Introducing the team that’s working hard to make the coming school year the best ever for CUW residents!
The start of the fall semester is nearly upon us, and that means the Residence Life crew is already hard at work. Resident Assistants (RAs) and Assistant Resident Directors (ARDs) —a team of more than 50 undergraduates—returned to campus this week to undergo extensive training for the semesters ahead.
Under the leadership of Director of Residence Life Beckie Kruse, the Res Life team is comprised of:
- Resident Directors
- Assistant Resident Directors
- Resident Assistants
- Alternate Resident Assistants
- Auxiliary roles including AbleLight RAs and Faith Associates
Take a moment to get to know the leaders of our halls!
Augsburg & Coburg
Kyle McCarragher • RD
If I’m not on campus, I can be found…frequenting Fiddleheads Coffee and Espresso Bar enjoying a well-crafted blended mocha while working on grad school work.
Something on my bucket list is…to see a Liverpool vs. Manchester City soccer game at Anfield (Liverpool’s home stadium in England).
A little known fact about me is…my “spirit vegetable” is a hatch green chile pepper (I just made this discovery only recently!).
Yannik Gruner (’23) • ARD • Coburg
If you see me on campus, you should ask me about…literally anything YOU would like to discuss! I love talking about politics, sports, and finance, but I am an open book. My experiences of being an international student tend to come up quite often too.
Something on my bucket list is…to take my family to see the northern lights in Iceland.
A little known fact about me is…I’ve lived in three different states since starting my journey in the US in 2016.
Gabe Pruss, Katherine Fleming, Sophia Lally, Emily Hoerl, Grant Karsten, Lily Atwood, Bernie Van Den Heuvel, Olivia Olson Hartwig, Josh Dudek, Angelina Reiter
Abbie Becker (’23) • ARD • Augsburg
If I could pick a famous roommate, I’d pick…Martha Stewart. She seems like a cool lady and she’d always cook wonderful food items for me to try, so it would be a cook and roommate all in one!
Something on my bucket list is…to go skydiving! I think it would be so cool but I’m too scared to go quite yet.
If I am not on campus, I’m probably…on a bike ride somewhere around campus or in Mequon.
Alexandros Alexiades, Drew Mickelson, London Kubisiak, Eleni Dalamangas, Katrina Erickson
Liv Bloom • RD
If I could pick a famous roommate from TV, it would be…Paris Geller from Gilmore Girls. She is straight to the point, loyal to others and her work, and she isn’t afraid to give you a little push when necessary.
Something on my bucket list is…to go backpacking across Europe, just me and a backpack (and my husband).
If I’m not on campus, I might be…in Michigan hanging out with family (where I am originally from).
Lynnsey Thayer (’23) • ARD
If I’m not on campus, I can be found…at a coffee shop, probably, but not the same one each time because I really enjoy finding new ones.
If I could pick a famous roommate from TV, it would be…Jenna Fischer (aka Pam). She is really funny and I love The Office.
Something on my bucket list is…to go skydiving, preferably before I graduate but we will see!
Ben Groll, Gloria Maxson, Sam Meerstein, Sydney Lilienthal, Nicholas Klein, Brooke Braga, Joshua Peterson, Abigail Popp, Jordan Wright, Kathryn Ousdigian
Heidelberg & Wittenberg
Josh Warlick • RD
If I’m not on campus, I can be found…at a local game store playing games, camping, or watching basketball.
A little known fact about me is…that I accidentally agreed to put out a forest fire in Guatemala because I didn’t speak Spanish super well.
If I could pick a famous roommate from TV, it would be…Troy Barnes from Community. Things would never be dull and we could have a “dreamatorium.”
Paul Ball (’23) • ARD • Wittenberg & Heidelberg
A little known fact about me is…I am an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America.
If I’m not on campus, I can be found…spending time with family and friends.
If you see me on campus, you should ask me about…the Minnesota Vikings.
McKenna Augustine, Sabrina Moore, Kristin Karas, Molly Prendergast, Eli Wallace, Noah Jeseritz, Jonah Jurss
Michael Joshua, Austin Northern
Katharine and Wartburg
Quinn Roekle • RD
If you see me on campus, you should ask me about…whether or not I need a snack…and then get me that snack.
A little known fact about me is…the second toe on my left foot is as short as the fourth toe.
If I could pick a famous roommate from TV, it would be…Winston Bishop from New Girl! He’s delightfully strange and makes anything fun and interesting.
Georgiana Isken (’23) • ARD • Wartburg & Katherine
If you see me on campus, you should ask me about…all of the adventures I went on while living in North Carolina.
If I’m not on campus, I can be found…visiting my family at home or out adventuring with my friends.
Something on my bucket list is…traveling to Greece.
Kayla Nommensen, KJ Jiles, Victoria Fuller, Morgan Richards
Nataysia Swope, Grace Sheedy
Mason Brown • RD
If I could pick a famous roommate from TV, it would be…Joey Tribbiani (from Friends)!
If I’m not on campus, I am…either on the golf course or the hiking trails.
Something on my bucket list is…visiting every continent before I die.
AJ Theisz (’23) • ARD
A little known fact about me is…I am a proud plant dad. 🙂
If you see me on campus, you should ask me about…anything! I really love to learn and gain insight from other people’s life philosophies.
Something on my bucket list is…to learn American Sign Language. I want to be able to support clients with hearing difficulties as a therapist.
Adam Urban, Olivia Niego, Edward Braatz, Grace Spaletto, Nathaniel Bloxdorf, Hannah Himmelman, Ethan Hribar
— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-243-2149.
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