Residence Life Staff

Meet Your ResLife Staff!

Chris Harvey HSUPosition: Residence Director, Behrens Hall

Hometown: Longmont, Colorado

Degrees Earned: Master of Arts from Metropolitan State University of Denver

What are your hobbies? Spending time with my wife and daughter, playing golf and other sports, watching shows and movies, reading, and probably a few other things I can’t think of right now.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? I just finished my first year in Residence Life.

What is your favorite part of being in this field? I really enjoy getting to spend time with all of the guys in the building. Whether that is watching movies, grabbing some food, or just having a talk in my office. I really enjoy getting to know new people.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? I taught middle school before I came to Hardin-Simmons and one of my favorite parts of that job was getting to know my students and having one-on-one conversations with them about life. I thought that this job would be a better opportunity to get to know students and to connect with students who are in a pivotal part of their life. I just enjoy getting to know people and this job was a great opportunity for that. It was also a great chance for my wife and I to further our educations.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? Give yourself time to connect and experience college. It might take time, but as long as you give HSU a chance you will find it’s a great place to learn and grow and will enjoy every minute that you are here. Just be patient and involve yourself as much as you can.

Brionna O'Donald HSUPosition: Residence Director, Lange Hall

Hometown: Abilene, Texas

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Behavior Science in Psychology

What are your hobbies? I really enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching sports of any kind, and binge watching New Girl or Grey’s Anatomy.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? This is my first year.

What is your favorite part about being in this field? I love being in Res Life for the connections and relationships that are formed. I enjoy being able to know students’ names outside of living in the hall and connect on a deeper level.

Why did you apply to be in Res Life? I chose to be in Res Life because I wanted to continue to be a part of the HSU family and I am working on my master’s in counseling here as well, so I felt like being an RD would be beneficial both now and in my future careers.

What advice would you give to prospective students coming to HSU? I would definitely want first year students to know that HSU is always going to be your family and be a safe place. The people here are AMAZING. From Ms. Bobbie in the cafe, to all the numerous coaches and professors. HSU is blessed and is able to reach so many groups of people that everyone that steps on campus will not leave here without being changed and moved by the Lord’s presence.

Holly Edwards HSUPosition: Director of Residence Life

Hometown: Monkey Island, Oklahoma

Degrees Earned: Bachelor’s in Family Psychology and Masters in Spiritual Formation and Leadership

What are your hobbies? Playing with my kids, trying to keep plants alive, and reading.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? 6 years in Residence Life, 10 years in Student Affairs

What is your favorite part about being in this field? The opportunity to challenge and support students and professional staff.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? I loved my experience as an RA and I like helping people. Seemed to be a natural fit.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? HSU is family. Discover how you fit within the family and how you can make our family better.

Ryan Stewart HSUPosition: Resident Director for Apartments

Hometown: Hillsdale, MI

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts – Visual Art

What are your hobbies? Traveling/exploring, photography/art, most sports, reading, running, collecting sports cards

How many years have you been in Residence Life? Less than 1 (since Aug 2017).

What is your favorite part about being in this field? Getting to invest into students of course but also to empower them and help them see themselves the way the Lord does and help raise them up into their calling in Christ.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? Because God made me pastoral and made me a shepherd and I thought that being an RD would be one of the best ways to ‘shepherd a flock.’ I LOVE getting to walk alongside students and hopefully being used by God to bring freedom, peace and direction to their lives.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? I would tell them… College is a wonderful opportunity to grow and mature. Take advantage of that. You will get out of college what you put into it. Seek out a mentor, build relationships with people, and enjoy the ride.

Francis Edwards HSUPosition: Associate Director for Residence Life

Hometown: Bristow, OK

Degrees Earned: B.A. Applied Ministry, Youth Emphasis Minor: Bible | Oklahoma Baptist University and M.S. Adult and Higher Education | University of Southern Maine

What are your hobbies? I’m a sports guy, not write-a-fan-book sports guy, but I enjoy sports in general. Football is my favorite, and I grew up playing basketball, but later in life have developed an affinity for wrestling. I’ll talk most, some better than others. I also am a big fan of working with my hands, be it building things with wood, minimal mechanic work, or even knitting. I have always enjoyed getting to fix or create. I also have a beautiful wife Holly and two kids, Emma and Cohen, who always keep life fun and interesting.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? I started working in Residence life in August of 2013.

What is your favorite part about being in this field? The most worthwhile thing in life is helping others develop, and my favorite part of my job besides providing optimal living experiences for students, is having one-on-one conversations that give me a chance to encourage them in their lives and studies, but to in-turn be impacted by every student who walks into my office.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? Hardin-Simmons truly has a family atmosphere, and it is important to take pride in your family, how it influences you and speaks into your identity as a person of value, but also how you help shape it and carry on its namesake.

Wendy Chuning HSU StaffPosition: Residence Director, Anderson Hall

Hometown: Excelsior Springs, Missouri

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education

What are your hobbies? Volleyball. Coffee. Playing the ukulele and piano (not at the same time). Trying to be craftsy.

How many years have you been in Residence Life? Overall, 5 years. At HSU, only 1 year.

What is your favorite part about being in this field? Getting to see the transformation that occurs over my residents’ first years of being in college and even in the tiniest of ways, getting to be a part of their story.

Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? Because it’s a unique ministry and the majority of the job is living life with students. It’s supporting them through challenges of learning what college looks like and who the Lord has said they are.

What advice would you give prospective students coming to HSU? First, be prepared to grow a ton. Second, don’t go home the first month you are here. There is so much that happens in that first month, like getting connected with your roommate, suitemates, and others students on-campus. It is a huge transition time and staying here and getting connected makes a huge impact on how the rest of your year will go.