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REsidentIal Life Staff

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Fall 2015 Staff


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Tony Mitchell,
Hall Director and
Assistant Football Coach

This is Coach Mitchell's 8th year as a Hall Director and Assistant Football Coach at AWC.  Coach Mitchell is originally from Chicago, IL and enjoys the sunny warm weather of Yuma!  Coach Mitchell runs the Intramural Program in the spring.












Jose Alcocer, Resident Assistant

Jose was born and raised in Sacramento, California but moved to San Luis, Arizona at age 15. He graduated from PPEP TEC High School and is continuing his education at AWC. Jose started as a CAMP student. His major at AWC is Biology and he plans on attending NAU to complete his education in this field then move on to medical school. He has an ultimate goal to become a family doctor. Jose is good at math and science which will be helpful in his career. His favorite stress relievers are basketball, going to the gym, listening to music, and food. Jose wants to travel the world one day and explore the different cultures and lifestyles. Becoming a doctor takes a lot of time, but there is one quote that he always reminds himself about,” Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyways.” This quote reminds him to keep moving forward and strive towards accomplishing his dreams.


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Rocio Napoles, Resident Assistant

Rocio is from San Diego, California but raised in San Luis, Mexico. She came to study in the US at age 12 and graduated from San Luis High School. She began attending Arizona Western College after graduation. She first worked as a Desk Attendant and then got the job as an RA Fall of 2013. She transferred to UA-Yuma Fall 2014 and graduated from AWC with an AGEC-A and Associates in Family Studies Spring 2015. She will be graduating from UA-Yuma with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development in Spring 2016. She likes reading, painting, and binge watching her favorite shows when she has the time. She hopes to get a masters in Counseling at some point. For now she just hopes that she will graduate as expected and to have a good semester!


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Ariana Bowie, Resident Assistant

Ariana Bowie was born in Prescott, Arizona but graduated high school in Savannah, Missouri. She previously played two years on the Arizona Western College Women’s soccer team and served as an Arizona Western College Student Government Association’s Vice President of Development for a semester. This is Ariana’s first semester as a Resident Assistant and within the next year she hopes to be a part of the inaugural ASU – Yuma Secondary Education – English program in the Fall of 2016 where she will graduate and hopes to become a High School English teacher or work for Y Young Life, a world-wide high school ministry. Ariana loves the color blue, penguins, and soft blankets.


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Jen Steuck, Hall Director

It was during her undergrad studies, at the University of Wisconsin, when her interest of a career in Higher Education erupted into a passion – and further, a purpose. Jen has had the privilege of working professionally in Higher Education for the past five years. In that time she has earned a MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling. She has the ability to connect, support and empower individuals. She has had the opportunity to work closely with young adults and unique underrepresented populations. Jen has an appetite for learning and a responsibility to create safe, inclusive environments to promote challenging dialogue. She is an open-minded, social justice educator, with strong emotional intelligence who is motivated, optimistic and determined.

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Alex Vieyra, Resident Assistant  

Alex was born in Salinas, CA and moved to Yuma when he was 10 years old. His major is Graphic Arts and he hopes to have his own clothing brand one day. This is his third semester as an RA. Alex is also really involved with his church here in town. A couple of things that he likes doing is art, photography, playing the drums, and listening to music most of the time. Alex’s family consists of his parents and two little brothers aged 16 and 15. Alex is the shortest of the boys at 6’1”! Alex loves to be outdoors, that includes the beach and going out to the woods for camping as well. He is actually a pretty big sneakerhead, he likes to buy shoes, especially nike. 









Edgar Villavicencio, Resident Assistant

Edgar was born in Tijuana Baja California, Mexico. He came to the US when he was 15 years old as a freshman in high school. This is Edgar's fifth semester at Arizona Western College, his third year living at the residence halls and his first semester as a RA.  He is a former CAMP student and member of many groups such as Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.  After completing his Associates Degree in Science he plans to attend U of A to complete his BA in Science Education. He also plans to accomplish his dream of becoming a Physical Therapist through NAU.  Edgar is a very active student when it comes to school activities and any events happening on our campus.  If you see him do not hesitate to say hi or ask him any questions you may have!

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Lizet Camarena aka Miss Matador, Resident Assistant

Lizet is an Admistration of Justice Studies major with an emphasis in Criminology. Lizet’s first year at AWC began through C.A.M.P. With the great foundation the C.A.M.P family and their staff (better known as Momma Rosalia, Tio Rigo and Older Brother Rafa) Lizet was able to broaden her mind and soul. Lizet was involved in many clubs and organizations including hosting the National Cesar Chavez Blood Drive that later granted her a scholarship in commemoration for her leadership skills. She loves to work with people with the hope of enriching and seeking everyone’s true potential. The most powerful unexplainable human emotion is love and Lizet has a lot to give. She believes in paying it forward and always being grateful for what and who you have in your life. With all the love she has to give becoming an RA, or hen mom as she likes to call it, is a perfect fit. Lizet feels blessed with the opportunities in her life. She encourages others to be spontaneous, loving, and outgoing.


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Kyle Carothers,  Hall Director/Assistant Baseball Coach 

Kyle is an AWC baseball coach & this will be his 4th year coaching along with his 5th year being a hall director. He lives in Kino with his wife, 3 kids and 2 dogs. Besides his love of baseball his other hobby is playing golf in his free time. He loves interacting with the students & you will always see him walking around campus with his family.

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Clarissa Jimenez, Resident Assistant 

Clarissa is a culinary major with aspirations of moving to Los Angeles and opening up her own restaurant. Although she loves the Culinary Arts, she does not enjoy baking as much as everything else. She loves watching "How I Met Your Mother" and "That 70's Show"; in addition, she enjoys listening to music throughout the day. Her strength is rooted with her cousin, Emmanuel, who fought sickness off while smiling the entire time. She admires his strength to keep a positive attitude. Clarissa is not an animal person; however, she has a dog, iguana, parrot, turtle, a couple of finches, and a fish. Her favorite color is blue and she loves to sing.

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Jessamy Sanchez, Resident Assistant

Jessamy is from Yuma but was raised in Somerton, Arizona. She is a former Upward bound and Avid student. Prior to being a Residential Assistant she worked as a secretary at Transfer Services and as a Front desk assistant in the halls. Currently, other than holding an RA position, Jessamy is a keys peer mentor, an Ambassador, and an employee. Jessamy is in her sophomore year of college and aspires to be an English Major. After she obtains her degree she hopes it will open the door for her as an English Professor, an English High school teacher, or a local news reporter. During her free time she enjoys doing Yoga, attending Young life, and being around friends and family.


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Blake Grimes, Resident Assistant

Blake is a student at NAU working on his BA in psychology. He is a former writing tutor and supplemental instructor who is transitioning into his first semester as an RA. He has a passion for anything nerdy from Star wars to Dungeons & Dragons and often spends his weekends among friends. He looks forward to a long lasting career in higher education and plans to one day become a professor of psychology himself. 


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RA stands for Resident Assistant. RAs are current AWC or NAU-Yuma student leaders that live within the residence halls. 

The RAs are responsible for providing educational and social programming in the residence halls. 

RAs are also responsible for addressing and properly documenting policy violations.

RAs must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA

Interested in being a leader on campus? Contact Jennifer Tagaban for information on positions available!


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