Student Development

Mission

The Student Development department exists to promote the development of students’ individual well being and to build community in a Christ-centered environment. Student Development’s specific areas of responsibility include residence halls, campus activities, campus ministries and athletics.

Residence Life Program

The Residence Life staff seeks to serve students and provide a living situation where students’ basic needs are met and where they are challenged to live responsibly with others. The living units within each residence hall are called mods. Nine to 15 people live in a mod. These students share a common bathroom and lounge area. The group is led by a student leader called a resident assistant (RA).

The Hesston College campus community welcomes all students regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, religion or disability. Hesston College is, by design, a diverse campus with persons from across the United States and around the world. The community celebrates this diversity and realizes that differences require each individual to seek understanding and integrity in relationships.

Administration

The Campus Life staff is responsible for managing residence hall life and activities. The dean of students coordinates all residential living policies and provides supervision and training to the resident directors (RDs) and RAs.

The RDs are adult staff who live in separate apartments in the dorms. Each RD supervises a group of RAs. The RD responds to student needs, provides leadership in the residence hall, is available for counseling and conflict resolution, and is involved in campus life as a mentor and role model for students. The RD responds to emergencies and assists the vice president of Student Development and the dean of students with campus security.

The RA is a second-, third- or fourth-year student. Each RA is chosen to provide leadership for a mod. The RA is available to help students move in and get acquainted with other students and the college. RAs serve as a communication link between students and RD; help organize educational, social and recreational events and programs and assist in enforcement of college policies. More complete information describing Student Development is available in the Student Handbook on the Hesston College website.

Catalog 2017-18