Resident Assistants Develop Social AND Educational Programs

Three Resident Assistants

Over the course of an academic year, Resident Assistants on the Texas campus of Northwood University are expected to plan and execute various programs for campus residents. The spring semester started with three successful programs that meet a wide range of interests.

Programs are divided into two categories – educational and social. Each Resident Assistant is charged with planning one of each type over the course of a semester.

This current semester kicked off with an Xbox tournament on January 21, facilitated by Robby Gutierrez and Ozzie Gutierrez. This social program invited residents to play NCAA Football ‘14 in the Gaubert Student Activities Center. Healthy competition and social interaction were the focus of this program.

On January 29 an educational program was held to demonstrate the health benefits of a smoothie. “Overall, this program was a great opportunity for residents to come together and find out how a smoothie can be a healthy supplement to a college student’s busy on-the-go lifestyle”, said Drake Genna, co-coordinator of the program along with Nicola Jeffries and Brandon Mason.

Sara Frederickson joined Robby Gutierrez and Ozzie Gutierrez to plan Super Bowl Sundaes on February 2. These Resident Assistants provided the necessary ingredients for residents to join them in the Gaubert Student Activities Center and make ice cream sundaes during halftime of the Super Bowl.

Overall, Resident Assistants on the Texas campus will coordinate over 15 programs per semester. Programs this spring will range from an Easter egg hunt and chicken wing cooking competition to campus recycling and cultural awareness.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.