NWACUHO
Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

The Value of Recognition in NWACUHO

By Kathryn Magura

As the Past-President of NWACUHO, I have the responsibility of running our awards and scholarship collection process. This is one of the things I was looking forward to the most about assuming the Past-President role, because I love recognizing other people. This is the first of two blog posts discussing in more depth the awards and scholarship process for the NWACUHO annual conference.

Now that the nomination period has opened, I thought I would take the time to provide more context the membership of why you should take the time to recognize someone for the great work they do to enrich the university housing profession. I also have the unique perspective of being a previous winner and nominator myself.

Each year, NWACUHO provides the opportunity for the membership to recognize others within the region for the amazing work they do. At times we get multiple nominations for each award category, and at others we do not receive any nominations. Let’s make this the year where we have a variety of outstanding nominations for each award!

To help you all in thinking about who to nominate, I thought I’d take some time to explain each award. In no particular order, here are the awards we give out at our annual conference:

  1. New Professional Award: This award was created in 2015 to recognize and acknowledge the accomplishments of a new professional (no more than 3 years of full-time experience) from each state or province within NWACUHO. Do you know a new professional who exemplifies the characteristics of our field? Nominate them for this award!
    Ryan Hill, from the University of Alaska, Anchorage was a New Professional Award winner in 2016.

    Ryan Hill, from the University of Alaska, Anchorage was a New Professional Award winner in 2016.

  2. Operations Award: The Operations Award was designed to recognize the work of a professional within the past year (conference to conference) who works outside the traditional residence life functional area. Is your Assignments Coordinator going above and beyond to serve students? Is a Facilities Manager operating under an ethos of care in maintaining the residence halls for your residents? Is your Marketing Specialist finding creative ways to integrate social media into your recruitment efforts? Consider nominating them for the Operations Award!
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    Melanie Potts from Eastern Washington University won the Operations Award in 2016.

  3. Roger Frichette Excellence in Service Award: This award serves to recognize a member within our region who has served the region in some fashion either on the regional or national level. Know someone who has served on a NWACUHO Committee or lead a First Friday Webinar? Did someone you work with work on an ACUHO-I committee or event? Consider nominating them for this award.
    Kate Flowers from the University of Washington won the Roger Frichette Excellence in Service Award in 2016.

    Kate Flowers from the University of Washington won the Roger Frichette Excellence in Service Award in 2016.

  4. David B. Stephen Award: The David B. Stephen award was established to honor a long-serving member of our region
    Kelly Lundy, from the Evergreen State College, won the David B. Stephen award in 2016.

    Kelly Lundy, from the Evergreen State College, won the David B. Stephen award in 2016.

    who has been involved in a variety of ways with shaping the direction of this great region. This award has frequently been given to a member of the region who has served on the Board of Directors, but that is not a requirement.

  5. Kay Rich Lifetime Achievement Award: The Kay Rich Lifetime Achievement award serves to recognize someone who has spent their career serving the University Housing profession. This award has been given to professionals who have recently retired from the profession, posthumously for recognition of work, and to mentors who continue to serve our profession.
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Award: The newest award making a debut for our 2017 conference is the Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award was developed to recognize the progressive work done within the region to enhance diversity and social justice awareness on their home institutions.

Feeling inspired to nominate a colleague for one of our fantastic awards? Wonderful! Please be sure to get your nomination in by December 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM Pacific time. All nominations can be submitted via our website: http://nwacuho.org/awards/

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