By Michael Porter/staff writer

Nathan Bailey is right at home here at Eastern.Bailey, who turned 26 last spring, is settling into his second year as Residence Hall Coordinator of Commonwealth Hall, where he sees much promise for the new school year.

Last fall, Bailey moved here with his wife, Dana, to lead the largest dorm on Eastern’s campus. “It’s a great place to live, and we really enjoy being in Commonwealth Hall,” he said.

Bailey grew up in Hopkinsville, and after graduating high school, he went to Murray State University and received his undergraduate degree in agriculture. His original plan was to teach high school, but after going through the student teaching process, Bailey decided that he would much rather work with college-aged men and women. The job at Commonwealth Hall brought him to Richmond in 2003, after he received his graduate degree from MSU.

While at Murray State, he was a resident assistant for several years and was involved in dorm activities.

This semester, Bailey hopes to start many programs within the dorm. “We want to bring excitement back into living in Commonwealth Hall this year,” he said.

He and the hall council plan to provide a host of events ranging from poker tournaments to movie nights to Modern Man, a series of lectures catering to the issues of college men. “We really want to build a community here,” Bailey said.

Over the course of the past few years, Commonwealth has earned the nickname “Commonfilth”, and Bailey hates it. “Of course, when you get a large group of people together, there is going to be some mess, but I’d be willing to put our dorm up against any other dorm on campus,” he said. “Our custodial staff works hard, and the dorm reflects that.”

He also hopes to expand the activities beyond the walls of Commonwealth. “I am currently working with Thursday Alternative Getaway and other entities here on campus to organize events with the female dorms and even the co-ed halls,” he said.

Bailey is looking forward to another year in Commonwealth Hall, but beyond that, he has no immediate plans.

“I would hope to move on as an area coordinator or maybe even work in student affairs,” he said. “But I like what I’m doing right now at Commonwealth.”

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