The National Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) named Belmont’s Antario Jones as national Resident Assistant of the Month. Jones is a junior studying psychology and served in Patton/Bear House as a resident assistant to more than 500 freshmen during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Former Patton/Bear House Residence Director Crystal Jones nominated Antario Jones for maintaining a standard of excellence in his service as an RA.
“I can attest Antario assumed the position with confidence and a positive attitude to a high degree. He quickly became known on staff as someone who epitomizes a true servant leader and someone who willing to step up in the face of adversity,” wrote Crystal Jones.
While she prepared the residence hall to host conferences for the summer and resident assistants were studying for final exams, a freshman did not check out of a room properly, leaving it dirt and damaged. She planned to have a 11 RAs clean the room together but was suprised when Antario Jones took it upon himself to clean the room, dispose of trash and note damaged to the furniture set.
“He acted selflessly to help benefit and serve the entire staff. This is only one example of many and demonstrates the type of RA Antario continually strives to be. Antario works hard, never slacking. Throughout the year, especially during the closing of the residence hall during the month of May, he always asked how he could assist the residents and the staff. Antario was, and continues to be, known as a light of sunshine because he always knew how to make someone’s day a little brighter. He sets a positive example for everyone, not just for the students within his residence hall at Belmont University,” she wrote.
The National Residence Hall Honorary, a national organization, exists to provide student leadership opportunities to college students. Each month, the Belmont University chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) accepts nominations in several categories, including Resident Assistant, to recognize exceptional individuals and programs. Nominations that win the at the campus level are submitted to the South Atlantic Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls (SAACURH) region and regional delegates are submitted to NACURH. Jones was chosen as the strongest nominations from the eight regions.