Profile: Calvin Mosley
Becoming a resident assistant in Sessums Hall in the mid-1990s opened Calvin Mosley's eyes to what was involved in being a well-rounded college student. But what he didn't see at the time was that the opportunity in MSU's Division of Housing and Residence Life also would open doors to his future.
The Hinds Agricultural High School graduate said he began his RA duties the fall semester of his sophomore year and kept these duties, serving in both Sessums and Hathorn halls, until his spring 1998 graduation.
"As an RA, I learned so much about what college life was really supposed to be— involvement in clubs and organizations, leadership opportunities, options for Greek life, and much more," the Edwards native explained.
Working to complete a degree in communication, Mosley began to realize that his real talent— and desire— was to work with other students like himself. In the fall of 1998, he began a master's program in counselor education with an emphasis in student development. After graduation, he found employment at East Carolina University as a professional hall director, where he stayed for four years, before moving on to the University of Central Arkansas to share his student-focused experience as a housing area coordinator for four more years.
As luck would have it, in the summer of 2008, memories of his alma mater began luring him back to Mississippi. He learned of an associate director position in housing and residence life at MSU, and he's been here since.
Today, Mosley has many job responsibilities, but he focuses on community development within the university's residence halls. Programming in health, counseling, diversity, and other student services are a main objective for him, while he also supervises housing area coordinators in the department.
When he's not concentrating on the well-being of MSU students, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Eliscia, whom he met at MSU, and his two children, Taylor, 11, and Jonathan, 4. A former MSU athlete in track, he also keeps himself "in the know" on college and professional sports.
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