It could be argued that when thinking about residence life, students see this term as simply a place to live. He or she may fail to realize that posters hanging on dorm room walls are only one side to residence life. With bedding and shower caddies aside, there is more to the residence life association at Shippensburg University than meets the eye.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life has been participating in various charitable events for more than 10 years now in hopes of engaging students on campus to get involved. Recently, residence life got together on Thursday, April 24 to participate in a highway cleanup that was very successful.
“Luckily there was a lot of less trash than we were expecting. It is a fairly clean highway,” said Keenyana Talley, the residence director of McLean Hall.
Highway cleanup is open to all students on campus, and is usually organized by residence assistants who participate in the civic engagement committee, an organization within residence life.
“A Residence Director will have the responsibility of committee chair and there are RA’s who sit on the committee,” said Talley, “they meet biweekly and discuss service opportunities for each semester within the residence halls or for the entire campus.”
A hand-full of members from residence life got together to go and spruce up Earl Street, which is a major highway that winds through Shippensburg. “We usually have an average of ten people who attend Highway Cleanup, but this semester we had five,” Talley said. The highway clean-up takes place every semester, and students are always encouraged to help out and get involved. “I love service and I love giving back to the community, so it is always a pleasure to go out and try and have an influence on this world,” Talley said.