Maclellan/Rymer Hall Residence Life Staff

Jackie Robel
Jackie Robel
Resident Director

 

E-mail

jacqueline.robel@covenant.edu

 

Years worked at Covenant

I'm in my third year.

 

Hometown

New Kensington, PA (close to Pittsburgh)

 

Local Church I attend

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church

 

College(s) attended and degrees earned

M.A. in Higher Education, Geneva College, 2013
B.A. in Intercultural Communication, Geneva College, 2010

 

Best residence life memory from my college days

I don't have one big memory. Instead, I think of a zillion wonderful moments in the residence halls! I loved living alongside people, getting them involved in events like ice skating parties, Big Bad Big Wheel Rallies (hilarious!), Bible studies, campus retreats, or early morning pancake breakfasts.
I loved studying and processing our classes together (New Testament Greek and political science study fests are the best!), and getting together to talk, study God's Word, and really think about how our faith should be lived out as college students and how we can live intentionally with one another as a community of believers.
I also LOVE to laugh and will always treasure the many nights of laughing until I cried...so many wonderful moments of hilarity and just delighting in being surrounded by people you love! Basically, I love residence life!

 

Favorite way to spend a Saturday

Sleeping in a bit, eating a good homemade breakfast, having a more relaxed devotional time, going to Zumba with friends, working really hard on something for 3-4 hours so I can cross things off my list, and then spending the evening with people talking, exploring, eating, reading together, or watching something (I've been on a Downton Abbey, White Collar, and Smallville kick most recently).

 

Three words to describe life in Maclellan/Rymer

Ethusiastic, friendly, thoughtful.

 

Best thing about my job

Living alongside others as they go through the college experience! I love learning, but especially learning as a community, whether it’s inside or outside the classroom. I love lectures from professors, engaging conversations, intramurals, serving the community, writing papers, Bible studies, campus events, connecting with a local church community, movies, learning about new people and cultures—really all the things that go into a good college experience!
It is a delight to serve students by helping them to connect what they are learning in the classroom to their faith as they try to figure out how to faithfully serve Christ in all spheres of life. This is a hugely formative time of life and it is a joy to walk alongside students and my fellow staff members as we seek to be faithful members of the kingdom of God in the ways that we grow together spiritually, socially, and academically, seeking to create a community of service to one another as we use this time well to learn and engage in God's world!

 

 


 

Mary Grace Padgett
Mary Grace Padgett ’17
Resident Assistant, Rowan

 

Major

Elementary Education

 

Hometown

Charlotte, NC

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Teaching in a Pluralistic Society (TIPS) with Dr. Haddad was one of my hardest classes so far, but the work was worth it. My perspective was broadened in terms of learning from, teaching, and serving people from different cultures. Our readings and discussions have shaped my thinking in other classes as well, truly transforming how I look at the God’s world.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Lots of returning Rowanites eager to welcome them, baked treats and tea, prayer with other girls, laughter, and a huge teddy bear named Luther.

 

What I'm all about

Friends who share both laughter and truth, baking, hiking, spending time with kids, learning from other people, and delivering chocolate.

 

 


 

Lauren MacDougall
Lauren MacDougall ’18
Resident Assistant, Harambe!

 

Major

International Studies

 

Hometown

Colorado Springs, CO

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

International Relations with Dr. Horne. I greatly enjoyed learning about different theories and perspectives on how states interact, and with Dr. Horne as the professor, IR is definitely at the top of my list.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Expect lots of laughter, memories, and growth as we learn what it means to experience God’s grace in the midst of brokenness.

 

What I'm all about

Thought-provoking conversations, traveling, adventure, Nutella, hikes, music, spontaneity, debate, coffee shops, questions, and finding beauty in the mundane. I want to be a person who makes the daily decision to die to self and embody Christ.

 

 


 

Kate Baker
Kate Baker ’17
Resident Assistant, Halcyon

 

Major

Community Development

 

Hometown

Titusville, PA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

I really enjoyed Theories of Community Development with Professor Corbett and Dr. Fikkert. This class challenged me to think through my role as a Christian in community development. It taught me that I should build my life around the church and that I should place my hope in the reality of Christ as the creator and sustainer of all things. He is reconciling everything to himself.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

Halcyon residents can look forward to good community, lots of laughter, girls hanging out in other girls' room, studying in the commons, cooking food together, impromptu hall dinner dates, praying for each other, and worshiping together. Halcyon means a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. This is my hope and prayer for next year's hall that it would be a place of peace—a place where we are loved and learn to love and serve each other as sisters in Christ.

 

What I'm all about

I am passionate about chocolate and coffee (and warm drinks in general). In my free time, I like to cook different ethnic foods, play spike ball or soccer, go sledding, spend time with friends and family, read, and—every now and then—indulge in a late night roomie dance party. My favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, Ann Voskamp, and Jane Austen. A scripture verse that I am greatly encouraged by is Galatians 2:20.

 

 


 

Jonathan Blackmon
Jonathan Blackmon ’17
Resident Assistant, Suburbs

 

Major/Minor

Biology/Biblical & Theological Studies

 

Hometown

Birmingham, AL

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

In general biology with Dr. Morris, I had the joy of learning new ways that God has intricately woven together his creation so that cells, systems, proteins, etc. all work together. This class increased my faith in an involved, loving, and creative God. God’s handiwork challenged me to live in a manner worthy of the gospel.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

I think Mark Gornik in To Live in Peace puts it perfectly when he says, “Community came through having fun together, sharing our lives, and learning to be followers of Christ together.”

 

What I'm all about

Striving for Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.” I love school, sports, running, guitar, piano, food, and friends.

 

 


 

Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison ’18
Resident Assistant, Lawrence

 

Major

Psychology

 

Hometown

Sugar Hill, GA

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Old Testament with Dr. MacDougall. It was so much fun to explore the scriptures and see God's promises!

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A rich community of men seeking the Lord in every aspect of life. That includes lots of late night Taco Bell runs, random dance parties (to Beyoncé of course), and deep conversations!

 

What I'm all about

Community—nothing beats a strong brotherhood centered on the Lord.

 

 


 

Andrea Hunt
Andrea Hunt ’17
Resident Assistant, Chi Alpha

 

Major

Elementary Education

 

Hometown

Greenville, SC

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Education of Exceptional Children with Professor Young. Exceptional Children has been one of the most applicable, diverse, and eye-opening classes I have taken. Learning about children with disabilities has given me a new heart and perspective on loving and serving them. Seeing the diversity of God’s character through the teaching of children with disabilities and those who are marginalized is such a gift. Doctrine with Dr. Kapic comes in a super close second.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A home where Christ is sought first, where community is genuine, where laughter spills out of doors, where good eats are always cooking, where dance parties are taking place, where conversations are organic, where prayers are made, and where God is faithful.

 

What I'm all about

Imago Dei, long conversations, literature, open doors, rice cookers, trail running, Chinese adoption, The Prince of Egypt, faraway lands, bare feet, leather bound journals, hymns, Hosea 2:14-20.

 

 


 

Samuel Moore
Samuel Moore ’18
Resident Assistant, The Five Points

 

Major/Minor

Business/History

 

Hometown

Laurens, SC

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

My favorite class was Introduction to History with Dr. Green. It was a very rich class and shed new light on how we should view history. We also did many fun and challenging assignments along the way.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

A group of guys who are crazy, generous, competitive, and involved. Our sense of humor is unique and we have an awesome time. Expect plenty intramural sports and even more spontaneous hall competitions. Also, those happiness-sucking hospital lights are never coming on, and there will be absolutely no goats.

 

What I'm all about

Food, duck noises, Dr. Pepper, and anything with a ball. I like to discuss almost anything, especially Sports, Business, and History. Chapel is one of the highlights of my week, and the Chartwells sandwich line is phantasmagorical.

 

 


 

Samuel Wos
Samuel Wos ’17
Resident Assistant, Sutherland

 

Major

Sport Administration

 

Hometown

Saint Louis, MO

 

Favorite class taken at Covenant

Doctrine 2 with Dr. Madueme. I would actually get excited about going to his class each day. It was one of the richest learning experiences I have ever had from a bible class, and it brought about some great discussions and conversations with classmates. I would always leave class with a new discussion relating to topics we addressed in class.

 

What the residents on my hall can expect

My hall mates can expect to be surrounded by not only classmates but friends, and even brothers. We will strive to be good men who represent Christ in all we do. Whether that’s in being crazy and hanging out on the hall, winning at intramural sports, working late on homework, or staying up late talking. Expect to go through all the aspects of life here at Covenant together. The hall is your home on campus and the place you are accepted and know you belong.

 

What I'm all about

I love to understand and share in the joys of others. I enjoy running, climbing, and adventure. I am passionate about team sports. I find joy in figuring things out, working hard and resting well. I thrive on community and close friends. I am an enthusiast of mac & cheese and good music. Above all things I strive to walk humbly with the Lord.

 

Student Growth through Residence Life | Jonathan Ingraham '07
Jonathan remembers his experience as a student in Maclellan Hall and reflects on the importance of residence life for Covenant