Krystal-Gayle O’Neill says she enjoys the way Wesleyan students challenge her “on every front as it keeps me on my toes.”
In this issue of News @ Wesleyan, we speak with Krystal-Gayle O’Neill, an area coordinator in Residential Life. In addition to her role with Res Life, O’Neil leads Dynamic Women at Wesleyan, a group that was created as a way for women or persons who identify as women to come together, talk about various topics, and gather under a common purpose
Q: Krystal-Gayle, when did you join the staff at the Office of Residential Life and where were you working prior to Wesleyan?
A: I joined the Res Life staff in the Summer of 2011. Prior to Wes, I worked in Res Life at The Juilliard School in New York and in campus recreation at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.
Q: As an area coordinator, what areas of student housing do you oversee? Also, where is your office?
A: I oversee the Foss 1-10 residence halls (West College, Nicolson, Hewitt and the program halls).
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Kathleen Roberts, residential operations coordinator, helps students with the technical aspects of living on campus.
Q: Kathleen, in July, you joined the Residential Life staff as the residential operations coordinator. Briefly describe your new role.
A: I oversee all key and access operations.I provide technical support to students. I work with students to help them understand our policies and why they are important. Otherwise I just help where I can in the Residential Life department.
Q: Prior to Res Life, you were working as the administrative assistant for the Center for the Humanities. How long were you there?
A: I was at the Center for a bit longer than two years. The Center is such an amazing place. I’ll miss working so closely with faculty, specifically Professor Jill Morawski, who was director of the Center while I was there. As a student in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program here at Wesleyan, it was a gift to be party to, and at times part of, relevant conversations about such a broad array of studies,
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Alex Cabal, area coordinator for program houses and Nicolson and Hewitt residence halls, stands outside the German House. House members inform the larger Wesleyan community of current events in Germany.
Q: Alex, you are the coordinator for program housing in Residential Life. Please explain what a “program house” is, and who can live in one?
A: In simple terms, a program house is a themed-based living option at Wesleyan. Each house has its own mission statement based on the specific theme/interest (hobbies, lifestyles, languages, cultural, religious) of the house. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to live in program housing.
Q: What would you say are the most well-known program homes on campus? Which are the oldest?
A: Program housing has been a living option for students since the early 90’s although mission themes housing has been at Wesleyan for decades before that. Our well-known program
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Brian Nangle is an area coordinator in Residential Life.
Q: Brian, you are an area coordinator in Residential Life. What housing areas do you oversee on campus?
A: I oversee the Senior Wood Frames, High and Low Rise, and the Washington Street Residence Halls.
Q: What does it mean to be an area coordinator?
A: In general, an area coordinator has an understanding of all that goes on in their residential area and is one bridge between the administration and the needs of the students. This includes the training and supervision of student staff, overseeing the programming that occurs within the area, as well as the adjudication of conduct violations.
Q: You also deal with student judicial issues? Can you cite a general example?
A: It’s different in all of our areas because we deal with different populations of students, but for my area which is generally upperclass students, I see a lot of noise violations and party violations (over 49 people in a house that is not holding a registered party). Occasionally I see students who are being charged with underage drinking as well as other violations of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct.
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Area coodinators Jonathan Connary and Alex Cabal have replaced their plastic trash cans with recyclable containers in Residential Life. (Photo by Intisar Abioto '09)
Trash bins may find themselves down in the dumps, at least around Wesleyan’s campus.
The university is replacing them – one by one – with recyclable containers in attempt to make Wesleyan a “greener” campus community.
“Most everything we throw away at our desks – paper, plastic water bottles and soda cans and cardboard packaging material – is recyclable,” says Jeff Miller, associate director for facilities management. “So why keep a trash can under your desk?”
Miller and other members of Wesleyan’s Recycling and Waste Committee, a subcommittee of Wesleyan’s Sustainable Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES), are spearheading efforts to remove the trash bins from all individual administrative and academic offices.
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Students living in Wesleyan’s program house, ”Earth House,” want to promote the values of eating fresh, healthy foods in Middletown. They had ideas to create a bulk food education program, an easy nutritional cooking class and help 20 local residents obtain fresh foods in their homes.
During a workshop held Sept. 6, the students turned their ideas into a plan of action. Titled “Global Citizenship: Engaging in Local Social Issues with Global Implications,” the day-long event helped Earth House and fellow program houses design realistic programs that could be accomplished during the academic year.
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