high school was Boksburg High School. Sports have always been a massive part of my life and from the time I could work I was trying different sports and eventually, baseball and swimming were the ones that stuck. My number one passion is definitely baseball and is the main reason for me being at SCU. I have made some amazing friends thus far in my college career and I know that I'm going to make many more and create many lifelong memories.
1. I was once bitten by a lion
2. When I came to Southwestern, it was my first time leaving South Africa
3. I love dogs
Sasha Wilson - Glass House/East Dorm 2nd Floor
Hey guys, my name is Sasha Wilson and I am currently a sophomore at SCU! I came from a small town called Luther and only had 46 people in my graduating class. I am on the track team here at SCU and I love every single second of it, you meet a lot of super cool people and make lifelong friendships! I am very energetic and outgoing, I love meeting new people and making people smile. My current major is Kinesiology which is a fancy term for sports medicine. I have already made such great relationships here at SCU and I am excited that you will too! If I am not in my dorm room, I'm either around campus, at the track, or out eating with my friends!
3 Fun Facts:
1 I absolutely LOVE anything Sunflower
2. My favorite color is yellow
3. I have a cute dog and her name is Poppy
Judah Whitman - North Dorm 2nd Floor
I have lived half of my life in Ohio and Oklahoma, so I claim to be from both. LOL. I first came to SCU because I wanted to play golf and pursue a degree in Pastoral Ministry/Biblical Literature. I love SCU because they have given me a platform to pursue my calling in Jesus and I absolutely love the atmosphere here. Being a campus Student Chaplain is one of my many favorite things to do at SCU and I love being at chapel as well! Traveling around the globe, watching and playing both soccer and golf, playing guitar, singing, hanging with friends, playing darts, watching movies, and drinking lots of coffee are some of my favorite things to do. It is finally my SENIOR year and I am so excited to spend it with my amazing friends.
1. I am a HUGE fan of the soccer team Liverpool FC
2. I remember people's birthdays freakishly well
3. I love COFFEE and I drink at least 2-3 cups of COFFEE a day
Kailei Salinas - North Dorm 3rd Floor
Hey Y’all! My name is Kailei and I am a junior here at Southwestern! Although I grew up in a few cities overseas, I fell in love with the country life here in Oklahoma. I graduated from Bridge Creek in 2018 and I am currently studying Psychology. My dream job is to work in a Psychiatric hospital with adolescents!
I love people, listening to stories, and being a part of a community! That being said, if you ever want to talk I’m usually available, even if I am not; I will always make time!
Cassidey Dewitt - North Dorm 3rd Floor Assistant
My name is Cassidy DeWitt and I grew up in Tuttle, Oklahoma! I will be a junior here at SCU and I am majoring in Early Childhood Education! I graduated high school in 2017 and traveled for a while before coming to SCU! Over the course of 15 months, I lived in Hawaii, Cambodia, and Kansas City, MO. Some of my favorite things to do are painting, getting coffee with friends, and watching movies! I love the community that I have gained here at SCU and can't wait to share that with every student who comes here!
1. My favorite show is New Girl
2. I think the Megalodon species of sharks still exist, even though most scientists will tell you they don't!
3. I am the funniest person I know