Residence Life and Dining Services
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Professional Staff


Peter Groenendyk
Associate Dean of Students
Phone: 901.678.2295 Fax: 901.678.5219
Peter is originally from Winchester Ontario, Canada and has been a Memphian since July 1, 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education from York College of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Arts in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Peter is responsible for all aspects of managing a comprehensive housing and residence life program with more than 900,000 square feet of space for over 2800 students. His responsibilities include managing a staff of 50 full-time and approximately 150 part-time and student employees, as well as coordinating meal plans and special projects for Tiger Dining. Peter and his team take great pride in the success rates of students living on campus; on campus students have proven more successful in and out of the classroom. Living Learning Communities have been statistically proven to foster academic strength and increase retention and matriculation rates. Under Peter’s direction Memphis is now a leader in developing Living Learning Communities and recently invested more than $80 million in renovations, new housing, and more learning communities. Peter is a recipient of the Division of Student Affairs Pyramid Award. He has received special recognition from the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers for his contributions to starting and sustaining Southern Placement Exchange. In 2007, he was awarded the Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award from the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His hobbies include playing with his dogs, travel, and recreational ice hockey.

Hall Staff


Aretha Milligan
Associate Director of Residence Life & Dining Services
Phone: 901.678. Fax: 901.678.5219

Aretha is directly responsible for the daily operations of the Residence Life program and supervises Area Coordinators, Assistant Area Coordinators, and Graduate Assistants. She plans and implements professional and paraprofessional staff training sessions for customer service, staff selection, payroll, emergency procedures, counseling, and maintenance procedures. Aretha attends contractual discipline hearings, and coordinates departmental programming systems. She acts in absentia of the Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life and Dining Services to maintain department operations. Aretha earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania and has a Master of Arts in Student of Affairs in Higher Education. Aretha is the advisor for the Residence Hall Association and impacts students by engaging, challenging, and supporting them. She was the 2008 Pyramid Award winner and enjoys reading and listening to music.



Amanda Virag AC


Amanda Virag
Area Coordinator
Phone: 901.678.6250
Amanda is originally from West Alexandria, Ohio and graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent to Young Adult Education with a concentration in English. She received her Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from the same institution. Amanda is the Area Coordinator for Rawls Hall, Smith Hall, Mynders Hall, South Hall, and the Living Learning Complex. Her primary responsibility is to support and manage the Assistant Area Coordinators as they ensure residents have a safe, comfortable living and study space. The most fulfilling part of Amanda’s job is seeing students engage their community and become leaders.




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Michael Courson
Area Coordinator
Phone: 901.678.5929
Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arkansas State University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Louisiana State University. Michael supervises the professional staff for Richardson Tower, Carpenter Complex and the Graduate Student and Family Housing. He is also responsible for designing the training program for all the student staff. His primary goal is to prepare staff members to meet residents’ needs and concerns. Michael was the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student at the Louisiana State University. He was also the 2013 Graduate Student of the Year for the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers."


Telecia Taylor

Assistant Coordinator of Student Services and Res Hall 
Phone: 731.425.7349 Fax: 731.425.7358

Telecia is recent graduate of Salisbury University in Salisbury Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Psychology and a Master of Post-Secondary Education. She is responsible for the daily operations of Carney-Johnston Residence Hall at the Lambuth Campus. Telecia manages the hall staff, advises student organizations, and oversees events. She takes pride in knowing residents by name and building a rapport with new residents. Telecia believes it is important to be honest and helpful to create a sense of ease for those in a new environment. Telecia enjoys Zumba, traveling and jamming to the smooth sounds of Bruno Mars. . 





Glenda Barton
Residence Life Supervisor
Glenda supervises the office coordinator, office assistants, and student workers. She authors departmental forms, assigns rooms, oversees the computerized assignment/room change processes, and manages student files. Glenda is a housing expert who routinely counsels students on room assignments, adjusting to campus life, and meal plan options. Her duties also include writing and overseeing the distribution of Residence Life correspondence to applicants, residents, other departments, and the wider community. Glenda is a recipient of the University of Memphis Student Services Pyramid Award and the University of Memphis Outstanding Employee Award.

Nicholas Scull Nicholas T. Scull
Financial Services Associate                           
Nicholas graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2009. He is responsible for student accounts and performs various financial duties in Residence Life and Dining Services. Nicholas also coordinates accounts receivable and accounts payable for housing and child care charges. Nicholas is a member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association, enjoys anything sports related, preferably Tigers, and was born on Christmas Day.


Eddie Branan
Assistant Director of Residence Life Facilities
Phone: 901.678.4029
Eddie is responsible for planning, coordinating and managing all phases of maintenance, housekeeping, and renovations for all Residence Life facilities. He is the department liaison to Physical Plant and Planning and external contractors. Eddie consults and aids the Director of Residence Life on facilities and maintenance concerns. Eddie spent 30 years with Fred’s as head of construction for nine states and opened over 50 stores a year before joining the University of Memphis. Eddie graduated from Northwest Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi with an Associate of Art in Electronics. His hobbies include gardening, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Tony Johnson
Coordinator, Residence Hall Facilities
Phone: 901.678. Fax: 901.678.
Tony graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in Monticello, AR with Bachelor of Science and has a Master of Arts from Murray State University in Kentucky. Tony is responsible for the planning renovations and preventive maintenance for Residence Life and Dining Services. His duties include assigning work orders, purchasing, and inventory control for general maintenance and housekeeping. Tony coordinates with Physical Plant for major renovation projects, trains and supervises the general maintenance and student staff, and recommends training priorities. Tony also acts in absentia for the Assistant Director of Residence Life Facilities.

Tech Support

amh Ann Marie Hall
Local Technical Support Provider III
Phone: 901.678.5940
Ann Marie graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance. She directs the operations of the technology for Residence Life and Dining Services, her duties include interacting with Campus IT and outside vendors to keep housing residents connected to the internet on a safe, dependable network. Since coming to Residence Life she has implemented the ResNet Service Center which makes tech support available to all residents. She also installed and maintained the StarRez housing management system that enables online housing applications and maintenance reporting. Ann Marie attends and presents at numerous housing professional and technology seminars to remain knowledgeable in the fast changing field. In her spare time, Ann Marie is involved in local theatre and is Theatre Works board member.


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