About Housing


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.



Alex Fiks, Residence Hall Manager-White Hall

Email: afiks@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2902

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Portland State University; Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan State University

About Alex

Alex Fiks was raised in Oregon, where he received his bachelor of arts degree from Portland State University. Alex left Oregon to attend graduate school at Eastern Michigan University where he earned a master of arts degree. Before working at SMC, Alex worked for a number of years in student housing at Ferris State University, McKendree University, and University of Connecticut. In his spare time, Alex designs board games and enjoys trivia.


Adrian Leversen, Residence Hall Manager-Jerdon Hall

Email: aleversen@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2802

Education: Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration, Saint Xavier University

About Adrian

Adrian is originally from Dowagiac, Michigan. He attended Saint Xavier University and received both a bachelor of arts and later a master of business administration. During his graduate career, Adrian worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Residence Life. Adrian loves to play just about any sort of game, workout, and is always up to hear a good joke or two!


Jeff Hooks, Executive Director of Campus Life

Email: jhooks@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2159

Education: 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.


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Meet the Resident Assistants

  • 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.

  • Katie Thurston

    Hi guys! I’m Kathryn, but you can call me Katie. I’m from Kalamazoo, and I have three older brothers, including my twin brother, Ben, who also attends SMC. I graduated from Mattawan High School in 2019. I am majoring in health sciences and hoping to become a registered nurse in my future.

    I love watching medical dramas, and I love all types of music. My hobbies include hanging out with my friends, going out to eat, painting, and binge-watching Netflix when I can. I also work in White Hall’s front desk so if you see me don’t be scared to say hi. I love meeting new people and am an ally for anyone who needs me. I’m really excited to start off the fall semester with new faces!

  • Morgan Hoard

    My name is Morgan Hoard; I am from Coldwater, Michigan but graduated from Bronson High School. This is my second year at SMC. I am currently majoring in accounting and will be enrolling in the Ferris State University program here at SMC to receive my bachelor’s degree. My goal after college is to become a financial advisor. My hobbies include playing tennis, board games, music, anything to do with animals, and spending time with friends and family.

    I am very excited to be an RA and am looking forward to getting to know the new and returning residents. My goal is to help the residents have the best year possible and to be a friend that they can confide in. College is where a lot of people find their voice and figure out the person they want to be. I am excited to have the opportunity to help residents find themselves and to have a positive impact in their lives and on the campus. I can’t wait to get residents involved on campus and to have an amazing year with you all!