Resident Director of Plaster Lodge
Hello all! My name is Chris Keller and I am the Resident Director of Plaster Lodge, a 32-room men’s housing facility located on SBU’s beautiful Bolivar, Missouri campus! Plaster, or “The Lodge” as we call it, is one of SBU’s finest student housing facilities. Each room is fully carpeted and has its own private bathroom, and there are a number of other conveniences and perks as well. We also offer a number of community fellowship opportunities along with several activities and special events that we host and participate in each year. All said, we have an amazing group of Christian men from several majors and fields of study - many of which are actively involved in a number of campus organizations and ministries.
As for myself, I first came to SBU as a student in August 1987. I was elected President of the SBU Pep Club and served as the Sports and Managing Editor of the Omnibus, SBU’s student newspaper. Graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History, I spent the following 10 years managing radio stations in the Ozarks. In January 2000, I came back to SBU to get my Masters degree in Education, which I received in May 2002. As I was working toward my degree, I was offered an internship with SBU’s Athletic Department where I served as the University’s Sports Information Director on an interim basis.
During that same time, I was also hired as a Resident Assistant at “The Lodge” for the 2000-2001 academic year. A few months later, in February 2001, I was offered a Resident Director’s (RD) position at Meyer Hall, which – after much thought and prayer – I decided to accept. Now, over nine years later, I am still a RD…having moved from Meyer to Landen Hall – where I stayed eight years – before moving back to “The Lodge” in May 2009. In 2006, I was named RD of the Year and was voted SBU’s Staff Member of the Year in 2010.
In addition to being a RD, I am also the University’s Housing Coordinator…a position I have held since the summer of 2002. I also served five years as the Advisor to the Omnibus and was voted the Missouri College Media Association’s “Advisor of the Year” in 2005.
Speaking from personal experience, I can honestly say SBU has been a terrific place to go to school – and to work. I have made a number of life-long friends and have many great memories that I will always cherish. I pray that your time here, should you make the decision to join the SBU family, is equally as blessed.