Maclellan and Rymer RAs

Maclellan/Rymer Hall Residence Life Staff

Jackie Robel
Jackie Robel
Resident Director

 

E-mail

jacqueline.robel@covenant.edu

 

Years worked at Covenant

I'm in my third year.

 

Hometown

New Kensington, PA (close to Pittsburgh)

 

Local Church I attend

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church

 

College(s) attended and degrees earned

M.A. in Higher Education, Geneva College, 2013
B.A. in Intercultural Communication, Geneva College, 2010

 

Best residence life memory from my college days

I don't have one big memory. Instead, I think of a zillion wonderful moments in the residence halls! I loved living alongside people, getting them involved in events like ice skating parties, Big Bad Big Wheel Rallies (hilarious!), Bible studies, campus retreats, or early morning pancake breakfasts.
I loved studying and processing our classes together (New Testament Greek and political science study fests are the best!), and getting together to talk, study God's Word, and really think about how our faith should be lived out as college students and how we can live intentionally with one another as a community of believers.
I also LOVE to laugh and will always treasure the many nights of laughing until I cried...so many wonderful moments of hilarity and just delighting in being surrounded by people you love! Basically, I love residence life!

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday

Sleeping in a bit, eating a good homemade breakfast, having a more relaxed devotional time, going to Zumba with friends, working really hard on something for 3-4 hours so I can cross things off my list, and then spending the evening with people talking, exploring, eating, reading together, or watching something (I've been on a Downton Abbey, White Collar, and Smallville kick most recently).

 

Three words to describe life in Maclellan/Rymer

Ethusiastic, friendly, thoughtful.

 

Best thing about my job

Living alongside others as they go through the college experience! I love learning, but especially learning as a community, whether it’s inside or outside the classroom. I love lectures from professors, engaging conversations, intramurals, serving the community, writing papers, Bible studies, campus events, connecting with a local church community, movies, learning about new people and cultures—really all the things that go into a good college experience!
It is a delight to serve students by helping them to connect what they are learning in the classroom to their faith as they try to figure out how to faithfully serve Christ in all spheres of life. This is a hugely formative time of life and it is a joy to walk alongside students and my fellow staff members as we seek to be faithful members of the kingdom of God in the ways that we grow together spiritually, socially, and academically, seeking to create a community of service to one another as we use this time well to learn and engage in God's world!

 

 


 

Amaris Capen
Amaris Capen
Resident Assistant, Chi Alpha

 

Major

Biology

 

Hometown

Kailua, HI

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Intro to Art History

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Residents can expect to be received as a sister and feel free to bring their whole selves. They can expect to laugh and be quirky. The Holy Spirit will use hall life to grow you!

 

What I'm all about

I'm all about a lot of things. Right now I'm all about my sister's baby who is due in October. My love language is sweet potatoes and I enjoy anything outside.

 

 


 

Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison
Resident Assistant, Lawrence

 

Major

Psychology

 

Hometown

Sugar Hill, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Lifespan Psychology - I really enjoyed learning about how we develop in age. It's amazing to see how God made us. Dr. Yue does a wonderful job, and makes it very understandable and fun. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

The Unexpected

 

What I'm all about

A brotherhood focused on Christ. Deep conversations, crazy events, and just always spending time with friends. Also Queso, always Queso.

 

 


 

Richie Hennessey
Richie Hennessey
Resident Assistant, Sutherland

 

Major

Economics

 

Hometown

Vero Beach, FL

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Probably Industrial Organization with Lance Wescher. I learned a ton about how businesses are set up in America while also approaching it with a Christian perspective specific to the field.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A laid-back yet spontaneous atmosphere. We make up a clan of guys who love each other and love Jesus!

 

What I'm all about

Pursing loving God and people

 

 


 

Abby Hynson
Abby Hynson
Resident Assistant, Rowan

 

Major/Minor

Computer Science/Music

 

Hometown

Peachtree City, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Advanced Programing Methodology. Coming into Covenant, I had absolutely no experience with computer programming. This class was a personal breakthrough where I have learned to love and understand the foundations of coding. Dr. Humphries kept each student engaged in the class as we laughed and we learned as the class time flew by.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Lots of energy, fun events, laughs, prayers, bonding time and a huge teddy bear named Luther! My prayer for Rowan this year is that we will grow stronger together as our roots grow deeper in Christ, implementing Hebrews 10:24 - “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”.

 

What I'm all about

Jesus, friends and coffee (in that order). I love spending time with people, whether it be something active outside, a homework study group or one of the many school events. I am passionate about music, running, reading, planning events and making memories.

 

 


 

Samuel Moore
Samuel Moore
Resident Assistant, The Five Points

 

Major

Business, Accounting Concentration

 

Hometown

Laurens, S.C.

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Doctrine I with Dr. Kapic. It was a convicting and eye-opening class, that I was always excited to go to. Having the opportunity to have my knowledge of theology widened was a special opportunity that I will remember for a long time. Dr. Kapic dove deep and not only taught us what was expected, but helped show us where we were hurting ourselves and others with our flawed thinking and presuppositions.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A relaxed environment with an bunch of crazy, involved, and caring guys. Expect plenty of sports, video games, hikes, movies, and puns. Also, get ready for a regular dinner time, absolutely no goats, and no death lights.

 

What I'm all about

Dr. Pepper, Five Guys burgers, anything with a ball, chapel, hanging out with friends, sleep, and getting to know people. I am interested in history, sports, and business, but I will talk about anything.

 

 


 

Dillon Shaw
Dillon Shaw
Resident Assistant, Suburbs

 

Major

Computer Science, concentration in Software Development

 

Hometown

San Antonio, TX

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Data Structures & Algorithms

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Residents on my hall can expect to have an RA who's at least as excited to be here as they are, to look forward to coming back from breaks, to have plenty of opportunity for fellowship and spiritual growth, and to always know that someone is praying for them and excited to talk with them.

 

What I'm all about

I'm all about getting to know people, learning how to love God, my music and my movies, trying anything once, spending time outside and staying fit enough to justify the amount of time I spend indoors for school and video games.

 

 


 

Brittany Stout
Brittany Stout
Resident Assistant, Halcyon

 

Major

Community Development

 

Hometown

Matthews, NC

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

I really enjoyed taking Doctrine I with Dr. Kapic. Kapic approached hard topics in an extremely insightful, balanced, and refreshing way, giving me a deeper love for theology and for the Lord.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

My hope is that Halcyon would be a warm, vibrant, and inviting community — a place on campus where you feel comfortable and know you belong. A place filled with laughter, silliness, thoughtful conversations, prayer together, adventure, creativity, spunk, and dance parties, of course. A place where hall mates walk through life together, striving to love each other well through times of both hardship and rejoicing.

 

What I'm all about

I love good music, sunrises and sunsets, exploring new places, singing, driving with the windows down, connecting with other people, eating yummy food, hiking, animals, going out to breakfast, guitar, adventuring with friends (being absurd more often than not), going on walks, volleyball, dancing, New City Fellowship, flowers, sad movies, and being in nature as much as I can.

 

 


 

Abby Tosh
Abby Tosh
Resident Assistant, Harambe!

 

Major

Music (Piano Pedagogy Concentration)

 

Hometown

Bluffton, SC

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Doctrine II with Dr. Kapic was a class I never wanted to end. He was able to cast even things I had heard before in a new light. I was challenged academically, but also in the way I thought about my faith.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A huge welcome from returning Harambabes, open doors, late night conversations, movie night sleepovers in the commons, pride in being the only hall with punctuation. "Harambe!" is a Kenyan rallying cry meaning "to pull together" and my prayer is that the hall will find unity in loving Christ and each other.

 

What I'm all about

What I'm all about: Dark chocolate, chai tea, long books (Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author at the moment), visiting new places and exploring, thoughtful conversations, laughter at the end of long days, playing the piano, classical music, Philippians 4:6-7

 

“Covenant’s hall life allows you to be involved in something that is bigger than yourself. You will never have an opportunity to live with 30 guys your age and share your life, struggles, and joys together. It’s a beautiful thing that reflects God’s work in our lives.”
 - Ben Hooper '17

“I love, love, love my hall! I met these girls my first week of school and each of them have had a continuing impact on my life in various ways throughout this year. My particular hall this year had a really cool range of ages and majors... This group of girls (most of them returners to the hall) have welcomed me in since day one and have made me feel so loved and included.”
 - Brittany Stout '18
Student Growth through Residence Life | Jonathan Ingraham '07
Jonathan remembers his experience as a student in Maclellan Hall and reflects on the importance of residence life for Covenant