SWOSU ResLife Plans Busy Fall Semester


Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Residence Life is preparing for the upcoming fall semester on the Weatherford campus by scheduling activities, trips and spirit events.

The resident assistants (RAs) report to campus on Friday, August 10, for formal training. The 37 employed RAs, along with 6 alternates, will go through a full week of training, including a three-day retreat, according to ResLife Director Chad Martin. RAs are instructed in communication, confidentiality, emergency issues, counseling techniques, conflict resolution and university services.

SWOSU students will arrive for Move-In Day on Saturday, August 18. The doors of the residence halls will open at 9 a.m. The four halls—Oklahoma, Neff, Rogers & Jefferson, and Stewart—will house nearly 1,100 residents. Martin said halls are full for this fall.

Every resident is required to attend a mandatory meeting on August 22 at 10 p.m. Each hall will host a meeting at that time. Housing coordinators and RAs will discuss a variety of topics with the students.

During Dawg Days, ResLife will host its annual Block Party on Thursday, August 23, at 5 p.m. The event will have free food, inflatable games, a cash cube and live band. At 9 p.m., the fun moves inside to the University Grill where a video DJ and light show are set up for a campus dance.

Martin said ResLife will again sponsor tailgate events during football season. The Code Blue Party Pit will be set up prior to each home game. The tailgate challenges return this year with a new twist. Groups participating will need their own grill and can cook any food they choose but must use the game sponsor’s product in preparation. The winner each weekend will receive $500, and at the end of the season, the team that performed best throughout the season will be awarded an extra $1,000. The contest is open to everyone.

ResLife’s annual State Fair of Oklahoma trip will be September 22.  Chartered buses will take 100 students to the fair in Oklahoma City.  Participants will receive a wrist band for admission and rides in the park. This trip is only open to residents.

In late October, SWOSU and ResLife will host a regional conference for resident assistants. Over 500 RAs from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Mexico will be on the SWOSU campus in Weatherford. The diverse group will share ideas and techniques that benefit RAs in their work.

For more information or questions, contact Martin at 580.774.3024 or by email at chad.martin@swosu.edu.