Resident Assistants

As the college's representative in the residence halls, the resident assistant (RA) assumes many roles. The RA's responsibilities largely center on establishing and maintaining an atmosphere in the residence halls that is conducive to residents' overall education and development. This involves assisting students on both an individual and group basis.

The resident assistant job can generally be described in six areas:

  • General RA Skills: The RA provides leadership, initiative, and support to students. RAs are expected to actively demonstrate positive personal, academic, and job-related behaviors.
  • Helping Skills: The RA is expected to be available to discuss student concerns and problems, both individually and in groups. The RA also initiates referrals to the various specialized services available on campus and in the community.
  • Community Development: The RA provides leadership and support for educational and social activities in the residence halls. RAs promote an atmosphere where students are able to grow both academically and personally.
  • Community Constitution and By-Laws: The RA is expected to actively promote and support policies outlined in the Marlboro College community constitution and by-laws. This necessitates that the RA be thoroughly familiar with the constitution and by-laws, as well as the procedures for mediating disputes, understanding policy and reporting incidents.
  • Preparation and Planning: RAs are responsible for establishing dorm charters, as well as preparing and maintaining their residence halls. RAs are expected to complete all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Teambuilding: RAs must be able to work with other staff members in a professional manner. They should also be able to provide leadership in their dorms with enthusiasm and spirit.
  • RA Application for 2014-2015.

Resident Assistants (RAs) for 2013-2014

(Click on a dorm below to jump to the RA for that dorm)

All the Way

Daniel Kalla

Dorm: All the Way

Academic Area(s) of Focus: Education, Prison Studies, Psychology, Statistics, Sociology

Class Status: Senior 2

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

High School: Saint Paul Academy and Summit School

What advice can you offer to the incoming class?

Find a lot of things you enjoy (classes, committees, activities, etc.) and be heavily
involved in them. And make sure you get enough sleep and stay hydrated.

What is one thing every Marlboro student needs to do before they graduate?

I think the whole point of Marlboro is that there’s not a single thing that every person
should be doing (except Writing Requirement and Plan); everyone should just make sure
to do something(s) really passionately. (Also, Town Meeting.)

In two words, how would you describe yourself?

Prisons, ebullient.                                                              

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Half Way

Lily Kane

Dorm: Half Way

Academic Area(s) of Focus: Psychology, Writing, Dance

Class Status: Sophomore 1

Hometown: Gill, Massachusetts

High School: Northfield Mount Hermon

Favorite Quotation:

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” -Voltaire

What advice can you offer to the incoming class?

Bring boots, woolen socks, and do something fun every day.

What is your favorite method of procrastination?

I love to look up recipes and then spend the day trying them out or just planning really delicious meals.

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Happy Valley

James Turpin

Sophomore 1

Dorm:  Happy Valley

Academic Area(s) of Interest:

Home Town:

High School: 

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Caitlin Hargrove

Junior 1

Dorm: Hendricks

Academic Area(s) of Focus: Psychology

Hometown: Round Rock, Texas

High School: Stony Point High School

Favorite Quotation:

Any situation in which some individuals prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is violent. The means used are not important; to alienate human beings from their own decision-making is to change them into objects. 
- Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

What is one thing every Marlboro student needs to do before they graduate?

Their homework?
Hehe. In all seriousness, I would say studying abroad or going on an academic trip. Marlboro offers so many, and it’s an opportunity to really learn about another culture, and also learn about something academically interesting to you while you’re in that culture. You win-win.

Do you have any bad habits?

I don’t eat anything that’s good for me; I always want a milkshake.

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Howland East

Jonathan Earle

Sophomore 1

Dorm: Howland East

Academic Area(s) of Focus: Science?

Class Status: Sophomore 1

Hometown: Barnstable, Massachusetts

High School: Sturgis Charter School

What advice can you offer to the incoming class?

Never fool yourself!

In two words, how would you describe yourself?

The-greatest-there-ever-was, humble.

If you were making a movie about yourself, who would play you?

A young Tom Hanks. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim would play every other character.

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Howland West

Claire Trail

Dorm: Howland West

Class of 2015

Hometown: West Glover, Vermont

Academic Area(s) of Interest: Environmental Studies

High School:  Homeschooled

Favorite Quotation:

"What's comin' will come an' we'll meet it when it does."  Rubeus Hagrid (J.K. Rowling)

If you were making a movie about yourself, who would play you?

A slightly less adorably awkward Felicia Day

What is one thing every Marlboro student needs to do before they graduate?

Walk to the Stone Circle at night, preferable alone, and listen.

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Marlboro Gardens

Amelia Brown

Dorm:  Marlboro Gardens

Nickname: Toaster

Academic Area(s) of Focus: International politics, Islam, Human Rights

Class Status: Junior 2

Hometown: Potsdam, NY

High School: Homeschooled/ The Clarkson School

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday on campus?

There are so many perfect ways to spend Saturdays, between taking the van down to
Brattleboro, rounding up a group of friends to go sledding or have a snow ball fight,
hiking or exploring, or just chilling still in the dining hall talking with friends, I always
wonder why my Saturdays end up in the library...

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Flight. Duh. I’m still waiting for Peter Pan to show up at my window.

·What is your favorite method of procrastination?

I'm hugely unoriginal. Netflix and sci-fi TV shows always have been and always will be

my favored method of ignoring homework. Unless, of course, it is talking the day away

with friends.


Marlboro North (Movies from Marlboro)

Reily Mumpton

Class of 2015

Dorm: Marlboro North

Hometown: Altmar, New York

High School: Homeschooled 

Academic Area(s) of Interest: Film Studies and History

Favorite Quotation:

"What's the point of wearing your favorite rocket-ship underpants if nobody ever asks to see 'em?" - Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Advice For an Incoming Class:

Get involved with the community. It's really easy to just sign up for classes, and then disappear into your cave (room) or only ever hang out with a small group of people, however your experience at Marlboro will be infinitely more fulfilling if you join committees, attend town meeting, go on trips with the OP and really submerse yourself in everything that Marlboro has to offer, both as a college and community.

What is one thing every Marlboro student needs to do before they graduate?

Two things. 1. Go Contra Dancing. There's a huge community of Contra events local and it's such a wonderful way to meet people and enjoy an evening of social dance. 2. Take a night hike to South Pond. It's such a beautiful, wonderful experience, just to be out in the woods on a quiet night beneath the stars hiking with friends... Just to take some time to get away from campus.

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Out of the Way & Semi-Independent

Patrick Magee

Senior 1

Dorm(s):  Out of the Way and Semi-Independent Housing

Academic Areas of Focus: Political Science, Writing, Classic Liberalism, Ron Paul

Hometown: Honeoye Falls, New York

High School: Honeoye Falls–Lima

Favorite Quotation:

He not busy being born is busy dying - Dylan (not Dylan Thomas – whoever he was – as a less hip person might confuse).

Favorite Method of Procrastination:

I rather like to think listening to Harry Potter audiobooks and playing Age of Mythology as inspirational, and not strictly procrastinating. I am sort of reading, and sort of learning about mythology!

My Role Model:

Harry Chapin: an unfortunately unsung singer/songwriter who devoted his life, or “brief flicker of light in this world,” to feeding the hungry, making bright the bleakest outlook – particularly America's – and strengthening what he saw as severely weakened human connections. By singing a taxi cab driver's story, or a waitresses', or a folk singer's he sought to “heal the cracks that split apart America gone plastic.”

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Random North

Victoria Fura


Dorm: Random North

Academic Area(s) of Focus: Literature and Women’s Studies

Hometown: New Haven, Connecticut, and Littleton, New Hampshire

High School: The White Mountain School

What advice can you offer to the incoming class?

Don’t be afraid to just start a random conversation with someone. They’re probably just as nervous/ or excited to meet new people as you are.

Who is your role model?

I love skiing…Ingrid Backstrom is amazing.

What is one thing every Marlboro student needs to do before they graduate?

Hear john Sheehy read A River Runs Through It aloud.

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Random South

Mary Gilmore

Pronouns: she/her

Academic Area(s) of Focus: Anthropology, Sociology, Photography, Law

Class Status: Sophomore 2

Hometown: Evanston, Illinois

High School: Evanston Township High School


  • FFavorite Quotation:


  • “A free man thinks of nothing less than of death, and his wisdom is a meditation on life not on death” - EIV P67 Benedict de Spinoza



  • What advice can you offer to the incoming class?


  • Don’t overload yourself your first semester. If you’re the type to do that I know you won’t listen to me, but take some time to enjoy life and get used to the campus dynamics.



  • What is one thing every Marlboro student needs to do before they graduate?
  • Go take advantage of one (or many!) of Marlboro’s numerous concerts, talks or presentations.  They are always free and you won’t be able to find events like this for free after you graduate!


  • Who is your role model?


  • A demi-god person I have created in my mind who is made up of both of my parent’s best characteristics; they are extremely different people so this made-up person is


  • If you could have any super power, what would it be?


  • I just want to be able to float places, I don’t feel like that’s too much to ask.


  • What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at Marlboro?


  • I love John Sheehy, all of my interactions with him are hilarious.  I frequently wear sunglasses over my regular glasses and at one point last year Sheehy told me that I looked like an 80 year-old retired woman residing in Florida.


  • If you were making a movie about yourself, who would play you?


  • Ellen Page, even though I hate her.


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Kirsten Wiking

Senior 1

Dorm: Schrader

Academic Area(s) of Focus: Visual Arts, Asian Studies

Hometown: McCall, Idaho

High School: North Fork School

What advice can you offer to the incoming class?

Let go of any ideas of what you think you want to study. At the beginning of the semester, attend as many and as varied intro classes as possible, and then pick your semester’s classes with your, ahem, heart. You might be surprised by what catches your interest, even if it seems totally out of the blue.

Do you have any bad habits?

I have a hopeless sweet tooth, and have been known to impress with my ability of eating entire cartons of coffee ice cream in one sitting.

Who is your role model?

Since I'm in the middle of the series at the moment, Daenerys Stormborn and Ayra Stark from the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin are my two badass literary role models at the moment.