Saint Mary’s welcomes alumna as Regina Hall director

first_imgWhen Emerald Blankenship graduated from Saint Mary’s in May, she did not anticipate moving back to Saint Mary’s the following fall. Blankenship returned to campus last month, however, as the new Regina Hall director. “All summer, I went and did sales, and it just didn’t feel right,” Blankenship said. “Then, I got their call to ask me if I could consider applying for the hall director position, and it just kind of felt like I wasn’t done with Saint Mary’s yet.” Blankenship said this felt like the perfect opportunity to expand her skill set at a community in which she is comfortable. “I came and I interviewed, and everything just kind of felt right,” she said. “It was the kind of work environment I was looking for and a safe space to grow more professionally.”During her time at Saint Mary’s, Blankenship spent two years as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Le Mans Hall. “My residence life background has prepared me a lot because I am kind of familiar with the processes that Saint Mary’s specifically has,” she said. In addition to working in residence life before, Blankenship’s time at Saint Mary’s also instilled confidence and values in her that aid her in leading Regina Hall, she said. “I think it would’ve been harder to have this role if I hadn’t been at Saint Mary’s first,” Blankenship said. “Knowing everything that the College stands for and having those values in me really helps me uphold them within the hall.”Blankenship looks forward to instilling these values into her new residents this academic year, she said. “We have a great group of girls here,” Blankenship said. “They were all super respectful, super chill and they’re just excited to be here.”She said she is impressed with her staff so far, as they are already proposing many ideas for programs for the first-year students. “I’m really excited about my staff,” Blankenship said. “My staff is just incredible so far. They’ve been really connecting with each other and with their residents.”Blankenship said that she hopes to help her staff develop as leaders as well. “We’re trying to change the way that RAs look at their job and try to look at it more as a leadership responsibility rather than just a resume builder,” she said. “And they’re all taking it on really well.”Another aspect of her job that she enjoys, Blankenship said, is getting to know the residents and their parents as they move in.“I was really into when parents were stressed about things that weren’t going how they planned or scared about leaving their daughters and stuff,” she said. “I got to really get to know the parents a little bit more and help reassure them that this is a really great place to leave their daughters and they’re in safe hands.”Blankenship is enjoying adjusting to the new experience of living in Regina Hall as her residents did, she said. “I think that it was good for my first year to be in a first-year residence hall, because I already know how it’s done in Le Mans and how it’s done in Holy Cross, but I’ve never done it here [in Regina],” she said. “It was good to see that for the first time while they were also seeing that for the first time. We got to kind of work through it together.” Tags: Hall Director, Regina Hall, residential lifelast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Calls on Pennsylvanians to Join in “1-4-3 Day” Celebration of Kindness

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is calling upon Pennsylvanians to join the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and schools, businesses and organizations in celebrating “1-4-3 Day” on May 23 by spreading kindness in honor of Fred Rogers, who used the numbers 1-4-3 to represent the letters in “I love you.” May 23 is the 143rd day of the year.Gov. Wolf encouraged individual Pennsylvanians to R.S.V.P. here for 1-4-3 Day and invite their friends to join them.“Pennsylvania is a commonwealth founded in kindness, and I invite everyone to join me in finding small ways to make others happy on 1-4-3 Day,” said Gov. Wolf. “I’m thrilled we have already a great response to the announcement of this event, and I hope the momentum grows and we launch a movement with the kindness we show on May 23.”To celebrate 1-4-3 Day, First Lady Frances Wolf will read “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” an illustrated collection of Fred Rogers’ poetry and song lyrics, to schoolchildren. The book’s publisher, Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, will provide giveaways themed for Fred Rogers and his beloved television character, Mister Rogers. Quirk Books has also produced a free activity guide with ideas for sharing kindness.Other schools, businesses and organizations have committed to activities sharing kindness in honor of 1-4-3 Day, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Philadelphia Phillies and Steel City Brand.“Since announcing this event, we’ve experienced an outpouring of support and questions on how people can get involved,” said Carrie Lepore, Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary for Marketing, Tourism and Film. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to buy someone a coffee, write a thank-you note or just share a smile. A little kindness can go a long way.”Anyone seeking ideas for spreading kindness can visit to use a kindness generator, which includes simple but impactful ways to brighten someone’s day. The website will also include a kindness tracker, which will tally the number of good deeds shared on Twitter using the hashtag #143DayinPA. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to share their participation by joining the official Facebook event. Gov. Wolf Calls on Pennsylvanians to Join in “1-4-3 Day” Celebration of Kindness May 17, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more