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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kyra DeLoach, Residence Hall Manager—McKenzie Hall
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Indiana University South Bend
Kyra DeLoach is originally from Sturgis, Michigan. Kyra attended Southwestern Michigan College where she lived and learned, earning her Associates in Applied Science in graphic design. She later went on to Indiana University South Bend where she continued working in student life and earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in graphic design with a minor in art history. Kyra has a love for all things art and in her spare time enjoys antique shopping, trying new coffee shops, and hammocking.
Alex Fiks, Residence Hall Manager—White Hall
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Portland State University; Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan State University
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
Education: Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration, Saint Xavier University
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
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Mississippi State University
Master of Public Policy and Administration, Mississippi State University
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.