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The Residence Life team consists of professional staff members and selected student leaders who work hard to help you make the most of your residence life experience. Through a variety of programs and services, the team works together to develop a partnership with our residents. This partnership provides many opportunities for personal growth, intellectual and leadership development, and maturity in your learning-living environment.

The Office of Residence Life is located on the 2nd floor of Nelson Hall on campus. Nelson Hall is where students can find a variety of resources including Residence Life, Career Services, the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS), and Athletics.

If you have any questions, please contact ResidenceLife@rockford.edu.

Meet our Staff

Beth Tinsley

BETH TINSLEY
Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life
815-226-4026
ETinsley@rockford.edu

Beth is from Rockton, Illinois. She attended Rockford University for her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned her Master of Science in Education Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.


As the Assistant Dean of Students/ Director of Residence Life, I directly oversee the Residence Life staff and department as well as the students living on campus.


MATTSEN HELLER
Residence Hall Director, Cummings Complex
815.394.5028

mheller@rockford.edu

Mattsen grew up in the small town of Pine Island, Minnesota and moved to Madison, Wisconsin to get his degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin.

As the Residence Hall Director (RHD) of the Cummings Complex, Mattsen oversees the community development and operations of Emerson Hall, Barnes Hall, Talcott Hall, and Lathrop Hall.

My experience working in higher education, specifically residence life, played a large role in my undergraduate education. I came to Rockford University to play an important role in the lives of students, helping them be truly prepared for the life they have ahead.


Jonathan Milton

JONATHAN MILTON
Residence Hall Director, Small Houses
815-226-4094
JMilton@rockford.edu

Jonathan grew up in Heyworth, Il before moving to Carlinville, Il where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Blackburn College.

As the Residence Hall Director (RHD) of Small Houses, Jonathan oversees the community development and operations of Caster, Dayton, Ekvall, Olson, and Svenson resident halls. In addition to those undergraduate resident halls, he also manages McPhail hall for graduate housing.

I chose to work in residence life because I enjoy being a part of the journey students take through undergrad and graduate school. I challenge everyone to embrace the immense amount of opportunity that Rockford University has to offer.


Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RA) are upper-class student leaders who are carefully selected and trained to help foster a learning-living environment in the residence halls at Rockford University. The RA’s are assigned a high degree of responsibility in working with the students and administration to create and maintain a safe, productive community in the halls.

RA’s are also on the front lines of assisting new students in making the transition to university life as smooth as possible. Through various activities, RA's help students adjust to life at Rockford University by putting on programs that encourage students to develop and master life skills such as problem solving and critical thinking while developing their individuality. Your RA will be there to listen to and answer your questions (or refer you to someone who can), and take a genuine interest in you as a person. Your RA will also confront you if you are violating policy and will ask you to confront each other when someone else's behavior is a problem.

Resident Assistant's are generally selected towards the end of the spring semester. If you are interested in becoming a RA we encourage you to look over the application and speak with a current RA.

Meet our Resident Assistants

Will Brannock





WILL BRANNOCK
Class Standing As of August: Senior
Major: Computer Science and Business
Hometown: Heyworth Illinois


Campus Activities: Football, Residential Life

In my downtime I... watch TV and hang with friends.

I am excited to be an RA because... it allows me to meet new people.

I decided to attend Rockford University... to play football.

After graduation I plan to... work at Disney World as an Imagineer.


ASHLEY EGGERT
Class Standing As of August: Senior
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Art
Hometown: Machesney Park, IL


Campus Activities: Alpha Helix

In my downtime I... relax with my friends and boyfriend, read, run, bike, photography.

I am excited to be an RA because... I love getting to know new people and form unique friendships throughout the hall.

I decided to attend Rockford University... because it is close to home, has a great reputation, and I was offered a full-ride. Hard to turn down!

After graduation I plan to... attend physical therapy school, then travel the world!



BRITTNEI ELLIS
Class Standing As of August: Senior
Major: Physical Education
Minor: Coaching
Hometown: Marengo, IL


Campus Activities: C.A.B., Women's Basketball

In my downtime I... watch movies.

I am excited to be an RA because... I love helping people and meeting new friends.

I decided to attend Rockford University... because I love the small campus environment.

After graduation I plan to... teach at a school.


Candice Elsasser
CANDICE ELSASSER
Class Standing As of August:
Senior
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Pawnee, IL


Campus Activities: Alpha Helix

In my downtime I... watch the show Friends or read novels.

I am excited to be an RA because... I have a passion for helping people.

I decided to attend Rockford University... because I love all of my opportunities!

After graduation I plan to... attend grad. school for Physical Therapy.



CODY JENNINGS
Major: Physical Education
Minor: Secondary Education
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Campus Activities: Football, Student Government Association

In my downtime I... lift weights, play football, basketball, hangout with friends and like to explore new things.

I am excited to be an RA because... it puts me in a great leadership role and adds a little bit of me and my ideas to the campus. I also get to have a positive role on my residents and other people.

I decided to attend Rockford University... because of the hall of fame coach Vic Wallace and the football program here. The program has a high standard of excellence and so does this University. Attending RU is most likely the best decision I have made in my young life. It has helped me mature in a way that will make me the most successful man, and professional I can possibly be.

After graduation I plan to... teach in the local Rockford area at Jefferson High and coach football. 



STEPHANIE KLEMM
Class Standing As of August: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Hometown:
Rockford, IL


Campus Activities: Intervarsity

In my downtime I... play piano and hang out with friends.

I am excited to be an RA because...
I will get to know people in my hall well.

I decided to attend Rockford University... for the excellent Nursing Program and because it is close to home.

After graduation I plan to... go to grad school for Nursing.




JARETT MCARDLE
Class Standing As of August: Sophomore
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown:
Gilberts, IL


Campus Activities: Football

In my downtime I... relax and enjoy home playing video games and watching Netflix.

I am excited to be an RA because... I want to help the RU community feel welcome and safe.

I decided to attend Rockford University... I fell in love with the campus atmosphere.

After graduation I plan to... go into law enforcement or the military



TORY MINNIFIELD
Class Standing As of August: Senior
Major: Human Development
Hometown:
Blue Island, IL


Campus Activities: Basketball

In my downtime I... play NCAA Football 2013.

I am excited to be an RA because... it gives me a chance to assist others and become helpful.

I decided to attend Rockford University... because it is not too far from home, but it is enough for me to get away from my parents.

After graduation I plan to... start my career in Human Development.




STEPHANIE TASSONE
Class Standing As of August: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Graphic Design
Hometown:
Sandwich, IL


Campus Activities: Judicial Board, Track & Field, SGA

In my downtime I... run, work on different Adobe programs, and "pin" new design trends on Pinterest.

I am excited to be an RA because... I love this campus and want to help out as much as I can!

I decided to attend Rockford University... my brother goes here and was able to hook my TV up.

After graduation I plan to... join the Peace Corps to help underdeveloped countries become sustainable.



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