RA Programming Ideas

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Jobs/Internships
RA Ideas:

  • Invite HR professionals from nearby corporations and businesses to advise residents on what they look for in a resume, how to approach tricky interview questions and more.
  • Host a mock interview session with residents on your floor to help practice interview skills. Have students take turns asking and answering popular interview questions.
  • Pass out and discuss RA magazine articles from the Future Issue (Issue 4) like "How to Get and Ace an Interview", "Interviewing with Generation X" and "The Summer Job" before campus job fairs.
  • Invite campus professionals to hold a workshop on how to make your resume stand out and how to create a captivating cover letter.
  • Show feature films on your channel that emphasize hard work and success from our personal achievement genre.

 

Topic: Alcohol Awareness and Binge Drinking
RA Ideas:

  • Use Residence Life Cinema's Alcohol Awareness video in conjunction with the Building Student Success Video on Binge drinking to have small group discussions on the topics of alcohol abuse.

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Screenshot of Residence Life Cinema's
Alcohol Awareness Video

  • Invite representatives from the Counseling Office to talk with students on this topic.
  • Invite representatives from Public Safety or Campus Police to talk with students about the repercussions of alcohol use on campus or as a student.
  • Have a "Drunk Goggle" exercise where students try to negotiate an obstacle course while "intoxicated."
  • Have a "Mock-Tails" party and talk with students about drinking behaviors, the "drinking life" and healthy alternatives to drinking.
  • Coordinate showings of Alcohol Awareness with feature films from our website on topics such as Choices and Consequences, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Life Stories.

 

Topic: Campus Safety
RA Ideas:

  • Use Residence Life Cinema's new series, Campus Safety 101 in conjunction with kick off week activities to inform and educate new students about how to maintain their safety and the safety of others. The Campus Safety 101 video addresses Theft, Online Security, Sexual Assault, Alcohol, Hazing, Violence & Harassment. Check out the Campus Safety 101 trailer on our website!

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  • Invite representatives from Public Safety or Campus Police to talk with students about how to not set themselves up for a violation of their safety or the safety of others.
  • Invite a representative from the Student Life Office to talk with students about the Right-to-Know and Campus Security Acts and the obligations of the college to report campus crime statistics under these acts and the Higher Education Amendment.
  • Coordinate showings of Campus Safety 101 with feature films recommended on the Residence Life Cinema website under Choices and Consequences, Campus Safety, Date Rape / Sexual Assault and the Life Stories.

 

Topic: College Success and Student Retention
RA Ideas:

  • Use Residence Life Cinema's Building Student Success Video on College Success in conjunction with kick off week activities to inform and educate new students about how to make the best out of their college experience.
  • Invite representatives from a variety of campus offices to talk with students about the resources available to students and how to access the many services offered by specific offices and departments.
  • Invite a representative from the Academic Resource Center to talk with students about starting good habits early in their college career and to go through each of the TOP 10 recommendations from the College Success video.
  • Over the course of ten days invite a speaker each evening to talk about each of the TOP 10 recommendations with students and the importance of that recommendation to college student success.
  • Coordinate showings of College Success with feature films from our website on Choices and Consequences, Ethics / Justice and Personal Achievement.
  • Host a study tip trading session with the members of your floor. Start off your meeting by discussing RA Magazine articles like "How to Avoid Cramming" download (Issue 4), "Turn the Residence Hall into Study Hall" (Issue 2) and "How to Study for Your Learning Style" (Issue 4).


Topic: Credit Card Debt
RA Ideas:

  • Invite representatives from the Counseling Center and Financial Aid to talk with students about the stress and hardship that follow credit card misuse.
  • Invite a representative from a local investment or financial planning group to talk with students about building a portfolio and arranging for their financial future.
  • Show movies and use the Movie Discussion guide to get conversations started.

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  • Invite a representative from Financial Aid to talk with students about incurring debt while in college and how to control the impact that has on their lives after graduation.
  • Coordinate showings of Residence Life Cinema's Building Student Success Video on Credit Card Debt with feature films on Choices and Consequences located on the Residence Life Cinema website.


Topic: Getting Involved
RA Ideas:

  • Invite a representative from the Student Activities Office to talk with students about the various student organizations on campus. This might also be an opportunity to get representatives from various organizations to make a presentation on what their group can offer students.
  • Coordinate showings of Residence Life Cinema's Building Student Success Video on Getting Involved with feature films located on the Residence Life Cinema website under Personal Achievement and Leadership.
  • Run announcements for opportunities to get involved on your channel.


Topic: Hazing Awareness
RA Ideas:

  • Use the Campus Safety 101 Video on Hazing or the Building Student Success Video on Hazing in conjunction with Student Organization and Greek "Rush Week" to talk, inform and educate students on the dangers of hazing.
  • Invite representatives from Public Safety or Campus Police to talk with students about some of the legal and criminal ramifications of hazing.
  • Invite a representative from the Student Life Office to talk with students about the impact of hazing to the campus, the organization, the community and most importantly to them and their fellow students.
  • Invite representatives from the Student Life, Judicial Affairs and Affirmative Action Offices to talk with students about how to report a hazing offense.
  • Invite a representative from the Judicial Affairs Office to talk with students about the disciplinary actions that will be taken against them if they participate in hazing.


Topic: Identity Theft
RA Ideas:

  • Invite public safety and other departments to share tips for preventing identity theft.
  • Invite financial aid representatives to talk with students about the basics of financial planning and tracking their credit reports.
  • Help students order their free credit reports to ensure the safety of their credit history.
  • Show movies like The Net that deal with identity theft.
  • Post tips to protect students from identity theft on your floor bulletin board after the discussion as a reminder to students.
  • Show the Campus Safety 101 Video about Online Security.
  • Hold a safety meeting for your residents with tips on how to keep personal information safe both online and offline.
  • Supplement the Identity Theft Student Success Video on your channel with RA magazine content including "Will That Be Debit or Credit?" (Issue 3) and "Identity Thieves Get Crafty on Campus" (Issue 5).


Topic: Illegal Downloading
RA Ideas:

  • Invite staff from Res Life, IT or Campus Security to discuss the legal consequences of illegal dowloading.
  • Discuss legal alternatives to obtain movies and music use. Use during orientation so freshman are aware of the ramifications on campus.
  • Coordinate showings of the Building Student Success Video on Illegal Downloading and the Campus Safety 101 Video on Online Security with feature films on Choices and Consequences recommended on the Residence Life Cinema website.


Topic: Laundry 101
RA Ideas:

  • Have a faculty member incorporate the Building Student Success Video on Laundry into a Freshmen Seminar class or during freshman orientation.
  • Play the video in the Laundry Room if there is a TV in the room. Provide residences with quarters and do your laundry together for your first floor program after watching the video.
  • Run the Laundry 101 Slide from the Residence Life Cinema's slide library on the campus channel.
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Topic: Managing Stress
RA Ideas:

  • Show the Building Student Success Video on Managing Stress in conjunction with kick off week activities to inform and educate new students about the importance of taking care of themselves and scheduling time for stress release.
  • Play the Managing Stress video in conjunction with final exams week programming.
  • Invite a representative from the Counseling Office to talk with students about ways to appropriately relieve stress.
  • Have a "Regression Session" with a variety of children's toys, coloring books, Play Doh©, finger paint, etc. to help students relax.
  • Coordinate showings of Managing Stress with feature films on Choices and Consequences, Counseling, Mental Illness / Stress / Disabilities, Personal Achievement, Suicide and the Life Stories. Lists of titles available can be located on the Residence Life Cinema website.


Topic: Marijuana Abuse
RA Ideas:

  • Use Building Student Success Video on Marijuana Abuse in conjunction with Alcohol Awareness and Binge Drinking videos to have small group discussions on the topics of alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Invite representatives from the Counseling Office to talk with students on this topic.
  • Invite representatives from Public Safety or Campus Police to talk with
    students about the repercussions of marijuana and drug use on campus or as a student.
  • Have a "Drunk Goggle" exercise where students try to negotiate an obstacle course while "under the influence of drugs."
  • Coordinate showings of Marijuana Abuse with feature films recommended on the Residence Life Cinema website under Choices and Consequences, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Life Stories.
  • Invite a healthcare professional to discuss the recent trend of smart drugs on campus. Use the RA Magazine article "Smart Drugs Aren't So Smart" (Issue 3) to supplement the presentation.

 

Topic: Positive Dating Relationships
RA Ideas:

  • Use the Building Student Success Video on Positive Dating Relationships in conjunction with kick off week activities to inform and educate new students about the relationships they will build during their college career.
  • Use the Positive Dating Relationships Video in conjunction with programming efforts such as "The Date Game," "Sex 101" and "Sex Talk and Blowpops."
  • Invite a representative from the Counseling Office to talk with students about communication and how to build a healthy relationship.
  • Show feature films from our website on Choices and Consequences, Date Rape / Sexual Assault, Personal Relationships / Love / Friendship, Sexual Orientation and Life Stories.
  • Discuss different relationship styles college students typically engage in and the consequences they can have. Use RA Magazine article "Friends With Benefits Should Come With a Warning" (Issue 5) to help start the discussion.


Topic: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
RA Ideas:

  • Use the Building Student Success Videos on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Positive Dating Relationships to have small group discussions on the topics of dating, sex and personal relationships.
  • Show the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Video in conjunction with programming efforts such as "The Date Game," "Sex 101," and "Sex Talk and Blowpops."
  • Invite a representative from the Counseling Office to talk with students about communication and how to build a healthy relationship.
  • Invite a representative from the Health and Wellness Office to talk with students about sexually transmitted diseases, how to recognize them, treatment and consequences.
  • Show feature films on Choices and Consequences, Date Rape / Sexual Assault, Sexual Orientation, and the Life Stories on the Residence Life Cinema website.


Topic: Study Skills
RA Ideas:

  • Use the Building Student Success Video on Study Skills in conjunction with kick off week activities to inform and educate new students about the importance of building good study habits early in their college experience.
  • Invite a representative from the Academic Resource Center to talk with students about how to get the most out of their studying.
  • Show feature films from our website under Choices and Consequences and Personal Achievement.
  • Have students bring their daily planners or provide them to residents and help them organize their time.


Topic: Understanding Conflict
RA Ideas:

  • Invite representatives from the Counseling Center to talk with students about listening skills, conflict resolution and mediation.
  • Invite a representative from the Student Life Office to talk with students about how to handle conflicts with students, faculty and staff members.
  • Coordinate showings of the Building Student Success Video on Conflict Resolution with feature films on Choices and Consequences, Ethics /Justice and Personal Relationships / Love / Friendship listed on the Residence Life Cinema website.
  • Create mock situations common in residence halls and have students act out scenarios to assist in teaching the best way to handle conflict.
  • Show the Student Success Video for Understanding Conflict on your campus channel in conjunction with feature films from our College/University Life in Films genre.
  • Host a workshop on roommate conflict management using the RA Magazine article "Can't We All Just Get Along" (Issue 3). Help residents address issues before they become a problem by having students fill out RA Magazine's downloadable Roommate Contract (Issue 3).
 

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