Each residence hall has a professional residence hall director, with a special interest and training in residence education. The Residence Hall Director oversees the general day-to-day operations of the hall, supervises the Residence Life Advisors (RLAs), works closely with residents within the hall and Hall Forums to plan programs and activities for the hall, and is available for help with personal problems that may arise throughout the year. The Residence Hall Director lives in the apartment on the main floor of each of the halls in order to be accessible and available. Residence Hall Directors also serve the university in another capacity outside their halls, working in collateral assignments in a number of student-focused departments.
Who We Are
The residence hall staff is comprised of student Residence Life Advisors (RLAs) and professional Residence Hall Directors (RHDs), who are all here to make sure your college experience is the best it can be.
Residence Life Advisors are selected and trained upper class students living in the residence halls who have demonstrated leadership capabilities. RLAs are probably the first Lawrentians you will meet, and they will assist you in getting to know other students and help you begin the adjustment to college life.
RLAs strive to create a positive residential community by assisting fellow students with their academic, social, and emotional needs. A resource to residents, RLAs work to help you establish friendships, feel at home, and find your niche on campus. Through programming and positive role modeling, the RLAs work to foster a safe, comfortable, and welcoming community.
Residence Hall Directors are full-time professional staff members, with college degrees, who manage the overall operation of the halls and serve as valuable resource people. RHDs are responsible for programming and activity planning and are the direct supervisors for student desk staff and RLAs. While working closely with the RLA team to make sure the student community is running smoothly, RHDs also provide on-going general counseling support and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.
Residence hall services range from tangible things such as laundry and movie check-outs to activities designed to enhance your college experience. Each of the seven main residence halls has its own Hall Council, which is responsible for governance of the community and serving as a resource and sounding board for residents, while also planning social activities. Each Hall Council is funded through the hall activity fee and advised by the building RHD. Typical Hall Council activities include trips to the grocery store, barbecues, trips to a variety of restaurants/shops/ice cream parlors, and Timber Rattlers (Appleton's minor league baseball team) games.