Freshman Travis Loepfe is the youngest member on the Residential Hall Association’s executive board this semester.
Loepfe started off as one of Thomson Hall’s RHA delegates in fall of 2014. Each residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has two delegates who report on students’ campus concerns.
Loepfe took advantage of the opportunity to become RHA’s Vice President Public Relations chair person when the position opened up. He held this position since January.
“It doesn’t feel like I am a part of a group that’s just getting stuff done,” Loepfe said. “RHA is a larger family that I can be a part of.”
Loepfe enjoys seeing RHA produce programs such as Casino Night and Siblings Weekend.
“Programs that RHA puts on get people to do stuff that they normally wouldn’t do if they were just sitting in their rooms,” Loepfe said.
Britney Doll, junior history major, is a community adviser in Thomson Hall. Loepfe is one of Doll’s residents and worked with her in Thomson Hall government.
“It’s wonderful seeing that my residents are succeeding on this campus,” Doll said. “I’m so proud of everything that Travis has done. He brings compassion, dedication, humor and fresh ideas to RHA.”
Loepfe proved even as a freshman, he can take on a lot of responsibilities.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the fact that he came from my floor,” Doll said. “I know that he will continue to make me proud in the future.”
Julie Zsido, assistant director of Residential Living, is responsible for advising RHA.
“On the executive board right now there are five graduating seniors, so Travis coming into that group has re-energized everyone,” Zsido said.
Zsido felt Loepfe stood out due to his humility. She is impressed by his willingness to complete tasks, even ones that are not in his job description.
Doll adds how he has the ability to enhance RHA.
“Travis is so passionate and kind-hearted, as well as driven and self-motivated,” Doll said. “He has what it takes to succeed, and I think that he is going to do wonderful things for the organization.”