• Residence Life Staff

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    Director of Residence Life

    The Director of Residence Life provides overall leadership and administration for the department including strategic planning and goal setting, policies and procedures, student conduct, staff supervision, budget management, risk management, and the development and assessment of co-curricular initiatives and services designed to advance student success. The Director also partners with more than a dozen outside vendors and many departments across the HSU campus such as Academic Affairs, Admissions, Campus Police, Counseling Services, Disability Services, First-Year Experience, Student Involvement, Student Engagement, and University Maintenance to provide an excellent residential living environment for each student.

    • Holly Edwards

      Title: Director of Residence Life
      Years of Professional Student Affairs/Residence Life Experience: 10 years working in Student Affairs with 5 years being in Residence Life
      Started Working @ HSU: January 2017
      Degrees Earned: BA in Family Psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University, MA in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University

      Why have you chosen Residence Life as your profession?
      I love being able to be a part of the development process of people. And serving in Residence Life gives me a platform to engage and watch life development. I learn something new about people every day.. and I love it!

      What is your favorite part about residence life?
      The life on life learning. There are so many valuable things to learn during college.. it’s so fun to see young adults being challenged and supported. And I have loved having college students love on my kids. My children are seeing great examples of young women and men.

      What is your favorite thing about HSU?
      I felt a part of the HSU family as soon as I got on campus. I didn’t feel like I had to “earn” a spot, but encouraged that others wanted to serve and learn alongside me.

      What is something that “geeks you out?”
      Spiritual Formation. Give me a good Nouwen or Foster book and a Rt 44 Dr Pepper and I will see you in a couple of days!!

      What do you like about the Abilene community?
      Everyone is so friendly! My family and I have felt very welcomed! We are also discovering some really good places to eat!

    Associate Director of Residence Life

    The Associate Director of Residence Life (ADRL) provides administrative oversight for the residence education component of a comprehensive residence life & housing program. The ADRL oversees the recruitment, training, and evaluation of the department’s staff of Residence Directors, Senior Resident Assistants, Resident Assistants, Chaplain’s in Residence as well as the programmatic efforts of the department. They are an essential partner in the education, development, and empowerment of the whole student with the goal of leading a vibrant Christian community that is fully engaged in the academic and co-curricular life of the university.

    • Francis Edwards

      Title: Associate Director of Residence Life
      Years of Professional Student Affairs/Residence Life Experience: 4 Years
      Started Working @ HSU: January 2017
      Degrees Earned: B.A. Applied Ministry, Minor: Bible

      Why have you chosen Residence Life as your profession?
      I feel like Residence Life has currently chose me. I believe working in the department will help develop my professional skills and experience while allowing me to serve students.

      What is your favorite part about residence life?
      The interaction and growth opportunities of working with a diverse population of students.

      What is your favorite thing about HSU?
      The people who stop by my office and how you instantly become part of the HSU family.

      What is something that “geeks you out?”
      I’m a big fan of working with my hands, so anything crafty or something to do with creating, refurbishing, redesigning really peaks my interests.

      What do you like about the Abilene community?
      I love the large population and amenities with the small town vibe.

    Residence Director

    The Residence Director (RD) is a full-time, live-in staff employee reporting to the Associate Director of Residence Life. These staff members are committed to shaping the experience at HSU through personal development, intellectual engagement and spiritual formation. 

    • Jesse Turcott, RD Ferguson & Nix Halls

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: 1 year
      Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Indiana Wesleyan University)

      Why have you chosen Residence Life as your profession?
      I have chosen Residence Life as a profession because I know, from experience, how much development and growth takes place in the residence halls. I love working with students, and I am passionate about coming alongside people and working through what it means to live a Christian life.

      What is your favorite part about living in the residence halls?
      I love the community found in the residence halls. Whether you are looking to hang out, play a pick-up game, have a deep conversation, etc., all you have to do is step outside your room and knock on someone else’s door.

      What is your favorite thing about HSU so far?
      I have been incredibly impressed by the staff at HSU. The people here have been kind and genuine and demonstrated Christ-like compassion. It is also evident that the staff here truly cares about the development and well-being of the students.

      What is something that “geeks you out?”
      Nature definitely geeks me out. I love spending time in the great outdoors hiking or portaging; especially in areas with mountains and dense forest. I also love learning, and occasionally spend hours reading about an interesting topic that I happen to stumble across.

      So what do you think of Abilene so far?
      While by no means a large city, Abilene is massive compared to my hometown of 30,000. I do appreciate that Abilene finds a way to maintain a small-town feel that seems to be permeated with the southern hospitality I have heard so much about. The city has already started to grow on me and I am excited to call it my new home.

    • Wendy Chuning, RD Anderson Hall
      Wendy Chuning

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: New

    • Chris Harvey, RD Behrens Hall
      ChrisHarvey

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: New

    • Brionna O'Donald, RD Lange Hall
      Brionna O'Donald

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: New

    • Ryan Stewart, Leadership
      Ryan Stewart

      Title of your position: Residence Director
      Years of service @ HSU: New

    Resident Assistant

    The Resident Assistant (RA) will assist the Resident Director in maintaining housing policies and procedures. They will be living in your wing and fostering community in the ResHalls. Students just like you, our RA’s are your first line of communication for any questions or concerns that might arise while you are living with us.

    Chaplains in Residence (CiR)

    Supervised by the Residence Director of their assigned living area, Chaplains in Residence (CiR) are full-time graduate students of Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) or Logsdon Seminary serving as interns with the Office of Residence Life. CiRs provide opportunities for spiritual growth and faith development in each hall through Bible studies, small groups, involvement in campus ministry events, and service projects. CiR’s live in each traditional Residence Hall to share life in community with students, helping them adjust to the rigors of life at HSU, grow into mature and responsible members of the HSU community, and helping them grow as disciples of Christ.

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