Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Presidential Reflections – Spring 2020

By Bob Lambert, NWACUHO President

Happy Spring!

As I write to you from my new desk, that historically acted as a kitchen table, I wanted to first recognize the challenges this semester has presented us. Like many of you, I have been working from various locations, both in the office at Mount Royal University and like now, from my home. This isn’t the semester or quarter we anticipated. Fewer noise complaints, fewer groups checking in, and the most notably for me, fewer in-person interactions.

In Bellevue, I spoke to you about togetherness and the idea of us pursuing our work knowing we have an Association of professionals willing to support one another. Although, this is more figurative now, I have once again been extremely thankful for this community in the past month. NWACUHO has hosted 4 roundtables so far. We have gathered together to share our preparations, responses to new concerns, and overall navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Facility teams, front office administrators, Residence Life staff and Senior Housing Officers have come together to help fellow colleagues. We play a very important role in this crisis and I have much gratitude for the support you have contributed during this time.

With the uncertainty of how the next few months will look, the NWACUHO Board of Directors are brainstorming ideas of how we can best serve you. The May Board meeting this year will take place virtually but we are hopeful we can have an in person meeting later in the summer. With our Master Plan close to completion, I look forward to hearing your thoughts for the future, and how NWACUHO can include your voice in our overarching strategy.

For our Calgary conference in 2021, the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) is beginning to meet regularly and prioritize responsibilities. Thank you to everyone who completed the Bellevue Conference Feedback Survey. Your thoughts are so important when we consider entertainment, venues, speakers and programs. Keep an eye out for regular LAC updates.

Finally, if you’d like to get more involved with NWACUHO, please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can talk more about Committees, First Friday Webinars or ways you can support next year’s conference.

Hope to chat soon – even just to catch up. I love a good surprise call so please don’t hesitate.

Take care everyone and I hope you stay healthy.


Bob Lambert

NWACUHO President

Mount Royal University







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