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Founders Hall Staff


 

Founders Hall Residence Director Kevin McAlvey
Resident Director

 

E-mail

kevin.mcalvey@covenant.edu

 

Years worked at Covenant

One.

 



Hometown

Lansing, MI

 

Church I attend

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church

 

College(s) attended and degrees earned

Michigan State University – B.A. English;
Wheaton College – M.A. Theology

 

Best residence life memory from my college days

Bible Studies in the dorm.

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday

A laid back day with some good food, time with the Bible and prayer, time with my wife and kids, maybe finish with a cookout with some friends.

 

Three words to describe life in Founders

not-sure what to-expect

 

Best thing about my job

Sharing life and the walk of faith with students.

 

 

Founders Hall Assistant Resident Director Sarah Ryker Sarah Ryker
Assistant Resident Director

 

E-mail

sarah.ryker@covenant.edu

 

Years worked at Covenant

This will be my first year working at Covenant

 



Hometown

Fort Wayne, IN

 

College(s) attended and degrees earned

B.A. in Allied Health, Cedarville University, 2012
M.A. in Biblical Counseling, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (anticipated 2015)

 

Best residence life memory from my college days

I have many wonderful memories from residence life in college. Some of the highlights were spontaneous pizza parties, deep conversations, and getting locked in my room (campus safety had to come break the door down!).

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday

Sleeping in and waking up refreshed, getting ready while listening to worship music, meeting friends at a local coffee shop for deep conversations and good coffee, reading a good book, hiking, playing fun board games or watching a good movie with family or friends.

 

Favorite recreational activities

I love hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, camping, sewing, and reading.

 

What residents can expect

You can expect me to be a friend with a listening ear who will challenge, encourage, counsel, and love each person I encounter to the best of my ability.

 

Best thing about my job

I am looking forward to building deep relationships with students, celebrating in their accomplishments, encouraging them in their weaknesses, and pointing them toward Christ.

 

 

Resident Assistant Savannah Gorman ’15 Savannah Gorman ’15
Resident Assistant, Caledon

 

Major

English

 

Hometown

Plano, TX

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Christology with Dr. Kapic. It was so interesting to learn about the different views of Christ throughout the ages and to refine and re-evaluate my own beliefs about the person of Christ as the Son of God.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

An encouraging and growing environment where God’s grace helps us to love each other as the sisters we are in Christ.

 

What I'm all about

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Charlotte Cleveland ’16  Charlotte Cleveland ’16
Resident Assistant, Highlands

 

Major

English

 

Hometown

Charlotte, NC

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Reading Film with Dr. Foreman. Honestly, this class was hard and kind of frustrating while I was taking it—mostly because Dr. Foreman forced me to think and explore ideas out of my comfort zone. Looking back over the semester, I realized how much I grew, both in my appreciation of film and the arts, but also in critical thinking.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

“This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

 

What I'm all about

Late nights, early mornings, and afternoon naps. Sunshine without sunburns, good coffee and great tea. Careful honesty and deserved praise. Typography, pop on Friday, jazz on Sunday. Singing His praise every day. And brownies.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Joel Elmore ’16 Joel Elmore ’16
Resident Assistant, Brethren

 

Major

Psychology

 

Hometown

Petersburg, VA

 

Favorite class at Covenant

PE 152 because Dr. Crossman was a real inspiration.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Possible monk robe Mondays! And hopefully a community that really desires to come together and help each other grow in their faith.

 

What I'm all about

I love all things outdoors: camping, hiking, soccer, snowboard, fishing, and golf. I also have a love for Auburn football. I have a heart for missions and a heart for the local church.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Taylor Thornburg ’16 Taylor Thornburg ’16
Resident Assistant, Balcony

 

Major

History & English

 

Hometown

Lynchburg, VA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Introduction to History with Dr. Green. I loved it because I was taught how to look at history differently and I got to spend an insane amount of time in the library getting to know the reference section pretty well. Also, Dr. Green is the bomb.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

I’d love to have Balcony be a welcoming place where the hallway is a spot for community and laughter, and the commons invites both studying and fellowship. I intend for it to be a unique place of friendship and light on campus where a door is always able to be open for a cup of tea and conversation.

 

What I'm all about

Work hard, play hard. Hot tea during the summer and classic board game nights.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Danielle Smith ’15 Danielle Smith ’15
Resident Assistant, Gracewell

 

Major/Minor

History, Education

 

Hometown

Mooresville, NC

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Modern China & Japan, and Modern Russia.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

I am so excited to see the collaboration of people next year on Gracewell! You can expect a lot of laughter and love and I can’t wait to see what God will do in His grace! Expect pancakes, dance sessions, and my attempts at crafting!

 

What I'm all about

“His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in weakness.” I’m all about grace and the LORD sustains! I’m a North Carolina snob, so I’ll love you more for your “first in flight” license plate. I love food, movies, and photography! I’m all about late night chats and McDonalds runs.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Jared Dodd ’15 Jared Dodd ’15
Resident Assistant, Catacombs

 

Major/Minor

Biology, Chemistry

 

Hometown

LaFayette, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Biological Perspectives—addressing science from a Christian perspective.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Taking part in a unique hall identity and also experiencing community with those returning to the hall.

 

What I'm all about

I enjoy hanging out with people and talking about whatever comes up.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Calvin Cummings ’15 Calvin Cummings ’15
Resident Assistant, Blackwatch

 

Major/Minor

English, Mathematics

 

Hometown

Oak Ridge, TN

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

It’s a tie between Modern Literary Criticism and Art & Criticism taught by Dr. Tate and Dr. Weichbrodt, respectively. I would love to tell you about how important both of these classes are to me, but capturing all that stuff I learned about loss and existence and Jacobean sexism in a few sentences is impossible. In short, I think we learned how to listen to, speak with, and care for one another in a more Christ-centered way by reading and looking sensitively. I’ve been truly changed by those mere six hours of college credit and I am so thankful for the professors and classmates I’ve had the privilege of growing alongside.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Conversations on what I mentioned above.

 

What I'm all about

Hopefully living as if the gospel were really real in the areas of creation—geographically or vocationally—that I am called to. I like music, poetry, writing, rock-climbing, and running. I’m also fairly extroverted and relationally-oriented.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Joy Ohanian ’16 Joy Ohanian ’16
Resident Assistant, Jubilee

 

Major/Minor

Community Development, Economics & Business

 

Hometown

Plano, TX

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

U.S. Urban Poverty, because we are going into the community and implementing what we are learning.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Well, this is hard because I think that a lot of what to expect will be found out once we all get together. But if I had to choose a few things I would say to expect lots of fun, lots of getting to know each other, and lots of learning about the joy of Jesus.

 

What I'm all about

I really like trouser socks. I also really enjoy art—both creating and viewing it, though creating is preferable. I also am about theater, fashion, and developing communities. I like learning and people and having fun. The thing I am currently about is learning to sew. I also love God and I’m learning to be about Him.

 

 

Resident Assistant Erik Vitolins Erik Vitolins ’16
Resident Assistant, 1st Belz

 

Major

History with a concentration in Political Science

 

Hometown

Lebanon, TN

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Modern China and Japan with Dr. Follett. It really let me see history in different ways, outside of the context of the west.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

There are going to be a lot of new faces on the hall but I am excited to help build a new community. I won’t be the perfect RA and this won’t be the perfect hall, but I’m excited to meet and grow with you all.

 

What I'm all about

I love community. Covenant has really blessed me with Christ-centered communal living and I am forever grateful. I love sports and Jesus and I have loved combining the two playing on the rugby team.

 

 

Resident Assistant Beth Burgess ’15 Beth Burgess ’15
Resident Assistant, Jungle

 

Major/Minor

Biology, Mathematics & Chemistry

 

Hometown

Nicholasville, KY

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Biological Perspectives. I love Dr. Morris and his teaching. I respect him not only as a professor, but as a man of God, and I loved the content of this course.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A broken RA full of failures, mistakes, and sin, yet forgiven by the grace a God and being made new. Residents can expect a safe community full of laughs and fun, yet full of broken individuals continually failing, but continually learning what it means to love.

 

What I'm all about

I am about openness and honesty. I am about fun and living life in the present and full of adventures. I love sports, all kinds of games, and am a little too competitive. I am about doing things a little different and trying new things. But first and foremost I seek to be about God, a disciple of Christ, who never quits learning, and a child continually amazed by her Father’s love.