This archived article was written by: Shadayah Jones
Among the new faces at USU Eastern, the new Sessions Residential Hall director, Eric Curwen, is one of them. A student since spring 2012, and currently working on his bachelor’s degree in business administration, Curwen put a lot of hard work and time into making Price, Utah, heaven on Earth.
He is from Tooele, Utah, where he grew up with his family and friends. While in high school, Curwen was in the band where he played percussion, better known as the drums.
After high school, Curwen decided to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to the Philippines. He spent two years of his life there and made many friends. On his mission he became proficient in the language of Tagalog. He states that serving his mission was one of his biggest achievements. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but one that has changed me in many different ways for the better.”
After serving a mission, he returned home and started making plans for school. One of his close friends, Curwen decided to come to USU-Eastern for the low tuition and the great stories he was hearing. While at USU-Eastern, Curwen met the girl of his dreams, Melanie Rhodes, and they were married in April 2013, the best day of Curwen’s life so far he said. Melanie and Curwen are expecting their first child, a baby boy.
Last year he was a resident adviser over Tucker Halls and interviewed to become a hall director in 2013-2014. Although hall director is different from the RA position, Curwen loves it. He says that the best thing about being a hall director is the free housing, but he also loves being involved on campus. “Helping students, leaders and making friends is one of my favorite things to do at college. It is the perfect job for me.”
Curwen has a lot of new and exciting ideas to bring to residential life on campus and many new goals for the upcoming year. “I hope to bring a fun experience for the RAs, and also want to help the students have a great experience as well. My goal is to make the resident halls “The place to live.”
Preparing for his future and getting ready to start his family, Curwen plans to continue working hard and accept whatever comes his way. Throughout his life, he has had great experiences and great people who impacted him in a huge way. His parents played a huge part in this, especially his dad. “He has shaped the way I live, think and work. He and my mom both have been a great help in shaping my life for the better.”