About Housing

Mission

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.

     

Jaycee Kusko, Residence Hall Manager—Jerdon Hall

Email: jkusko@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2802

Education: 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.

 

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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.

 


 

Hunter Magrum, Residence Hall Manager-McKenzie Hall

Email: hmagrum@swmich.edu

Phone: 269-783-2702

Education: Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Toledo; Master of Arts in History, University of Toledo; Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Eastern Michigan University

About Hunter

Hunter is from the Toledo, Ohio area where she became the first person in her family to attend college. While at The University of Toledo, she found a passion for residence life first as a resident advisor and then as a senior resident advisor. After completing her first master’s degree, she attended Eastern Michigan University and became a graduate hall director for Walton Hall. Hunter loves playing video games and has a deep passion for Star Wars. She looks forward to engaging students and creating a great experience. Hunter is also an intense history buff and would love to discuss the 1950s-1970s with anyone!


 

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

  • Alyssa Mast

    Hi! My name is Alyssa, or you can call me Aly! I currently live in the small town of Eau Claire, Michigan but was born and raised in Baroda, Michigan. I graduated from Lakeshore High School and then decided to attend Southwestern Michigan College to receive my associate degree and continue on through the Ferris program. Currently, I am going to be a junior in college and just received my associate degree in elementary education. I am now working towards my bachelor’s degree in elementary education and double minoring in mathematics and English through Ferris. Meanwhile, when I don’t have my faced stuffed in textbooks, I enjoy riding four wheelers, hiking, art, traveling, movies, and hanging out with friends and family.

    As an RA, I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and creating new friendships and bonds between the residents as well as the other RA’s. I am extremely excited to be an RA this year, and I look forward to helping students have a great college experience and have fun while doing so!

  • 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.

  • Harleigh Besaw

    Hi everyone, my name is Harleigh Besaw, and I graduated from Edwardsburg High School (the one with the really good football team). This is my second year at SMC, and I recently decided on a communications major; I still don’t know what I’m going to be, but that’s okay! After I graduate, I plan to transfer to somewhere in Colorado.

    I love to keep myself busy with work, school, friends and working out. Some fun facts about me are: I don’t have a favorite animal or color or song because I like all of them. I do love English, and I’m terrible at math. I’ve been told I’m very easy to talk to, so don’t be shy this year!

  • Jarod Siguenza

    Hey everyone! My name is Jarod Siguenza, and I am from Edwardsburg, Michigan. I am currently majoring in mathematics so I can become a high school teacher. At the moment, I am planning on transferring to Western to pursue my bachelor’s. I am looking forward to being an RA for this school year! I hope to build great friendships with you all!

  • Justice Langford

    Hi! My name is Justice Langford; I come from a small town named Clio, Michigan, about three hours northeast of SMC, and graduated from Clio High School. I am currently enrolled here studying communications, and this will be my second year here. After graduating from SMC, I plan to transfer to Central Michigan University to earn my degree in broadcast and cinematic arts with a minor in leadership, to further become a news anchor.

    I am very excited to be an RA this year, and I look forward to getting to know and helping all of you along the way! Make it a great year or not, the choice is yours.

  • 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!

  • Mia Clay

    Hi, my name is Tamia, but please call me Mia. I am from Benton Harbor, Michigan and a 2019 graduate from Benton Harbor High School. I am currently studying communications in hope of creating my own career label and path. I enjoy rapping, dancing, painting, traveling, and hanging out with friends.

    Being an RA will equip me with better communication skills and allow me to put my current communication skills to the test. I look forward to building more and new memories with everyone. Can't wait to meet and get to know you all!

  • 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!

  • Nathan Reverman

    Hey guys! My name is Nathan, and I am from Elkhart, Indiana. I am currently enrolled in the Ferris State University Computer Information Technology program.

    I enjoy playing games. Those games can vary from video games, to card games or to random games to pass time. I also enjoy watching movies and spending time with my friends. Additionally, as of this fall, I am taking on the position of being president of the eSports Club, and we are always welcoming new members! I am very excited to be your RA this year, and I hope I can get to know all my residents. Let’s have a great year!