Ten of Lynn’s Housing and Residence Life staff members recently made housing history, receiving two first-place awards at the 2019 Florida Resident Assistant Seminar (FRAS) in Jacksonville, Fla.

Competing against other Florida universities, students Silka Dyett, Blake Frame, Max Gold, Jayla Hall, Sophie Meza, Arianna Spencer, Amalia Cardella, Karla Gonzalez, Baylee Howe and area coordinator Brian Gaida produced a roll call video that stood out for its creativity. Each university had to create a two-minute roll call video that related to the conference’s astrology theme. 

“We didn’t want to make an average video,” said Arianna Spencer, resident assistant. “We wanted to make a video that didn’t just meet the requirements, but one that would be recognizable, entertaining and memorable.”

Rather than creating a spaceship or alien-themed video like the other institutions, Lynn’s group of students took the route of using zodiac signs and produced a video spin-off of The Real Housewives of New Jersey called The Real Housewives of O-LYNN-PUS.

“I thought making the video would be stressful,” said Blake Frame, sophomore. “Being chosen to give a presentation really proved me wrong.” 

Placing first in the roll call video competition was not the only honor Lynn brought home that weekend.  Frame was also awarded the top prize for his program presentation.  His informative discussion, “What I Didn’t Learn in RA Training,” both entertained the audience with humor while also offering a heightened sense of relatability.

“I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to attend FRAS,” said Sophie Meza, resident assistant. “I was able to meet so many new people, share my experiences as a resident assistant and learn useful tips from others at the conference.”

Initially appearing as just another seminar, FRAS quickly became a memorable experience for each of the ten Housing and Residence Life staff members.  As they move forward in the spring term, they expect to implement many of the lessons they learned in Jacksonville.

Jayla Hall

Jayla Hall is in her first year of the 3.0 accelerated degree program, where she is majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in public relations. After college, Hall plans to pursue a career in broadcasting, perhaps as a host for E! News.

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