St. Mary's College of Maryland

The Residence Life Staff

Resident Assistants (RAs)

RAs are undergraduate students who live on each wing of the traditional residence halls, in six of the suites in Lewis Quadrangle, in five suites and two apartments in Waring Commons, and in five of the townhouses. They provide information about the College and the surrounding community, and support to all residents. These students know and understand SMCM and interpret policies and procedures. RAs are available to mediate roommate conflicts, report maintenance problems, or refer students to resources on and off campus. RAs develop their leadership skills through training and experience.

Resident Assistants also provide social, educational, and cultural programs for their residents. Programs are designed to emulate the qualities set forth in the College Mission Statement and our housing philosophy. Each program is meant to enhance the liberal arts experience and cultivate a living-and-learning environment. Each semester, RAs assess the needs of their residents to provide tailored programming, and each residential area staff also works together to provide opportunities for residents to get to know each other and build a community.

Residence Hall Coordinators (RHCs)

RHCs are upperclass students who manage the day-to-day operations of the residence halls, suites, apartments, and townhouses. The RHCs supervise and support the Resident Assistant staff within a given area. They are also available to help mediate roommate problems, interpret policies, communicate information, create and disseminate a monthly newsletter, and offer perspective. RHCs live in the front apartments in the traditional residence halls (second floor apartment in Calvert Hall). The RHC for Lewis Quadrangle and the RHC for Waring Commons live in apartments in the Commons Buildings (facing the road). The Townhouse Coordinator lives in Northern Crescent 1.

Office Associate II

Monica Armstrong 
Glendening Hall 150
(240) 895 4207
mlarmstrong@smcm.edu

The office associate is responsible for scheduling appointments for the full-time staff, supervises the work-study students assigned to Residence Life, arranges for the airport shuttles at Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks as well as for the opening and closing of the academic year, provides clerical and budgetary support, and works closely with Physical Plant to manage lost keys, etc.  The office associate reports to the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Area Coordinator (AC)

Dan Schell '10 
Glendening Hall 150
(240) 895 4207
djschell@smcm.edu 

The area coordinator is a professional staff member who lives on campus and works with student staff and residents. This full-time staff member coordinates alcohol and drug education efforts as well as staff recognition and appreciation efforts, and assists with staff selection, staff training, and staff evaluations. The area coordinator directly supervises five RHCs. The area coordinator's office is located in Glendening Hall. He is available to provide advising and assistance to students, and he serves as an administrative hearing officer. The area coordinator participates in the on-call professional rotation. He reports to the Assistant Director of Residence Life.

Associate and Assistant Directors of Residence Life

Derek M. Young '02, Associate Director for Housing Operations
Glendening Hall 150
(240) 895 4207
dmyoung@smcm.edu

Matt Jordan, Assistant Director for Recruitment and Development
Glendening Hall 150
(240) 895 4207
mljordan@smcm.edu 

The associate director for housing operations manages facilities-related concerns and coordinates all aspects of our housing operations, including room assignments, key and combination distribution, openings, closings, and room inspections. The associate director assists the associate dean in managing the day-to-day operations in the Office of Residence Life.  The assistant director for staff recruitment and development manages all aspects of the residential education program, including staff training, selection, and recognition, and supervise the area coordinator. The associate and assistant directors report to the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life.

Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Joanne Goldwater
Glendening Hall 150
(240) 895 4207
jagoldwater@smcm.edu

The associate dean is responsible for the overall administration of the residence life program, including long-range planning, budgeting, staff supervision, new program implementation, the emergency on-call professional system, and interpreting policies. The associate dean reports to the Dean of Students.