Pioneer Spotlight: Kathryn Peck
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Kathryn Peck is the resident director of Morrow Hall. She is originally from Saginaw, Mich., and attended Northern Michigan University where she received a degree in secondary education. Peck is an advisor of the Residence Hall Association and assists with the semi-annual blood drive sponsored by RHA. The event will be held on Feb. 25-27.
What parts of your job inspire you?
Interacting with students and watching them grow is a very enjoyable part of my job. I also like to work with the hall council to develop young leaders.
How have you incorporated community service into the activities in Morrow Hall?
We hold events that promote building a community in our residence hall. Morrow Works Week is held every year and we do a different community service event each day of the week. This semester, we are holding a service auction to benefit Passing on Hope, a charity started by one of the students in our building.
Describe student involvement in the annual blood drive?
The UW-Platteville Residence Hall Association has held a semi-annual blood drive for many years. Students at UW-Platteville have made our university the largest donor of 800 plus units for a school of our size. The donation of that size helps save a lot of lives. The blood drive is a great opportunity for students to get volunteer hours by helping at the event. The executive board of the Residence Hall Association works diligently to put on the event and make a difference.
What is the most important part of your job as a residence hall director?
Getting to know the staff and students in the hall is the biggest part of my job. As we get to know each other, the staff ensures students are safe and can become part of a community. I want residents to be happy and grow as students and individuals. I am here as a resource to help with anything that the student needs.
Will you be taking on any other special projects in the future?
In the future, I will be working as the summer camps and conferences coordinator for Residence Life, working closely with Conference Services, here at UW-Platteville. This involves coordinating with Rountree, Bridgeway Southwest Hall, and the traditional halls to make sure staff and rooms are ready to host the summer events.
Are there any programs that you would especially encourage residents to take part in?
I would remind residents that the Friday Night Club is a safe and fun program series that hosts activities throughout the semester. I encourage students to take advantage of the activities sponsored by the residence halls.
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