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Residence Life

Residence Life Staff

Residence Life is an integral part of the BSC experience. BSC residence halls are managed by a team of professionals who supervise students staff members. Student staff members include Community Coordinators and Resident Advisors who serve as resources for students in their halls, and offer leadership, guidance and help in times of crisis. Professional staff members assist students with maintenance concerns, roommate and personal issues, room selection, room changes, and any other residence life concern.

Director of Residence Life:

Tommy Murphy arrived at BSC in August 2012. Tommy has worked in student life for over eight years. Most recently he worked in residence life at Boston University, and prior to that, Dartmouth College. He earned a master’s of education from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s from Berry College. Tommy manages housing and residence life operations and oversees the entire residence life staff. He is a proud native of Georgia, but he has also lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. He is excited to now call Alabama home.

Residence Life Office Assistant:

Cheryl Waters is a native of Birmingham and comes from a background in the insurance and customer service industries. She holds an associate of science degree in business administration.

Assistant Director of Residence Life:

Lindsay Norman recently joined the residence life staff in June 2013. Lindsay comes most recently from Florida State University where she worked as a residence coordinator within the housing department. Lindsay earned her Master’s degree in College Student Affairs from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Before deciding to devote her life to the development of college students, Lindsay was an elementary art teacher in Atlanta. Lindsay loves traveling, the outdoors, and spending free time with her husband and dog Raleigh.

Graduate Area Coordinator:

Caleb McKerley is a native of Birmingham, and he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in History at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Caleb has a professional background in property management. Caleb earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. He loves music, soccer, and reading.

Residence Life Coordinator:

Joni Wiley joined the Residence Life staff in June 2014. Joni earned a Master's of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She completed her graduate internship at Ohio Northern University as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Involvement. Prior to moving to Ohio to pursue a degree in student affairs, Joni earned a Bachelor's of Social Work from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

In the Residence Halls:

Hall Advisors (HA)

Hall advisors are faculty members, staff or graduate students living in the halls. They assist the RAs in creating a rich array of social and educational programming for the residents in their buildings.

Community Coordinators (CC)

Community Coordinators are undergraduate students who have served as a Resident Advisor for at least one year. CCs serve as liaisons between students, the RA staff, and Residence Life by disseminating information or changes to students and communicating student concerns to Residence Life. Furthermore, CCs deal with major roommate issues and serve as a mentors to the RA staff.

Resident Advisors (RA)

Resident Advisors are experienced upper class students with demonstrated leadership skills who have been actively involved in residence living for at least one year. RAs wear several hats. They are campus resources, information agents, peer counselors, friends, policy enforcers, and role models. Their main goals are to build community on their floors, to assist students with their transition to college, and to create an atmosphere conducive to academic pursuit.