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Where Are They Now?

Where are they now?

Hear from past Hall Directors about their experience and how it prepared them for their current role.


Tim Jordan 2015-2019 Current Position Assistant Director of Residential Education Tufts UniversityTim Jordan
2015-2019

Current Position
Assistant Director of Residential Education
Tufts University

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
My favorite moment at TCU was helping lead RA Training. The energy and enthusiasm of our students and staff are second to none, and I loved watching them bond over the course of a couple of weeks in August. Training also was the source of my favorite individual night at TCU, the night we debuted EmpowerTCU. EmpowerTCU gave our staff the stage to share their life lessons with one another. Getting to hear those stories was something I will never forget.

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
TCU HRL prepares its staff for the next level by allowing them a wide variety of opportunities both within their communities and on the departmental level. I served on and chaired multiple departmental and interdepartmental committees, traveled for professional development opportunities, and even went through a leadership academy specifically designed to prepare me for the next step. It’s a “yes” institution that will prioritize your personal and professional development.

If you could describe your TCU experience in one word, what would the one word be?
Relationships


Peyton Lipscomb 2015-2017 Current Position Guidance Counselor Pensacola Catholic HighPeyton Lipscomb
2015-2017

Current Position
Guidance Counselor
Pensacola Catholic High

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
My most memorable moment was the Hall Director retreat. The house we stayed in was interesting, to say the least, and it was a great bonding experience. I also enjoyed getting to see the KCE model’s roots.

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
The biggest way that Housing helped prepare me was through the additional committee work, which helped lay the foundation for the next role I took, which was developing first and second-year experiences at The University of West Florida. My experience with case management and parents has been vital with my new role as a guidance counselor for my alma mater.

If you could describe your TCU experience in one word, what would the one word be?
Community


Jen Saperstein 2013-2018 Current Position Assistant Director of University Housing University of Texas ArlingtonJen Saperstein
2013-2018

Current Position
Assistant Director of University Housing
University of Texas Arlington

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
One of my most memorable moments at TCU was attending my first TCU Tree Lighting. All the Hall Directors met up, and I remember thinking, what’s the big deal about a tree lighting? After arriving and seeing all the fireworks and experiencing the night, TCU’s Tree Lighting became one of my most favorite traditions at TCU.

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
My supervisors were extremely intentional in providing me with skills and opportunities that allowed me to advance as a professional and prepare me for the next role. I realized throughout my time at TCU; I was given a wide variety of skills that could be applied in my current role. Everything I do in my current role I was familiar with due to my experience at TCU. I also feel my Hall Director peers were very high functioning professionals that pushed me to continue to perform to their levels.

If you could describe your TCU experience in one word, what would the one word be?
Influential


Andrew Arvay 2013-2018 Current Position Director of the Office of Care and Civility UNT Health Science CenterAndrew Arvay
2013-2018

Current Position
Director of the Office of Care and Civility
UNT Health Science Center

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
I remember my first HD Retreat as being such a milestone for me personally; it was the time I felt affirmed in my decision to join the HRL family. I was able to have authentic conversations and start quickly building supportive relationships with other HDs to make me feel like I belonged at TCU.

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
Working with a diverse group of students in terms of needs and abilities provided me with a great deal of experience for my current role, where I work with students navigating health issues and personal emergencies regularly. Beyond getting the experience I needed for my current role, I was also able to build partnerships across campus that bolstered my candidacy and effectiveness in my current role and develop close relationships to support me personally.

If you could describe your TCU experience in one word, what would the one word be?
Opportunity


Chris Stone-Sewalish 2007-2008  Current Position Associate Director for Administration of Residence Education and Housing Services Michigan State University

Chris Stone-Sewalish
2007-2008

 Current Position
Associate Director for Administration of Residence Education and Housing Services
Michigan State University

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
It’s tough to pick a single memorable moment! Every day brought something new, exciting, and encouraging. I was fortunate enough to lead our RA Recruitment and Selection team as a collateral assignment. The planning, process, execution, and results stand as one of my most memorable professional experiences. We brought together an energetic team that created a brilliant marketing plan, recruited a diverse group, and planned meaningful interview activities. Even in our mistakes or missteps, we found success and new ways forward. When we went to select, there was no shortage of talent from our student leaders. Seeing that group in RA training for the first time in August was overwhelming; it was proof that we could do anything as a team and build a student staff that was ready, eager, and willing to serve fellow Frogs.

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
TCU taught me what it truly meant to work as a departmental, divisional, and campus team. We did nothing as professionals in a vacuum. It went without saying that we would include everyone and anyone that had a stake in the success of a project, program, or new initiative. The senior leadership on campus and in our department didn’t just talk about collaboration and teamwork; they role modeled successful practice. In my current position, I work directly with a diverse array of campus partners to ensure successful service delivery to our students, faculty, staff, and guests. The skillset TCU taught in fostering collaborative relationships and powerful partnerships has allowed me to successfully bring teams together with a singular goal: to provide the best possible service and experience in our halls, summer conference operations, apartments, and guest housing units. TCU was a safe place to try new things and make smart mistakes while learning and growing from the mentorship of departmental leadership that is really, really, good at what it does on a daily basis.

If you could describe your TCU experience in one word, what would the one word be?
Unparalleled