First off- I am so excited to be working with you. I know that we will have a fantastic year working together. I hope you feel the same degree of positivity that I have about this. I know that we have an excellent Senior Staff to work with you. Between myself, Jac (the other Hall Director in the building), and our two Assistant Hall Directors — this is a great team to work with.
However, I think the thing I am looking forward to the most is getting to know each of you. I mean really developing a relationship with you where you feel supported in your job, supported in your life, encouraged, and also challenged. I am going to hold you accountable to your job here. I am going to push you to try harder in your job. I will ask you about your classes. I will encourage you to study harder and to make sure you are taking the time each of your classes needs. I will also be challenging you to make healthy decisions in your life. Perhaps that means I will just push you to accomplish your own goals. Maybe that means I will work with you to create goals for your future. I bet I’ll remind you that you wanted to go to the Gym 3 days a week.
I hope that you enjoy your time working with me. I love my job, I love that I’m doing this job, and I’m loving working at this institution. I hope we both have fun working in this building together. I know I have an absurd sense of humor. I hope you can enjoy it – or at least learn to roll your eyes at me.
I’m also looking for you to challenge me. If I tell you I’ll have something for you by a certain time – I hope you hold me accountable to that. Accountability works two ways.
I know that you will come up with some ideas at how to better run our building — I hope you will bring these ideas to me! I want to hear them.
Now, I’m sure not everything will be daisies and roses. I am positive that we will have some challenging moments, challenging conversations, and maybe not all of us will be employed in our current position in May. I know the duty phone will ring at odd hours and we’ll both be grumpy about it. I am positive we will get a fire alarm during inclement weather. I guarantee that I will ask you to do something that you are not so thrilled about doing.
Please know that my goal, over everything that I do, is to create the best environment for our residents. I want them to be academically successful. To measure this, I want them to stay in school and have good grades. I also want our residents to enjoy their time living with us. I know that you will do some outstanding programs that are under attended. But, I want the overall experience for our residents to be positive and fun — all the while, we are creating a safe and secure place for them to study and be academically successful.
This department exists to “provide a high-quality, affordable living/learning environment that contributes to personal development and academic success” (SIUC University Housing Mission Statement). Our jobs are to help carry out this mission.
I’m ready — are you?
– Your Hall Director – Brian