Texas Tech University

Residence Life Coordinators

Residence Hall Coordinators for the Halls

University Student Housing at Texas Tech University promotes each student's learning experience by creating safe, supportive learning environments for academic and personal success. University Student Housing is committed to the total development of the resident within an inclusive community through student leadership opportunities, programming, residence hall standards, and supportive learning environments in the residence halls.

The Residence Life Coordinator (RLC), as an educator, works to provide direction for student learning and academic success by managing/co-managing a residence hall and coordinating the administrative, supervisory, and programmatic efforts for an educational area of one to three buildings housing 500 – 1,100 students. As a live-in staff member of University Student Housing, the Residence Life Coordinator is responsible for the development of comfortable living and learning communities that foster academic success. This is achieved by assisting individuals with their personal needs and concerns, supervising student support staff, and advising student leadership groups.

Jaclyn Austin

Jaclyn Austin is the Residence Life Coordnator for Coleman Hall

Alma Mater(s): University of Central Arkansas
Degree(s) Earned: B.S. Addiction Studies, M.S. College Student Personnel Services and Administration.

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

I love the campus environment. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming, and willing to help in any way they can.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I love the challenge of creating new initiatives and continuing what has already been started while making it better. I'm able to take what I'm doing and make it my own while still keeping the Texas Tech spirit.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

The department really is a big family. We spend so much time together. You learn so many things about everyone you work with. I don't worry about whether or not I have support from my coworkers, I know that I do.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

I love being able to find different things to do everywhere I look, whether it's trying new restaurants every weekend or going to a clay class with my friends. I'm never without options.

Christine Cain

Christine Cain is the Residence Life Coordnator for Murray, Carpenter/Wells, and Honors

Alma Mater(s): Teachers College, Columbia University; Creighton University
Degree(s) Earned: B.A. English, M.A. Higher and Postsecondary Education

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

Some would call it school pride, but it's really more about presence. Texas Tech just has something that pulls people in and brings them together, and you can see that whether you are on campus or out exploring Lubbock. This university doesn't function in it's own little bubble, but is truly a part of the community that surrounds it.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

Housing is often the place where students begin their Texas Tech experience. What I love the most about my job is that I am able to provide opportunities for residents to meet new people, get involved, and build tradition through the programs and resources that housing offers.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

Supportive. Whether we are talking about fellow staff members or students, I can count on USH to put in the extra effort to meet the needs of the people who make up our Tech community.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

I like that you can get lit bit of everything here in Lubbock. Art, music, sports, good food, the great outdoors... it's all here!

Colleen Cate

Colleen Cate is the Residence Life Coordnator for Talkington

Alma Mater(s): University of Wisconsin – Whitewater; Arkansas Tech University
Degree(s) Earned: B.B.A. Business Management, M.S. College Student Personnel

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

The branding is amazing to me! I love how focused in everyone is on the double T, Raider Red, and everything red and black. The pride students show in their university really draws outsiders in and it's awesome to see so many people stand behind one thing.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I love helping others and helping to improve their day. Working with students and student leaders can be challenging at times, but when they have a good day, I have a good day as well. It's exciting to take a student from unmotivated or unsure to excited and passionate about something.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

I would describe USH as student centered. Customer service is the number one priority here and it's great to see everyone in the department working together towards that goal. Everyone is very understanding and excited to work with people, new and returning!

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

It's the biggest town I've lived in since high school! There are so many little shops or restaurants to explore and find. A lot of people have a lot of different favorite spots and it's fun to hear all there is to do. People may describe the town as small, but it's also pretty mighty. It can stand its own. I also love how nice everyone is, on campus and in the community!

Scott Cooke

Scott Cooke is the Residence Life Coordnator for Stangel/Murdough

Alma Mater(s): Central Michigan University, Indiana State University
Degree(s) Earned: B.S. in Physical Education, M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

I really love the pride and excitement that students, staff and faculty have for Texas Tech!

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

My favorite part of this position is watching students grow! I love to see how students change from move-in to move out and to graduation.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

University Student Housing is a large department that wants to support you. Its hard to go a day without talking to other people in USH, and its also very hard to go a day without laughing with other people in this department.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

There are so many different places to eat, you could probably eat at a different restaurant every day for a year without repeating the same location.

Melissa Curler

Melissa Curler is the Residence Life Coordnator for Hulen/Clement

Alma Mater(s): University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Oakland University
Degree(s) Earned: B.S. Psychology, M.Ed. Higher Education Leadership

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

I love that everywhere you look at Tech the Double T can be found. There is so much pride here, I honestly cannot compare it to any other experience I have had. I also love the traditions. Texas Tech has so many rich traditions and I love learning about each individual one.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I love working with the students, the student staff, and the amazing professional staff. I have the opportunity to develop students and see their growth from move-in to graduation. As far as the professional staff, I feel that I am supported in every way and I am totally comfortable approaching anyone for help.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

University Student Housing focuses on customer service and the development of the student holistically. We want our students to have the best possible experience in our residence halls and we will do anything we can to make sure they are. The student experience is our main priority.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

For West Texas, there is a lot to do. There are so many places to explore and there really is something that appeals to everyone.

Tamera Dunn

Tamera Dunn is the Residence Life Coordnator for Horn/Knapp

Alma Mater(s): Northwest Missouri State University, Valdosta University
Degree(s) Earning: B.S. History, M.Ed. Higher Education Leadership

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

The spirit of Red Raider Nation! Texas Tech is a wonderful place to get to know a wide variety of individuals who all strive for honor everyday.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I truly enjoy working with the students and staff! The opportunity to supervise and advise passionate individuals helps me feel fulfilled as a professional.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

University Student Housing is unlike the 'typical'. While we may do the typical things you'd expect in housing, we always have our unique Tech spin to ensure we are not only getting the job done, but we are making positive memories for ourselves and others. There is always someone to chat with who can open your eyes to new potential or experiences available.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

Lubbock is a great place to experience a variety of things you wouldn't find in a small town while also being within a drive to a larger city if you miss the city lights. I also appreciate living in a genuine college town as it is great to interact with the community and experience their passion for Texas Tech!

Anthony Holmes

Anthony Holmes is the Residence Life Coordnator for West Village

Alma Mater(s): Berea College, Valdosta State University, Emory University
Degree(s) Earned: B.A. Psychology, M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, M. Divinity

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

I am particularly fond of the school spirit at Texas Tech. Here we use the ‘guns up' symbol to say hello, and it's nearly impossible to find anyone on campus that bleeds something other than scarlet and black. The school spirit extends to the city. Whether you're in the airport, grocery store, or coffee shop, it's all about Texas Tech and I am thoroughly excited to call this place my home.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I love working with the students in each of the residence halls. Every day I get to cultivate leaders, and I am inspired by their dedication, energy, and ambition. As an RLC I get to be a resource for the students. I have the privilege of helping students achieve their lifelong goals, and in the process, I continue to grow.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

I would describe USH as a family oriented department. We ensure student development and success, but we also make time to attend to one another. Here the worker and the person is taken into consideration. USH is a place that helps you reach your goals and helps you to become a better leader.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

I really enjoy the people in Lubbock, Texas. Everyone is down to earth and there is always a park event, musical, or sporting event to go to with your friends. Lubbock also has some of the best food around. You can try a new restaurant every weekend, and around Lubbock, there is always good company.

Alyssa Klingler

Alyssa Klingler is the Residence Life Coordnator for Bledsoe/Gordon/Sneed

Alma Mater(s): Fairleigh Dickinson, Rowan University
Degree(s) Earned: B.A. Communication Studies, M.A. Public Relations

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

The home away from home feel that our campus has. The school spirt and pride that our students have. The close knit community that the University has with the town of Lubbock.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I love having the opportunity to work with students and staff. Having the opportunity to work with and supervise student leaders is a passion of mine. I also enjoy having the opportunity to see our students growth from the first day in the fall to the last day in the spring.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

The University of Student Housing department is a large department with a small family like feel. The department strives to serve students and guide them to their success at Texas Tech. USH also strives to give their staff opportunity to learn and grow in their professional journey.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

I fully enjoy the close knit community that Lubbock has and the pride that the community has for Texas Tech. There are lots of great restaurants in Lubbock and you will never go hungry. Finally I love the music and art culture that Lubbock has and the events they put on for their fellow community members.

Elizabeth McDonald

Elizabeth McDonald is the Residence Life Coordnator for Wall/Gates

Alma Mater(s): University of South Alabama, University of Alabama
Degree(s) Earned: B.A. History and French, M.A. Higher Education Administration

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

I love the warm and welcoming nature of the university. Although I have only been here a short while, I already feel a part of the university family!

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I love working with students, especially our wonderful student staff members. Any day I can have a good belly laugh with one our students is a good day in my book!

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

I love how our department is so proactive and forward thinking. They are very anticipatory and mindful of the future and the wellbeing of our students.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

Lubbock is actually a lot bigger than you think! Lubbock has plenty of shopping options and cute coffee shops available for this shopaholic, and to get my espresso fix!

Justin Smith

Justin Smith is the Residence Life Coordnator for Chitwood/Weymouth

Alma Mater(s): University of Central Florida, Florida International University
Degree(s) Earned: B.A. Public Administration, M.S. Higher Education Administration

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

There is a lot to love about Texas Tech! My favorite thing has to be school spirit. It's neat to watch how much pride students, staff, and the community alike have in Tech. There is also many fun things to see and do around campus! Watching the football team is also a big plus, and I really love the lazy river at the rec center.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I enjoy working with students and helping them transition to the college environment, seeing them get involved, and becoming successful Red Raiders! I also love working directly with student staff, GHCs, and SBAs and watching them blossom into successful individuals in the workplace and in life. Overall, the number of great opportunities we are afforded here at Tech, and in University Student Housing, are amazing and developmental!

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

The first word that comes to mind is family. Everyone in the department cares about their work and serving students and goes the extra mile to ensure success. While we also work really hard in our roles, we take the time to get to know each other outside of work through social opportunists, and often times participate in "West Texas Chit Chat," and act as a big family!

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

Despite what some people may say, I think that there's actually quite a lot to do in Lubbock. Many fun activities, both indoors and out, await you! I enjoy Prairie Dog Town, finding new bike routes, going to the movies, or venturing out and trying new restaurants (there are hundreds - from familiar chains to local Lubbock gems). I also really appreciate that there's a good majority of the stores from home that I'm used to!

Residence Life Coordinator for Student Development

University Student Housing at Texas Tech University promotes each student's learning experience by creating safe, supportive learning environments for academic and personal success. University Student Housing is committed to the total development of the resident within an inclusive community through student government, programming, residence hall standards, and supportive learning environments in the residence halls.

The Residence Life Coordinator for Student Development (RLCSD), as an educator, works with the Assistant Director for Student Leadership Development to provide support for student leadership and development for residents living on the Texas Tech campus. The RLCSD is responsible for the advisement of assigned student leadership groups and associated events, conferences, and training while utilizing effective risk management and assessment practices.

Alyson Cole

Alyson Cole is the Residence Life Coordnator for Student Development

Alma Mater(s): Central Michigan University, Northern Illinois University
Degree(s) Earned: B.S. English, M.S.Ed. Adult & Higher Education

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

The thing I love most is the amount of school spirit and pride. Everywhere you go on campus or within the Lubbock community, you can spot Double T's, see others giving the ‘Guns Up' signal, or see someone wearing Tech attire. It brings us all together as Red Raiders every day.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I love being able to work with energetic and dedicated student leaders on a daily basis. Helping students get involved in leadership roles, find their passion areas, and work towards creating a community within the residence halls are just a few of the things I enjoy about my job. Working with student leadership is always a rewarding adventure!

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

USH is a very welcoming department! I served as an ACUHO-I intern during grad school and fell in love with the student-centered approach as well as the SERVE TECH customer service model. We work hard, play hard, and consider each other family.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

There are plenty of things to do to keep busy in Lubbock—more restaurants than you can imagine, museums, Prairie Dog Town, places to shop, volunteer opportunities, Moonlight Musicals, and the 4th on Broadway festival have been some of my favorite aspects!

Residence Life Coordinator for Community Engagement & Service

Anthony Ward

Anthony Ward is the Residence Life Coordnator for Community Engagement & Service

Alma Mater(s): Stetson University, Florida Atlantic University
Degree(s) Earned: B.S. Chemistry, M.Ed. Higher Education Leadership and Research

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

I love the school's Culture and Spirit. It is easy to see how invested students are in the success of the University. I also really appreciate the family environment of the university and its different offices.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I enjoy being a part of my students\' educational journey. Developing the "holistic student" allows me to create enriching experiences that will provide students with the tools needed to be successful outside of the college environment.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

Besides being great facilitators of customer service, University Student Housing creates the warm feeling of being home!

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

I love the fact that we are so close to many natural amenities (Palo Duro, Carlsbad Cavern). Lubbock is also a great place to enjoy different music genres, fantastic theater productions, great food, and sports.

Residence Life Coordinator for Social Justice Education

Ben Braddock

Ben Braddock is the Residence Life Coordnator for Social Justice Education

Alma Mater(s): Ohio University
Degree(s) Earned: B.A. Psychology & African American Studies, M.Ed. College Student Personnel

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

Positivity and education are profoundly important to me and I absolutely adore the focus we place on those two values here at Tech. Here at Tech I love how encouraged I feel to further my development as a positive person, educator, leader, customer service provider, and helper.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I love teaching, it's in my bones. Whether it's in front of a group or in a one-on-one setting I absolutely love that I get to engage students and staff in life changing conversations daily. On top of that I love social justice, and I feel profoundly blessed that I get though share that love with others through my position and encourage those around me to learn to love social justice too.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

From my very first phone call with the department, I have always been struck by how incredibly welcome I've been made to feel here at USH. To me Lubbock really is the friendliest city in the US, and a huge part of that is USH. I have never worked anywhere that felt more positive, more welcoming, more fun, or friendlier than USH here at Tech.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

I love how beautiful the campus is, whether we're talking about the trees, the buildings, or the public art I absolutely adore walking around this campus. Plus, I'm a huge movie guy and I cannot express how much I have absolutely loved visiting the Alamo theatre here in Lubbock.

Residence Life Coordinator of Student Intervention

Jacob Hilton

Jacob Hilton is the Residence Life Coordnator for Student Intervention

Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University
Degree(s) Earned: B.A. Sociology, M.A. Guidance and Counseling

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

I love the school pride found here at Texas Tech. Students are invested in the university along with the staff. You can quickly feel like you are part of a family.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I enjoy working with students staff. We create amazing programs to help engage our student body. It is rewarding for me to see and hear students learn and have fun.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

University Student Housing here at Texas Tech is willing to bring fresh thinkers and innovators onto their staff. You are always being taught not only through solid training practices but through exposure to amazing colleagues and supervisors.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

Lubbock is a big laid back town. It is easy to find something to do that is family friendly and even easier to find a good plate of food.

Residence Life Coordinator of Civic Engagement & Outreach

Paige Muehlenkamp

Paige Muehlenkamp is the Residence Life Coordnator for Civic Engagement & Outreach

Alma Mater(s): University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Texas Tech University
Degree(s) Earned: B.S. Political Science, M. Public Administration

What do you love most about Texas Tech?

I love the big school feel and the school spirit that can be felt throughout the Lubbock community.

What aspects of your position do you enjoy most?

I enjoy working with our student staff. They are an impressive group both academically and professionally. I love having the opportunity to interact with them daily and help them develop.

How would you describe the University Student Housing Department to a potential candidate?

We are a very administrative and customer service oriented department. We as employees have a lot of professional development opportunities and we are a pretty fun group.

What are some things you enjoy about living in Lubbock, Texas?

The sunsets are amazing. Pretty much every night is Instagram worthy. I also enjoy all of the community events that Lubbock has to offer. Everything from art, to music, to sports.