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Division of Student Affairs

Housing & Residence Life

Meet the Housing & Residence Life Staff

Director of Housing & Residence Life

Ron Mason, Director

Ron Mason


Pinney C21

Director for Residential Programs & Staff

Maribeth Griffin, Director for Residential Programs & Staff

Maribeth Griffin


Pinney C24

Associate Director for Operations

Ed Mulvihill, Assoc. Director

Ed Mulvihill

Departmental Secretary

Effie Masse, Secretary

Effie Masse


Pinney C21

Employment Opportunities

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Professional Staff

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Housing & Residence Life Contact Information

Housing & Residence Life Offices – Pinney Hall C21 and C24

Phone:  203-837-8531

Fax: 203-837-8529

Email: housing@wcsu.edu

Assistants to the Director / Resident Directors (RDs)

The Resident Directors (RDs) are full-time, live in administrative professional staff at Western Connecticut State University.  They oversee students living in the halls, as well as activities and facilities. RDs provide advisement, counseling, and supervision for individuals, roommates, and other student groups.  RDs work with the student staff of the building – Resident Assistants (RAs), Academic Resource Mentors (ARMs) and Information Desk staff – to create an environment that supports students academically, socially, and culturally.

Resident Directors also serve in a variety of roles in the operation of the department, specifically in terms of the selection and training of RA and ARM staff, room assignments, and occupancy.  RDs serve an on-call rotation so that a professional staff member is always available, even when offices are closed.  Your resident director usually has office hours from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. Each has an office in his or her building where the bulk of these hours are spent, although they may from time to time be in meetings elsewhere on campus.

Listed below is contact information for each building’s RD and RA/ARM staff.

Centennial Hall

Ryan Cooke, RD Centennial

Ryan Cooke, RD

Email:  cooker@wcsu.edu

Phone: 203-837-8850

Centennial Info Desk:  203-837-9240

See more about Centennial here.

Grasso Hall

Grasso Hall RD Eden

Eden Edwards-Harris, RD

Email:  edwardsharrise@wcsu.edu

Phone:  203-837-8548

Grasso Info Desk Phone:  203-837-9854

See more about Grasso Hall here.

Pinney Hall

Kevin Brenzel, RD

Kevin Brenzel, RD

Email:  brenzelk@wcsu.edu

Phone: 203-837-8535

Pinney Info Desk Phone:  203-837-8655

See more about Pinney Hall here.

Litchfield Hall

Litchfield Hall RD Ryan

Ryan Farrell, RD

Email:  farrellr@wcsu.edu

Phone: 203-837-9060

Litchfield Hall Info Desk Phone: 203-837-9733

See more about Litchfield Hall here.

Newbury Hall

Andrea Pereira, RD

Andrea Pereira, RD

Email:  pereiraa@wcsu.edu

Phone: 203-837-8534

Newbury Hall Info Desk Phone: 203-837-9237

See more about Newbury Hall here.

Fairfield Hall

Fairfield Hall is closed for 2020-21

Resident Assistants (RAs)

Resident Assistants at WCSU are trained in helping skills and interpersonal relations. They serve as facilitators for the floor councils of each residence hall. They are also in charge of conducting floor/section meetings in addition to meeting with residents as needed on a one to one basis. The meetings could be related to academic, social, or personal progress as related to college. As always, RA’s will be available to assist residents with maintenance issues, to act as sounding boards during roommate issues, and to be a general resource to residents regarding the University community, policy and procedures.






Academic Resource Mentors – ARMs

Academic resource mentors are student peers who play an integral role in the establishment of an academic environment in the residence halls. They are an essential component of the CULTURE program for the Department of Housing and Residence Life. In addition to providing programming in the residence halls, ARM’s are available to residents as an academic resource, assisting them in obtaining information, and providing resources about majors and academic programs at the University. The ARMs also guide residents through any issues they may have academically, providing them with a wealth of information on study skills or people that can help them. Finally, the ARMs also work with Peer Academic Support System (PASS) members to make sure the residents get the help that they need to succeed at WestConn.

Student Administrative Assistants – SAA

The Student Administrative Assistant is involved in wide array of activities in the residence halls. There is one SAA per residence hall, and they are responsible for recruiting desk staff, training, supervising, and conducting desk meetings, creating, and editing schedules, working at the desk when necessary, and assisting the Resident Director of their building in a variety of office related tasks and assignments. Some of these tasks include following up with residents on maintenance issues and entering priority points into the central database.

Info Desk staff

Info desk staff are an integral part of each residence hall. Workers are responsible for monitoring residents entering and exiting the buildings. They also sign all guests into the building and answer the many day to day questions that residents may have. Desk staff workers are supervised by the Student Administrative Assistant and the Resident Director of their residence hall.

Housing Office Assistants

Housing Office Assistants help in completing a wide variety of tasks such as the assistance in the operation of the Housing Office. They answer telephones, respond to e-mails, answer student and parental questions regarding housing, and assist the Housing Office Staff as needed. They are integral team members on our Housing and Residence Life team.


Each building has a hard-working custodial staff that cleans the bathrooms, lounges and other public areas of the buildings. They work Monday to Friday from 7am-3pm and on Saturdays a custodian replenishes bathroom paper supplies. The custodians do not clean resident rooms, pick up garbage bags left outside doors or store any furniture. Custodians report to the Supervising Custodian.


Maintainers are responsible for minor repairs in the residence halls. The maintainers are busy people, charged with caring for all resident rooms, as well as public bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, and all the furnishings contained in the above mentioned areas. Please have patience when submitting Maintenance Request Forms and know that your issue will be handled in a timely fashion.

There are also specialty trades staff (plumbers, electricians, HVAC) who work for Facilities, and will respond to maintenance requests as necessary.