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The Resident Assistant (RA) Staff is a group of trained student leaders responsible for facilitating the living-learning experience for our residential student population. They plan activities and programs for house members, counsel students, assist in resolving conflicts, and work to foster a community atmosphere; all of which are conducive to academic success and social interaction. Resident Assistants are the first-line to providing safety and security within the residence halls. Students should feel free to go to their Resident Assistant whenever they have questions, problems or concerns. The Resident Assistant's primary responsibility is to assist students and provide them with the resources needed to be successful members of the Penn State Hazleton community.

The following are the prerequisites for a Resident Assistant:

  • Successful completion of the HI ED 302 course with a B or better. This class is offered every spring. Students are required to attend at least one Resident Assistant information session before admission into this course can be completed.  Info sessions are offered during the fall semester.
  • GPA of 2.40 or better at the time the position starts.
  • No prior disciplinary actions to the level of Contract Review, Disciplinary Probation or higher.
  • A commitment to arrive before all other students for pre-fall training and to remain for all official campus semester and year-end closings.
  • Must be available to work in the evenings and some weekends.

The Resident Assistants for 2014-2015

South Hall

  • Michael Aiello
  • Patrick Henry 
  • Alejandro Herrera             
  • Emily Mazzariello
  • Jahnae Seabrooks

North Hall

  • Demitry Byrd
  • Maya Hamah

West Hall

  • Olisaeloka Olisah

Association of Residence Hall Students (ARHS)

The Association of Residence Hall Students is open to all residence hall students at Penn State Hazleton. The goals of ARHS are to:

  • Promote unity among residence hall students
  • Sponsor educational, social and cultural events
  • Act as a liaison with other University departments and offices
  • Discuss legislation affecting resident students
  • Promote interest in the student government, as well as student programs and services.

ARHS is structured in a way to allow the participation of as many students as possible. Each fall the residence hall areas elect or accept volunteers to represent it in ARHS. Representatives attend ARHS (usually weekly) and Student Government Association (SGA) meetings. Elected officials include the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, all of whom are responsible for planning ARHS meetings and developing year-long strategies designed to enhance the residential living-learning experience.

ARHS often uses committees to accomplish its tasks. These can be ad hoc, such as those to plan and carry out a social event, or standing, such as those that work directly with Housing & Food Services (H&FS) or community service.