Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

First Friday Webinars

The NWACUHO First Friday Webinar series is one of the most important functions of the association. With our disparate geography and small membership pool, the First Friday Webinars are, in some cases, the only Professional Development some of our members receive. First Friday Webinars are held at no cost for membership.

There are three categories for NWACUHO webinars:

The first category, and primary purpose of most webinars, is a Competency Building Webinar. It’s purpose is to enhance the personal or professional capability of our members in keeping with the ACUHO-I Core Competencies. Sessions that fit this description may teach our members about emergency response, occupancy management, student learning, etc.

The second category is to Information Sharing Webinars, and their purpose is to disseminate information about a unique or interesting program or research result to our members.  For example, if a person’s graduate degree research was particularly interesting to Housing professionals, the webinar would fit into this category. This is also true if an institution has a really great Student Staff training model they wish to share.

The third and final category of webinar is a NWACUHO Informational Webinar. This is a webinar that is intended to convey information about the association to the membership. This is common when we engage in significant projects, such as Master Planning, or when we are preparing for a major event like an Annual Conference.

Interested in presenting a First Friday Webinar? Submit your proposal!

Watch the Next First Friday Webinar!

The Transformative Power of Renovations: Breathing New Life in Outdated Facilities
Friday, June 5, 2020 – 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific, 9:00am Alaksa
Presented by Kurt Haapala at Mahlum Architects

To ensure the security of our First Friday Webinar, you MUST EMAIL prodev@nwacuho.org or register here for the link.

Universities across the United States are making critical decisions to renovate to replace existing housing stock. This decision is all too often based on circumstance, like decreased popularity, outdated infrastructure or limited financing and not on comprehensive assessment and long-term potential. This webinar begins with understanding the common issues with existing facilities, followed by the unique stories of Duncan Dunn/Community at Washington State University, Zura Hall at San Diego State University, and finally Justice Bean Hall at the University of Oregon. Each renovation addressed unique issues and capitalized on design solutions to transform them into dynamic, contemporary residential communities and preserved the rich legacy and traditions for future generations.

A partner at Mahlum, Kurt is an industry leader in the planning and design of student housing facilities with over 25 years of professional practice. He has completed residential projects for over a dozen college and university campuses across the west coast. He is a frequent presenter, writer about student housing, equity and inclusion, sustainability and campus planning for organizations such as SCUP, ACUHO-i, NWACUHO, NACAS, APPA and AASHE.

Visit the First Friday Webinar Registration Page to participate, and catch up on past presentations and webinars on our YouTube channel.

Our members give back to the association through sharing knowledge, processes, and experience through webinars. Members love to hear how other institutions run a process, address a problem, or create new initiatives, so share by submitting a webinar presentation!

Missed May’s First Friday Webinar?
Check out the May’s First Friday Webinar, “I’m Sorry You (Insert Important Person Here) Died” and Other Things Not to Say to Grieving Students, by Carly Halverson at Gonzaga University here.

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