Residence Life and Housing


All staff Group

The Residence Life and Housing mission is to provide a positive residential environment conducive to learning and personal growth. To achieve this goal, the Office has a commitment to student services, educational programming, and the academic and social development of our residents.

We believe that academics, student activities, student government, and residential life all contribute to learning and that education occurs in all facets of a student's life. You are going to be challenged to explore a myriad of academic, social, and moral issues. This can be a very difficult process but our staff will be there to support and assist you.


Ralph GieseDirector of Residence Life and Housing

Ralph Giese

Ralph Giese is the Director of Residence Life and Housing. He is responsible for the overall supervision of the Residence Life staff and programmatic activities for the department. Ralph is also the staff advisor for the Residence Halls Association as well as the Spectrum Club at UCCS. Ralph received his BA from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.  

You can reach Ralph at (719) 255-4327 or via email at


Molly KinneAssociate Director for Residence Life

Molly Kinne

Molly Kinne is the Associate Director for Residence Life. She is responsible for the overall hiring, training, and development of the Residence Life staff and program, and is the conduct officer for housing-related judicial cases. Molly is also the advisor for the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) the Housing Conference Club at UCCS. Molly received her BA from the University of Northern Colorado, and her Masters from Ohio University.

You can reach Molly at (719) 255-4323 or via email at


Assistant Director of Operations 

Steve Horner

Steve Horner is the Assistant Director of Operations for Residence Life. He is responsible for coordinating our Summer Housing program, and oversees Alpine Village during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Steve also coordinates meal plan changes and handles student ID issues. Steve received both his Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from UCCS. You can reach Steve at (719) 255-7549 or via email at 

Steve Horner

Residence Hall Manager 

Christopher Mellott

Christopher Mellott is the Residence Hall Manager for Timberline Village, Alpine Village, and Copper and Eldora Houses in Summit Village. Christopher received his Bachelor's degree from UCCS, and is purusing his Master's degrees from UCCS as well.  Christopher is the co-advisor for the Residence Hall Association.

You can reach Christopher at (719) 266-8254 or via email at 


Maintenance and Custodial Staff

The Maintenance and Custodial staff is responsible for maintaining the residential buildings. The Maintenance Crew services both Summit and Alpine Village and reports directly to Jeff Davis.

You can reach Jeff at (719) 255-3491 or via email at

All maintenance concerns should be reported by filling out a work order, or by reporting the concern to the front desk in Monarch House, x 4042 for Summit Village, and in Crestone House, x 6288 for Alpine Village. The desk staff member will complete a work order form and turn it into the Maintenance Supervisor. They cannot schedule an exact date and time that the maintenance crew will fix the problem. You may indicate on the form when you will be in the room to let the maintenance staff in. An email will be sent to you confirming that the work order was submitted, along with a confirmation number. Please hold on to that number if you would like to check on the status of your request.

The Custodial Crew services all common areas and public restrooms. Custodial services are not provided for student suites or rooms.


Resident Assistants

The Resident Assistants (R.A.) perform many roles in the Villages. Their primary goal is to create a sense of community on their floor/building and ensure the safety and wellness of the community. Their responsibilities include informing and educating students about Housing policies and procedures, serving as a peer resource and referral person, peer counseling, responding to student behavior which violates policies or procedures, and providing programs and activities for the community.


Front Desk Assistants/Office Assistant

Front Desk Assistants provide office services during business hours Monday through Friday in the Summit Village. The Front Desk Assistants answer phone calls and answer resident questions during the day, as well as sort mail and packages.

The Office Assistant helps with various administrative tasks around the office including filing, application processing, and change orders.