Where are they now?

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


AntonioPeeAntonio Pee
2010-2012

Current Position
Associate Director & Leadership Coach
University of Cincinnati

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
My most memorable moments are of working with students one on one through crisis situations.  As a hall director you are involved in most situations from beginning to end.  This has been helpful in my new role to coach those I supervise with through crisis response situations.

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
Allowing Hall Director’s to have autonomy over most of their schedule allowed me to chart my own path and gain experiences in other functions within and outside of the department.  In my current role I work on more strategic functions of the department, having first hand experience in multiple areas has helped me to understand quickly the needs of other departments and how that may translate into working with Residence Education and achieving the overall mission of the university.

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


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Ross Beitzel
2011-2012

Current Position
Development Associate Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Auburn University

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
One of my most memorable moments (because believe me, there are several) was when I first began working at TCU in the summer of 2011. For RA training it had been a tradition to create welcome/introductory videos for the RA’s to get to know the Hall Directors and kick the learning off on a fun note. For one of these videos, several of the guys decided to do a parody on “Field of Dreams.” In order to do this film justice, of course we needed a set and costumes. With TCU being such a relational campus one of our Assistant Directors for Housing and Residence Life put us in touch with the Head Equipment Manager for TCU athletics. Not only did he get us on the field, we also got to dress up in full uniform! Shoes, pads, gloves, Rose Bowl helmets and jerseys, the whole nine yards (no pun intended). I will never forget being in the stadium catching passes, performing tackling drills, and hanging out with my new friends and co-workers, looking forward to all the wonderful memories of my TCU career that were left to come.

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
Working in TCU Housing and Residence Life best prepared me for work in my current role through the amazing team of which I was a part. Each day, with every situation that arose, I was surrounded not only by an incredibly supportive staff, but by 11 other perspectives on how to best do the work. The folks in TCU Housing and Residence Life, at every level, are a group of high achieving, dedicated, passionate, and supportive professionals and it is through our daily conversations, diverse approaches, and unique perspectives that I have been able to grow and learn how to best aid students and work through complex experiences.

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

 


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Megan Witherspoon
2011-2013

Current Position
Assistant Director for Residence Education
University of Arkansas

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
In my two years at TCU, I made more memories than I can count with faculty, students, and especially my fellow HDs. It is incredibly difficult to narrow down so I will list these!

  1. Taste of GrandMarc- quite possibly one of the best programmatic experiences I’ve had thus far in my career! Having an RA staff and several students from all around the world, we wanted to share all these cultures with the GM community. This included a night of homemade food, interesting facts, and flags from the various countries. It was a gift to see so many people celebrating their own cultures while learning about others.
  2. The magical combo of a fated campus visit to OU and the subsequent filming of a dramatized video of this visit for RA training with the hall director staff will always remain one of the best team builders of all time!

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
Since grad school, I’ve known that residence life was an area that really speaks to my heart. I came to TCU after working full time at another institution to gain a very different and unique experience. While TCU provided me with several resume-building, professional opportunities, I think one of the best things it brought me was an array of professional contacts that not only helped shape me for my current position but supported me and helped me grow as a person. In addition to this wonderful group of peers, I was also blessed with a supervisor that is truly a great role model, mentor, and friend. These are the kind of relationships that don’t just affect you for a few years while you are physically together but ones that bridge a lifetime. I will always be thankful for my horned frog family!

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


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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. It’s the skill set TCU taught in fostering collaborative relationships and powerful partnerships that has allowed me to be successful in bringing teams together with a single goal; 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


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Varselles Cummings
2012-2015

 Current Position
Program Advisor – Department of Multicultural Services
Texas A&M University

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
The entire two and a half year experience at TCU will always be one of my most cherished memories. Two moments that stands out to me are: the surprise birthday party the Milton Daniel Hall Crew planned for me. I am a hard person to surprise and they pulled it off! As part of the festivities students in the residence hall wrote on post it notes ways that I had impacted their experience at TCU (I still have them). The other memorable moment is being awarded the Don Mills Aspire, Engage Achieve Award in 2013, receiving the award was great, but hearing what was written in the nomination was a special moment for me.

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
The greatest thing that the leadership team in HRL role modeled was this idea that we’re great, but we can always be better. This prepared me for my current role because it has helped me think more creatively about programs, policies and how to better build meaningful relationships with students. Working on such a large high functioning team, I have become more appreciative of the free flowing exchange of ideas and best practices (which sometimes mean long meetings J). I encourage my student leaders to have that same type of exchange in their organizations.  Additionally, as a Hall Director I had the autonomy to create what my experience looked like. As long as I was thriving in the job I was hired to do, I was encouraged and supported to go after experiences that would enhance my personal and professional development.

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


Holly Beamon
2013-2015

Current Position
Associate Director of Residence Life
University of Alaska Fairbanks

What is your most memorable moment at TCU?
I know there are probably so many, but honestly the one that comes to mind is the time my staff baptized the Wowl (Waits Hall mascot) in Frog Fountain. I seriously was so fortunate and blessed to have the best RAs ever!

How did TCU Housing and Residence Life prepare you for your current role?
As a Hall Director, I was empowered and given so much autonomy in tailoring my experience and community, which allowed me to gain a ton of confidence and working knowledge on what works and what doesn’t. Additionally, the entire KCE philosophy is something that I’ll never forget and utilize on a daily basis.

If you could describe your TCU experience in one word, what would the one word be?
The WOWL (or family, oh and I cannot forget KCE…lol) But, if I need just one… WOWL would definitely be it!!!