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The Professional Staff

The Professional Staff (Director, Assistant Director, Area Hall Directors) work with students on issues and concerns involving living on campus and eating in the dining hall. They provide opportunities for learning and growth through programs, activities and student interactions created through positive hall environments. The Staff is trained and capable of helping with many issues and concerns. Some of these include:

  • Personal counseling issues (i.e. depression, homesickness, problems at home, suicide, relationship problems, roommate conflicts, sexual assault, personal harassment, adjustment issues)
  • Social issues (not making friends, not feeling connected peer pressure, what to do in Beloit, Outreach Center opportunities)
  • Academic issues (not going to class, lack of motivation, study strategies in residence halls)
  • Behavior management/discipline (irresponsible alcohol use, vandalism, drug abuse, violence, policy violations)
  • Crisis intervention (personal injury, fire, severe weather, violence)
  • Referral to campus resources (campus counselor, Heath Center, Learning Support Services, Career Services in the Liberal Arts in Practice Center, World Affairs Center)
  • Drug and alcohol education programming (substance free events, educational information)
  • Multicultural Education

Community Service Opportunities (off campus experiences and on campus tutoring.)


[ResLife Staff]

John Winkelmann, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life
John has served as Director for over 20 years. He is dedicated student learning, student governed communities with an emphasis on relationships and residential support for the academic mission of Beloit. He has a B.S in Biology and M.Ed. in Counseling from Loyola University in Chicago. In John’s spare time he has served for the last 12 years on the Beloit School Board. He enjoys working on his home including gardening and cooking.


[Sarah Coyer, AD]

Sarah Coyer, Assistant Director
Sarah joined the Res Life team in November 2014.  She is very excited to return home to Wisconsin after spending a wonderful 5 years in Illinois at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She has a B.A. in Theatre from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.   


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Elise Bottensek, Office Coordinator
Elise officially joined the Res Life family in March of 2012 as the Office Coordinator.  She loves spending time with her family to go letterboxing and on hiking trips to Devil's Lake and Starved Rock.  She belongs to a (greeting) card-making club, plays Bunco, and enjoys working in her yard.   


[Hanna Hermanson]

Hanna Hermanson, Area Hall Director // Campus Center
Hanna is the AHD for the Special Interest Complex. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she joined Beloit's Res Life team July 2014. Hanna can usually be found running, swimming, biking, practicing yoga, or knitting (depending on the season). She loves trying new things, and is always on the lookout for a new recipe or opportunity to travel. 


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Matthew McKay'13, Area Hall Director // Sustainability

Matthew is a Beloit College alumni, who graduated in May 2013. During his time as a student, he was an Resident Assistant for 3 years.  He joined the professional staff team in July of 2014 and is the Area Hall Director for the West  Complex. 


[Jeremiah Sanders]

Jeremiah Sanders, Area Hall Director // Student Engagement & Leadership // Beloit Alcohol and Drug Education

Jeremiah is the AHD for the East Complex. He joined Beloit's Res Life team in July 2014. He graduated from Manchester University in Indiana. He enjoys playing monopoly, learning languages, traveling and singing.  . 


[Sarah Tweedale]Sarah Tweedale, Area Hall Director // Intercultural Initiatives
Sarah joined the ResLife staff in July 2012 as the North Complex Hall Director.  She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.  Sarah lives in Aldrich and enjoys reading, playing board games with a bunch of people, and amusing her kitten, Benny.  She is also obsessed with the Olympics when relevant.