About Residence Life at SMC


Residence Life is an essential element of the Southwestern Michigan College total college-life experience.  Our mission is to foster communities that transform student lives through purposeful and creative programs, practices and services provided in a safe, residential environment.

Student Employment

SMC employs a number of students across campus, and many in the Department of Residence Life. Students may apply to become an RA or front desk assistant. See below for detailed information about each position. Click here to browse all student job openings and to apply.

Resident Assistants

The resident assistant (RA) facilitates the social, academic and personal adjustment of students to the residence hall and college. The RA develops a sense of community among residents as members of a floor, residents of a hall and active participants in the Residence Life system. The RA serves as a positive role model to residents and peer staff members. The RA enforces the rules and policies of Residence Life and the college.

Desk Assistants

The desk assistant (DA) is the first point of contact for students, staff, faculty and visitors seeking assistance for residence hall issues and/or campus information. Desk assistants are under the direct supervision of the residence hall manager for each respective building. The primary duties of the desk assistant are to provide receptionist services and the first–line of emergency response at the 24-hour front desk.

Student Custodians

The student custodian will perform a variety of custodial, groundskeeping and light maintenance work which may include but is not limited to cleaning bathrooms, sweeping, mopping and using vacuum cleaners to clean floors; washing walls, windows and fixtures; emptying trash receptacles and picking up debris; pulling weeds and assisting with room set-up/take-down for college facilities. Other duties may be assigned by the director of residence life or residence hall managers.

Meet the Professional Residence Life Staff

Alyssa Yoxtheimer

Alyssa Yoxtheimer

Residence Hall Manager—McKenzie Hall

Email: ayoxtheimer@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2702


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bluffton University

Master of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership, Grand Valley State University

About Alyssa

Before coming to SMC, Alyssa worked at Grand Valley State University as a graduate assistant in Alcohol Campus Education Services. She also served as an undergraduate hall director at Bluffton University where she received her bachelor’s degree. Alyssa enjoys listening to music and being outdoors. She looks forward to getting to know students and building community within Southwestern Michigan College’s residence halls.

Jaycee Kusko

Jaycee Kusko

Residence Hall Manager—Jerdon Hall

Email: jkusko@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2802


Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, McKendree University

About Jaycee

Prior to coming to SMC, Jaycee worked as a residence hall director for the University of Wisconsin Platteville Richland system as well as a resident assistant for McKendree University, where she recently graduated with her bachelor's degree. She also held a job in technical theatre for the entirety of her undergraduate years. She looks forward to working with students and getting to know them.

Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos

Residence Hall Manager—White Hall

Email: jramoslopez@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2902


Associate in Arts in Business, Southwestern Michigan College
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Bethel College

About Jorge

Jorge has been with SMC since he became a student in 2012. Prior to earning his degree, he worked on campus as a resident assistant and then in the business office. He joined SMC as a full-time employee when he became an admissions advisor and testing technician. He later served as a First Year Advisor in the Student Service Center before becoming the RHM for White Hall.

Jorge enjoys being outside and spending time with family. He plans to work in higher education for a long time and looks forward to working with students and helping them obtain positive experiences in the residence halls.

Jeff Hooks

Jeff Hooks

Executive Director of Campus Life

Email: jhooks@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2159


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Mississippi State University
Master of Public Policy and Administration, Mississippi State University

About Jeff

Jeff Hooks is originally from Grenada, Mississippi and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University. He is currently completing his doctorate in community college leadership at Ferris State University. He has worked in student housing for 14 years at institutions in Mississippi, Tennessee, New York and Virginia. Jeff is very competitive and can’t wait for the Battle of the Buildings competition. In his spare time, he enjoys board games and is always on the lookout for a game of Spades.

Meet the Resident Assistants

Alejandra Torres

Hey! My name is Alejandra Torres, and this will be my second year at SMC. I am currently enrolled at SMC to get my associate degree in early childhood education. I plan to transfer to a university when I am done, but I am undecided on which one. I plan to become a preschool teacher when I am done with my degree.

A little about myself: I graduated/am from Hartford, Michigan. My hobbies include cheering, listening to music, dancing and hanging out with friends. As an RA, I look forward to meeting everyone! I am always here if anyone needs someone to talk to. Let’s have a great year!

Cameron Victor

My name is Cameron Victor, and I am from Coldwater, MI. I am currently enrolled in the MSU agricultural technology program to study agribusiness. With this degree I plan to one day start a career in crop insurance or deal in ag-based financing. If you can't find me on campus, usually I'm working on a project in the greenhouse or traveling the state with Collegiate Farm Bureau. As a RA, I look forward to seeing everyone grow and get closer to their dreams.

Carly Kolean

Hey everyone! My name is Carly, and this is my second year attending SMC. I am so incredibly excited to be a RA for some amazing students this year. I am from a small town called Middleville and graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School. Some of my many interests include traveling, bowling, swimming, music, dance, makeup/art and hanging out with my friends. Some fun facts about me include that I play the clarinet/participated in color guard and anyone could tell you I’m in love with sunflowers and the color yellow.

I am majoring in business and plan on sticking with my associate degree to help me land a job while deciding where to go from there. I have many passions, so I love taking life day by day to see what I may want to establish for myself going forward. I have to say one of the many things that drew me to this small college is that it felt like home, and I enjoy how close people are to one another. I’m hoping I can establish a great relationship with each one of you, and I’m looking forward to a great year with you all!

Coralynn Hellenthal

My name is Coralynn Hellenthal. I am from Holland, Michigan. This is my second year at SMC, and I'm working towards an Associate in Arts Criminal Justice. After I graduate, I plan on transferring to Ferris State University for a bachelor's in forensic science. My career goal is to become a crime scene investigator. I enjoy running, going to the gym, playing music (violin, viola) and art.

As a RA I enjoy getting to meet so many different people and having the chance to bond with residents throughout the year. My goal is to be a RA students feel comfortable talking to if they need and someone that makes a positive impact in their lives.

Dani Baquero

Hey all! My name is Dani, and I’m from California. I’m currently a nursing student and plan on getting my BSN at IUSB.

A little about me: I love watercolor painting, music, watching movies and hanging out with friends. I’m so excited to be a RA and am looking forward to all the new experiences. Let’s have a great year y’all!

Darrian Ellsworth

Hi! My name is Darrian Ellsworth, and I am originally from Elkhart, Indiana. As of last year, I moved to Michigan to attend SMC. I am majoring in the field of psychology, but I am also interested in the field of business, as I have hopes of opening and running my own clinic. My plans after SMC are to transfer to either Michigan State University or Indiana University. My hobbies include singing, dancing and hanging out with friends.

As a RA for the 2019-2020 school year, I look forward to meeting all of the new residents and seeing the returning ones as well! I hope to be someone that all residents feel comfortable coming to and confiding in whenever needed. Let’s have a fun and wonderful year!

John Monnin

Hey guys, I'm John, and I am one of the new RAs for Spring. I am from Granger, Indiana, and I went to Penn High School. This is my second year at SMC and my final semester. I have been in White Hall my entire time here at SMC, and I am happy to be a RA here for my last semester. I am a computer science major transferring to Western Michigan University in the fall.

Some of my interests are games—any kind of games, from console, computer, tabletop to card games. I am also president of the SMC eSports Club, so if you have an interest in that feel free to let me know. If you don't know how to talk to me or are worried about small talk, lead with that, and I'm sure we'll find something in common. I have an ESA ferret named Sven. Feel free to ask to see him; he loves meeting new people. I love animals, especially dogs. I have three dogs back at home and two more ferrets back at home as well. As a RA, I am looking forward to getting to know my residents on a more personal level, and I want all of the residents to feel safe and comfortable talking to me. Let's make it a great semester!

Kharee Kimber

Hello, all. My name is Kharee Kimber. I was born in Detroit Michigan, but my home town is Romulus, Michigan. I will be getting a general Associate in Arts degree from SMC, but I will be studying interior design in the future. I'm a second-year student at SMC and excited to be a Resident Assistant. What I look forward to in the upcoming semester is meeting new people, making their college experience the best I can, impacting their lives and having a lot of fun and a wonderful year.

Lillian Montgomery

Hello, my name is Lillian! I graduated from Edwardsburg High School and this will be my second year here at SMC. I am currently working on an associate in visual arts. I enjoy movies, drawing/painting and video games. I am excited to get to know you all better!