Peru, Nebraska – Cory Moen, Director of Residence Life at Peru State College, recently announced the newly-selected residence hall staff for the 2022-23 academic year.

Moen commented, “We are excited about this team of Resident Assistants for the 2022-23 academic year! Their role in our campus community is key to the student experience living on campus at Peru State. We believe this will be a fantastic group of student leaders for our on-campus students.”

Eight newcomers will join six veteran staff members for the upcoming year.

The newcomers include Rylee Hellbusch, sophomore middle level education – natural science major from Plattsmouth; Lauren Moubray, sophomore disease and human health major from Mission, Texas; Cole Nahlik, sophomore management major from Washington, Mo.; Gavin Smith, sophomore pre-nursing major from Omaha; Emily Taggs, junior middle level education – natural science major from Harlan, Iowa; Chaney Weiss, sophomore pre-nursing major from Beatrice; Gracie Wenzel – sophomore kinesiology major from Arthur; and Elli Williams, sophomore pre-medicine major from Olathe, Kan.

The returning staff includes Ryan Arnold, senior biochemical science major from Beatrice; Andrew Black Elk, senior accounting major from Rushville; Sarah Davis-Kovarik, junior history major from Palmyra; Camaryn Gydesen, senior biochemical science major from Odell; Daniela Lagunas, senior pre-physician assistant major from Hastings; and Jaelynn Muhr, senior elementary education and K-12 music education major from Mitchell.

New to being an RA, Nahlik stated, “I wanted to become an RA so that I could help build a connection between the college and its students. There are opportunities with a small school like Peru to make a difference in the community. Whether that is putting on events in Delzell or getting out in Peru and the surrounding areas to do good for others. I am excited for the opportunity to help myself and others to grow into better members of our community and continue to make Peru State College a place where students can feel like they belong.”

Davis-Kovarik, who has had one year of experience as an RA, said, “I wanted to return as an RA because it has helped me grow as a person. This position has allowed me to get to know different girls, and it has been great to make those connections. I have loved being a part of the RA team and creating unique relationships with all the RAs and the Morgan RAs. Next year, I hope to continue to grow and build more connections. For a Morgan event, I really want to paint flowerpots and plant several types of plants in them. I think this will be a fun activity that girls will like!”

The Residence Life staff will undergo intense training at the beginning of August as they prepare for their duties for the 2022-23 academic year.