This archived article was written by: Kelli Burke-Gabossi
Last Friday was John Michael Haky’s last day at USU Eastern. The residential life and student conduct coordinator started a similar position at the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Haky found this position while searching for a position closer to his family in Ohio. The hall he will be directing houses more students than the total number of students currently living on the USU Easterns campus.
Haky is looking forward to the opportunity to work on a larger campus with a university environment. In the past, Haky has been employed at Indiana University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; he has also completed internships at Texas Tech University and Western Michigan University.
With his new position, he is not excited to relearn everything. “I have the general knowledge but every place does things differently. I’ll be kind of like starting over,” stated Haky.
Haky will miss the small community and campus and the close relationships with students at USU Eastern. “I will never forget my time at CEU. I earned two awards for my work here, and I had the opportunity to work with some great people and a handful of great students. It will be harder for me to get to know people individually at UK,” Haky stated.
“There have also been a lot of challenges in terms of trying to grow and develop certain areas on campus. There’s a lot I haven’t been able to do because I haven’t had the time or there have been other obstacles.”
Advice Haky would like to give to students would be, “Be involved. Get out and attend events. Be social on campus. Have a plan. Know why you’re here.”
Alex Herzog, associate vice chancellor for student services, expects to replace the position by late February. “We don’t know who will be replacing him yet. We are doing a search right now.” A position announcement can be found online on the CEU Homepage for a residential life coordinator and student conduct officer. In the meantime, the residential life head staff will share Haky’s responsibilities.