Alumni Peter Blank (’16) and Mark Turner (’15) recently joined the staff of Christendom College, filling the positions of male residence director and Rome residence coordinator respectively. Both will work closely with the college’s student life office in promoting residential and community life on the college’s Front Royal, Va., and Rome campuses, helping to form and mentor students during their time at Christendom.
“I am very excited to welcome Peter and Mark back to the student life team. I know their love of Christendom and their dedication to the students will enable them to impact not only the students we serve but also the broader community. In addition, their personal character and commitment to the mission of Christendom will undoubtedly be a huge positive as we strive for greatness as an academic community focused on ‘Restoring all things in Christ,’” says Chris Vander Woude, dean of students for the college.
Blank and Turner will both bring well-honed experience in residential life policies to their respective roles at Christendom, after serving as resident assistants during their time at the college.
Born in Hawaii, Blank earned his B.A. in philosophy from Christendom last May, where he also participated in the varsity soccer program, was a member of the Student Activities Council, and served as a resident assistant his junior and senior year.
In the position of male residence director, Blank, who served as head resident assistant last year, will be responsible for providing leadership and direction in the formation of the student body as a whole, as well as with the specific formation of men on campus. Blank will work closely with female residence director Marilyn Charba and the rest of the student life team in supporting the work of the on-campus resident assistants, and will also well help to manage housing, assist students with room changes, and to plan various community building activities as well.
Hailing originally from Tokyo, Japan, Turner earned his B.A. in history from Christendom in 2015. An avid traveler, Turner participated in two mission trips abroad while at the school, as well as taking part in the college’s Rome Program and the St. Columcille Institute in Ireland.
Turner brings his love of travel to his new role as Rome residence coordinator, where he will provide leadership and direction in the formation of students participating in the Rome Program, as well as with the specific formation of male students. Turner will work closely with his fellow Rome residence coordinator, Anna Harris, and Katy Ott, Rome Campus Director, during his time in the Eternal City, assisting in all aspects of the Rome Program.
Blank and Turner succeed Joseph Walsh and Matthew Speer in their respective positions, who both served the college admirably during their time on the staff.
“I would like to personally thank Joe and Matt for their dedication and service. Matt served the students through his position in Rome for two years and his humble service will definitely be missed. We will also miss the presence of Joe Walsh on campus but are very excited that both he and Matt will still be in the local area,” says Vander Woude.
To learn more about Blank and Turner, and to meet the rest of the Student Life team, please visit here.