Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Best of the Northwest

Best of the Northwest recognition is bestowed upon the top program session presenters from each annual conference based on evaluations by conference attendees. Selection takes into account the relevance of the content as well as the quality of the presentation.

Each year, one program is selected for Best of the Northwest recognition, as well as a runner-up and three honorable mentions. The primary presenter of the top program receives up to $1,000 in reimbursement from NWACUHO to attend the ACUHO-I annual conference and present their program.

Recipients include:

2019 Annual Conference – Portland, OR, United States

  • Recruitment and ReTENSION – Kirsten Aranas and Melinda Gilliam, University of Washington-Seattle

2018 Annual Conference – Spokane, WA, United States

  • The Balancing Act: Management v. Leadership – Alexa Forster, Residence Education Specialist in Leadership & Programming, and Jessica Rashid, Area Director, from the University of Washington, Seattle

2017 Annual Conference – Seattle, WA, United States

  • Collegiate Recovery Communities – Dan Larson, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, and Rob Reff, Director, Prevention and Health Promotion – Oregon State University

2016 Annual Conference – Anchorage, AK, United States

  • Tactful Change: A Method That Works, John Rasmussen (Central Washington University

2015 Annual Conference – Salem, OR, United States

  • Lessons from the Middle: Learning the (Unspoken) Competencies of a Mid-Level Professional, Lauren Adams (University of Washington)

2014 Annual Conference – Edmonton, AB, Canada

  • Building Mentally Healthy Residence Communities, Angi Eddy (University of Alberta)

2013 Annual Conference – Tacoma, WA, United States

  • Your Last 30 Days: Transitioning with Passion and Poise, Cheryl Ewaldsen & Pam Schreiber (University of Washington)

2012 Annual Conference – Ashland, OR, United States

  • Live-In Professionals: It’s a Dog’s Life, Craig Whitton (University of Alberta)

2011 Annual Conference – Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010 Annual Conference – Yakima, WA, United States

2009 Annual Conference – Anchorage, AK, United States

  • Reflections in Supervision – Evan Hilchey, Emily Webb, and Carol Young (University of British Columbia)

2008 Annual Conference – Vancouver, WA, United States

  • Building a Building, Building a Housing Professional – Presenter: Richard DeShields (Central Washington University)

2007 Annual Conference – Calgary, AB, Canada

  • Who moved my paradigm: Opening the gateway for innovative customer service – Presenters: Josh Ashcroft & Josh Gana (Oregon State University)