Oklahoma Panhandle State University
New OPSU Resident Housing Supervisor By Danae Moore on 07/11/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—After five years at OPSU ending with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, Rantz Trayler will begin a new journey on campus as the Resident Housing Supervisor.
Originally from Dumas, the 23-year-old played football at OPSU, participated in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and enjoyed supporting different campus events with any "spare" time he could find. Trayler is not new to campus housing after living on campus for five years and working as a Resident Assistant (RA) for two years at Holter Hall and as the Field Hall Director this past year.
With his new title comes plenty of responsibility as Trayler will be the go-to guy for over 600 students living in campus housing including Aggie Apartments, Aggie Annex, Field Hall, and Holter Hall. He said the new job is not the typical 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. kind as he will be on call 24 hours a day. His duties range from enforcing rules to dealing with maintenance issues. Trayler plans to be out and about in the mornings and evenings with afternoons reserved for office hours.
Each area of housing will have student help, and Trayler will manage a total of 20 RA's. After an extensive training session in August, the RA's will have office hours of their own and be prepared to deal with the basic needs of the housing residents. The RA's will meet weekly with Trayler to coordinate activities and deal with any issues.
Trayler is excited about the upcoming year, and is already making plans for a back to school bash with a cookout and volleyball. He believes his position is an important part of retention and plans to have many activities which students can be involved in. Each RA will be required to organize two events per semester such as movie nights, pool parties, and pingpong tournaments.
As the supervisor, Trayler will meet monthly with housing residents in a mandatory meeting to maintain contact and review the rules. Through activities and events, Trayler looks forward to getting to know the students and watching them mature and grow. He enjoys helping people and is glad for the opportunity to help the students get on the "right track."
Trayler will get plenty of support from his wife, Destiny. A psychology major, she will finish classes in the fall and plans to graduate in December. Also active on campus, Destiny played four years of softball at OPSU. The couple celebrated their one year anniversary in May.