Barry McNamara  |  Published March 07, 2019

‘It’s All About Relationship-Building’

As assistant director of residence life, Tabitha Vicks strives to enhance community on campus.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – As a first-generation college student, Tabitha Vick appreciated the support she received to help her navigate her new experience.

Vick hopes to pay that support forward in her role as Monmouth College’s assistant director of residence life and coordinator of first-year communities.

TABITHA VICK: When I'm working with staff, that's what we talk about – what does it actually loo... TABITHA VICK: “When I'm working with staff, that's what we talk about – what does it actually look like to have a community?"A Galesburg native, Vick studied at Knox College, where she was part of the TRIO Achievement Program, a student support services project. She said advisers there “changed my life with the amount of support that they provided to me as a first-generation college student.”

After graduating in 2013, Vick moved east, earning a master’s degree in college counseling and student affairs at SUNY-Brockport. She worked as a career counseling intern at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the past year.

“Working at a big college with a lot of students, I started seeing students who had so many different needs and cultural backgrounds,” she said. “It’s just exciting to be around people who are so different than you and have different perspectives. Every day is a brand new learning experience.”

The opportunity to be closer to her family drew Vick, her husband, Austin, and their two young children to the area. Vick said she appreciates having that sense of family on Monmouth’s campus, too.

“Monmouth had the family feel that I was really looking for,” said Vick, who supervises the residence life staff in the freshman halls. “A lot of my job is geared toward programming – really trying to get students and the res life staff to collaborate with others on campus and to create programs that support the first-year experience.”

That programming helps foster the “deeper connections” between residence life staff and students that Vick believes a smaller campus community provides.

“It’s all about relationship-building,” she said. “When I’m working with staff, that’s what we talk about – what does it actually look like to have a community? What specific examples can they provide? How do they go about making that happen? I think it’s as small as having an open-door policy, it’s putting a Post-It on someone’s door, it’s making a program so everyone can be part of it. It’s all of those things together.”

It all leads to fulfilling Vick’s bottom line.

“The most important thing to me is that they leave here knowing that they matter, that they’re valuable, and ultimately that people care about them, not just as students, but as people, as well,” she said.

Back to News & Events

Did you know?

  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College is proudly test optional. Applicants may choose whether or to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission and scholarship consideration. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/admission/apply/test-optional/" target="_blank">Test Optional</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers several international trips each year during 2-week Scots Terms in January and May. Recently students have traveled to Botswana, Greece, Scotland, Japan, and more. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Scots Term</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We’re no stranger to winning. Last year the Fighting Scots won Midwest Conference championships in Football, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Track and Field. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Fighting Scots</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers unique academic minors in Global Public Health and Global Food Security for students who want to use their education to address global challenges. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-public-health/" target="_blank">Global Public Health</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-food-security/" target="_blank">Global Food Security</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College covers the cost for all current students to get a U.S. passport. Unlock access to over 198 different countries! We’ll even help with the paperwork :)</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/study-abroad/" target="_blank">Study Abroad</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 98% of Monmouth graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/wackerle-center/career-services/" target="_blank">Career Preparation</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 99% of Monmouth students received some type of scholarship or financial assistance.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/offices/student-financial-planning/types-of-aid/scholarships/" target="_blank">Scholarships</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We offer a certified Peace Corps Preparation program that gives Peace Corps bound graduates a leg up in the application process.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/peace-corps-prep/" target="_blank">Peace Corps Prep</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an active Pipe & Drum Band. Each year on Scholar’s Day in April the bagpipers wake students up at 6:00 a.m. by playing in the residence halls!</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/music/pipe-band/" target="_blank">Pipe Band</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an educational garden and 6.7 acre farm. Students grow and harvest fruits and vegetables to sell at the local farmer’s market. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Garden & Farm</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p><strong>Monmouth College is the birthplace of the women’s fraternity movement. Pi Beta Phi, the first such collegiate women’s organization, was founded at Monmouth in 1867. It was followed three years later by Kappa Kappa Gamma. The two pioneering organizations today boast a total of 275 active chapters nationwide.</strong></p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/student-life/sororities-fraternities/" target="_blank">Sororities & Fraternities</a></li></ul></div></aside>