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Maclellan/Rymer Hall Residence Life Staff


 

Maclellan/Rymer Residence Director Jackie Robel Jackie Robel
Resident Director

 

E-mail

jacqueline.robel@covenant.edu

 

Years worked at Covenant

This is my first year!

 

Hometown

New Kensington, PA (close to Pittsburgh)

 

Local Church I attend

I'm in the process of looking for one, but I've loved New City Fellowship.

 

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

Well, since this is my first year in Mac, I'm not sure. From what I've seen and what I hope, I would say enthusiastic, friendly, and 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!

 

 

 

Maclellan/Rymer Assistant Resident Director Jimmy Myers Jimmy Myers
Assistant Resident Director

 

 

Resident Assistant Scott Kelley Scott Kelley ’15
Resident Assistant, Suburbs

 

Major/Minor

Business, Math

 

Hometown

Jackson, MS

 

Favorite class at Covenant

Principles of Microeconomics. This class was really interesting and challenging—it’s awesome to learn about economics with a Christ centered mindset.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Residents can expect a strong Christian community that encourages and builds one another up. I also think we’re going to have a fun time laughing and living life together.

 

What I'm all about

I love getting to know people and spending time with them. I like playing sports and hanging out outside. I’m also a big fan of Frisbee, late night discussions, and Chik-fil-a runs.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Reid Northcutt ’16 Reid Northcutt ’16
Resident Assistant, Sutherland

 

Major/Minor

Business, Economics

 

Hometown

Flintstone, GA

 

Favorite class at Covenant

Intermediate Macroeconomics with Dr. Wescher. This was the first class where I truly came to love economics and finance.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A vibrant and rambunctious group of guys who want to learn to love and serve Jesus.

 

What I'm all about

Coffee, FIFA, Spikeball, intramurals, pranks, and Arrested Development.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Amanda Board ’16 Amanda Board ’16
Resident Assistant, Halcyon

 

Major

Elementary Education

 

Hometown

Savannah, GA

 

Favorite class at Covenant

I enjoyed Christian Doctrine with professor King. I was able to dig deeper into theological issues that fascinated me, grounding me more in the truth of the gospel.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

They can expect to live in a place that is always striving to honor Christ and to seek Him first. The residents will be encouraged to work hard on their schoolwork and love one another well.

 

What I'm all about

I'm all about loving others, working hard and finding joy through Christ.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Madeline Prentis ’15 Madeline Prentis ’15
Resident Assistant, Rowan

 

Major/Minor

Biblical & Theological Studies, Biblical Languages

 

Hometown

Hudson, OH

 

Favorite class at Covenant

Hermeneutics with Dr. MacDougall. He's a boss and the class teaches you to read the bible with better contextual understanding.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Dance parties. Lots and lots of dance parties.

 

What I'm all about

Well, I can tell you one thing, I have no idea how to answer this question.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Megan Walter Megan Walter ’17
Resident Assistant, Harambe!

 

Major

History

 

Hometown

Tacoma, WA

 

Favorite class at Covenant

Introduction to History with Dr. Green. This class challenged my pre-conceived ideas about history and helped shape how I view and study the past. We also did awesome projects like writing a biography on a Chattanooga citizen from the 1800s.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Lots of good conversations (most likely with baked goods), prayer, and laughter. I hope that we can build one another up as sisters in Christ and learn to love sharing life together.

 

What I'm all about

Encouraging people, writing notes, water coloring, graphic design, good books, baking, and playing music make my heart happy.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Mark Erickson ’16 Mark Erickson ’16
Resident Assistant, The Five Points

 

Major/Minor

Biblical & Theological Studies, Music

 

Hometown

Charlotte, NC

 

Favorite class at Covenant

Elementary Hebrew with Dr. Jones. Learning Hebrew has significantly expanded my appreciation for the Old Testament, and multiple occurrences of me geeking-out about tangents on OT context, linguistics, and sometimes, dragons, just made it that much better.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A tight-knit community of brotherly love, a focus on uplifting language, and an odd brand of humor. Also, those happiness-sucking hospital death lights are never coming on, and there will be absolutely no goats.

 

What I'm all about

I’m weirdly into folk and bluegrass music, both listening to it and playing it. Not that folk and bluegrass is weird, but the level of which I am into it could be described as abnormal. The study of theology continues to intrigue me more and more. I also love mountains, both this one and those in Western North Carolina. If I had a blacklist, skinny jeans and zombie movies would be on it. I have more than one Lord of the Rings Lego set on my desk, and that should explain the rest.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Tom Buiter ’16 Tom Buiter ’16
Resident Assistant, Lawrence

 

Major/Minor

History, Biblical Languages

 

Hometown

Byron Center, MI

 

Favorite class at Covenant

International Relations. Dr. Horne did a great job presenting interesting theories that helped explain situations that seemed paradoxical. I also really appreciated how he integrated faith and learning, especially in the sphere of politics.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Someone who loves to learn, laugh, talk, and just chill. Residents on my hall can expect conversations about almost any topic.

 

What I'm all about

I love all things Michigan, Detroit, and being Dutch. I love baseball, running, and being part of a big family where Christ is central.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Katie Wos ’16 Katie Wos ’16
Resident Assistant, Chi Alpha

 

Major/Minor

English, Education

 

Hometown

Cape Town, South Africa

 

Favorite class at Covenant

Introduction to Linguistics. Language makes so much more sense after taking this class! It broadened my knowledge of what constitutes language, deepened my desire to study English further, and grew my appreciation for the beauty of language around our world!

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A community of girls who are real, opportunities to learn what it means to love deeper, good smells from the commons kitchen…always, and lots and lots of LIGHT (the Isaiah 58:10-11 kind).

 

What I'm all about

1 Cor. 15:10, getting to know people, creating and eating food that changes life, using hashtags in everyday talk, exploring places, finding beauty in the ordinary.

 

 

 

Resident Assistant Jonathan Blackmon ’17 Jonathan Blackmon ’17
Resident Assistant, Suburbs

 

Major/Minor

Biology, Biblical & Theological Studies

 

Hometown

Birmingham, AL

 

Favorite class at Covenant

In general biology with Dr. Morris, I had the joy of learning new ways that God has intricately woven together his creation so that cells, systems, proteins, etc. all work together. This class increased my faith in an involved, loving, and creative God. God’s handiwork challenged me to live in a manner worthy of the gospel.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

I think Mark Gornik in To Live in Peace puts it perfectly when he says, “Community came through having fun together, sharing our lives, and learning to be followers of Christ together.”

 

What I'm all about

Striving for Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.” I love school, sports, running, guitar, piano, food, and friends.