Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Conference Spotlight: Case Study Competition

By Kathryn Magura

Are you a new professional within your first three years of fulltime employment? Looking for ways to network and connect with other new professionals in our region? Will you be attending NWACUHO in Spokane in February? If you answered yes to these questions, I would encourage you to participate in the case study competition at the conference.

Each year at the annual conference, new professionals are given the opportunity to participate in a case study competition. The scenario will be introduced the first night of the conference at 8:30 PM in Meeting Room 1. During this meeting, the participants will be split up into groups with other participants they do not know and given a scenario for which they will have to put together an 8 minute presentation in response. These presentations will be given the following day to a panel of judges during a special conference session just for the case study presentations.

I am excited to welcome our new professionals to this case study competition in my capacity as the current NWACUHO Past President. I have put together a panel of esteemed colleagues from around the region to serve as judges on a topic that is relevant to student housing. Prior to the conference, I wanted to introduce our wonderful panel of judges: Richard Clark is the Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and is the President of our partner region AIMHO; Pam Schreiber is the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Housing and Food Services at the University of Washington; and David Stephen, an honored Past-President of NWACUHO. We are very fortunate to have these wonderful professionals serving with me as your case study judges this year!

In case you are still not convinced that the case study is for you, I asked a couple of participants from last year’s conference to share their thoughts:

“I truly enjoyed my case study experience and believe that everyone–especially new professionals–should participate. Not only did I test my thinking and apply my knowledge to a very probable (and possibly real-world) scenario, I also learned how to strategize, prioritize, and work with intention to best support students and resolve the issue at hand. In the end, I learned a lot and made some really great friends in the process. Overall, it was a fun time and definitely worth it!” – Tony Au, Oregon State University

 “The NWACUHO Case Study was definitely a highlight of my first professional conference experience. Working with diverse new professionals, and problem solving using different knowledge and contexts was equally challenging and rewarding. The best piece of advice I received was to work hard on the case study, but also leave time to enjoy the rest of the conference!” – Kristin Davick, Mount Royal University

 I hope to see you at the case study!

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