NWACUHO

Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – Corporate Relations Director

Meet Steve Brodrick (He/Him/His), your NWACUHO Corporate Relations Director!

We asked our NWACUHO Board of Directors to share some advice and reflect on their experience volunteering with NWACUHO. See his responses here!

Where do you call home? Lethbridge, Alberta.

How long have you been in the region? Just over 10 years now!

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? I had a chance to attend the NWACUHO Annual Conference in 2011 in Vancouver and that’s when I learned about the organization.

How did you get involved on the Board of Directors for NWACUHO? What were you feeling when you planned to run? Were there any fears, excitement, or other feelings that you had to think about before running? I was at regional meeting when some of my colleagues from other institutions asked me if I would be interested. They were both on the Board and had really enjoyed their experience. I wasn’t planning on running, but it sounded like a great group of people so I put my name in. I was both nervous and excited, but the on-boarding was positive and everyone is very supportive.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? Having the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other parts of our region that I normally don’t interact with.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? Get involved! This is a very welcoming place where you can learn more about the profession and make a difference.

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved? I really enjoy the opportunity to get the perspective of my colleagues from other institutions. As a Canadian, its great to hear what our colleagues south of the border are working on. I find it very fulfilling to learn that there are so many shared experiences in our profession.

What is some advice you’d give to someone interested in joining a committee or getting further involved in NWACUHO? (This could be attending events virtually, going to our conferences, running for a co-chair position, running for a board position, contributing to soundings blog, etc.). No experience necessary! I think its natural to question whether or not you have something to contribute, especially when you are new to the profession. The truth is that everyone has someone to offer and your peers have something to learn from you even if you are new.

Anything else you’d like to share? Fun facts? I love hiking and travelling and seeing new places!

Are you interested in learning more about Steve’s experience volunteering with NWACUHO? You can contact him at corporate@nwacuho.org!

Also consider donating your time or resources to NWACUHO as part of our NWACUHO 2020 Initiative!


Do you know someone who would represent the NWACUHO region well through a larger leadership role? Each year we have multiple board of directors positions open and committee leadership roles available! Learn more about our full elections process, frequently asked questions, and more here: http://nwacuho.org/elections/!

Election Process

Each January, we hold an elections process for the vacant Board of Director positions.  Similar to previous years, voting will occur remotely with the Senior Housing Officer (SHO) from each 2020 member institution casting their vote. While there will only be one ballot cast per institution, we do encourage departmental discussion in decision making.

If you are interested in running for one of our open positions, you must first complete this “intent to run” form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019.

If you would like to nominate a colleague to run for one (or more) of our open positions, please complete this short nomination form.  Our Past-President will reach out to the person that has been nominated and let them know that someone has nominated them and encourage them to run for the open position.

For any interested individual that completes an intent to run form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019; all other application materials will be due by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Friday, December 20, 2019.  Please see the “To Apply” portion of this page for information on what will need to be submitted by Friday, December 20th.

Available Positions in 2020

  • President-Elect, term expires: February 2023
  • Corporate Relations Director, term expires: February 2022
  • Washington Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • British Columbia Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • Alaska/Yukon Representative, term expires: February 2022
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NWACUHO Scholarship Reflections: ACUHO-I STARS College

By Sonya Dauncey


This June, I was given the amazing opportunity to attend the ACUHO-I STARS College Conference with the help of a NWACUHO scholarship. This conference, as many know, gives participants more knowledge and excitement for heading into the field of Student Affairs. Such a conference attracts a lively bunch of undergrads all looking forward to their potential future in this field. The community built from this likeminded group paired with the plethora of information provided by our amazing faculty made for an unforgettable experience.

This year, the conference was held in Toronto at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. Because of this placement, there was a higher focus on and more conversation surrounding the I in ACUHO-I. On top of the greater mention of the Canadian system and how the path to Student Affairs looks from a Canadian perspective, globalization and internationalization were topics also discussed in a breakout session. This session, presented by faculty Chad Nuttall, provided some amazing insight into how not only University of Toronto Mississauga approaches internationalization, but also how other universities in different countries also approach this same topic. For Chad Nuttall’s university, international students make up one of the greatest populations on their campus. He explained some of the processes that had to be changed in order to make University of Toronto Mississauga better for these international students – such as eliminating the fee to stay over winter break. Looking at the rational of internationalization and analyzing why countries like Australia have one of their largest exports being education, as well as how universities can better support their international students was incredibly eye-opening.

Following this theme, STARS also was visited by a group of about 15 international Student Affairs professionals visiting several university campuses in Canada. For one of our lunches, we sat at a table with one or two of these guests and were able to ask questions and answer their questions about our universities and how each one approached Res Life. It was incredible to be able to compare not only how each of our universities within the United States and Canada organized Res Life on our campuses, but also compare that to Res Life outside of our continent. One of these guests was from the UK and was describing the difficulty in getting people interested in being Resident Advisors based on the culture surrounding their campus life. Another guest from South Africa described the housing separation by gender to keep with the expectations of the culture. A guest from France described the Residence hall distinctions between private and government owned, which I then was able to experience as I studied in France right after STARS College. The insights that these international professionals were able to bring as we discussed differences and similarities in our systems provided another unique insight that I would not have been able to gain without this experience.

Of course, these were not the only things discussed at STARS – history, grad school and assistantship prep, bias, residential curriculum, and more were topics also examined. However, this idea of the international stage that many universities reside in is important to consider as a part of Res life. Because of this experience, I will not only be able to better service the students as a Resident Advisor this year, but also the students I will have going into my grad school and professional life. I am extremely grateful for NWACUHO for supporting my journey to STARS and I look forward to what lies beyond as I enter this field.

Sonya is the 3rd from the right, next to middle

 

 

Sonya Dauncey is entering her last year of undergrad at Eastern Washington University and will be attending grad school for Student Affairs in 2020/21. Please feel free to continue this conversation at sdauncey@eagles.ewu.edu!

 

 

 


Learn more about Scholarships & Awards through NWACUHO!

Scholarships

Each year, NWACUHO supports professional development for its membership through multiple scholarship opportunities to attend regional and national conferences and training.

For the NWACUHO Annual Conference, we accept applications and nominations for the below scholarships. Visit the individual scholarship page to learn more about the scholarships, and click on each form below the scholarship list to nominate an applicant. All scholarship nominations are due December 2, 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific. Recipients will be notified via email the week of January 6, 2020.

We will accept applications and nominations for the below scholarships each spring.

Awards

NWACUHO Awards recognize the work of members in our region in a multiple areas of experience and expertise. Nominations are collected and reviewed before annual conference. At the conference, The Best of the Northwest program award is selected by conference attendees, and the Annual Conference Case Study Competition winners are announced.

Specific information on each award and the criteria used for selection are listed below:

Nominate someone for any of these awards here!  Nominations are due Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59PM Pacific.

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Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – President

Meet Janie Sacco Ed.D. (She/Her/Hers), your current NWACUHO President! We asked our NWACUHO Executive Board to share some advice and reflect on their experience volunteering with NWACUHO. See her responses here!

Where do you call home? I’m originally from Washington State. Currently, I live in Lacey, Washington.

How long have you been in the region? 6 years

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? I got involved with NWACUHO my first year as a residence director when I presented at the annual conference.

How did you get involved on the Board of Directors for NWACUHO? What were you feeling when you planned to run? Were there any fears, excitement, or other feelings that you had to think about before running? I got involved with the board of directors in 2016 when I was nominated to run by a colleague. After two years of service, I ran for president-elect in 2018. I was nervous when I ran both times, but excited about the opportunity to volunteer within the region and represent the membership. If you are nervous to run, but think you can make a positive impact (you can!) I would strongly encourage you to run for a position.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? My favorite part about being involved in interacting with fellow board members and representing members. Whenever I hear that a member had a great experience or has an idea for the association, I get filled with excitement. Those are my favorite moments.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? I would encourage someone who is new with the association to join a committee to get to know your peers.

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved? NWACUHO is an amazing organization because you get to be connected with colleagues internationally. I find value in being challenged to look at higher education from a different perspective.

What is some advice you’d give to someone interested in joining a committee or getting further involved in NWACUHO? (This could be attending events virtually, going to our conferences, running for a co-chair position, running for a board position, contributing to soundings blog, etc.). Being present is being involved. Read the newsletter, follow us on social media, and attend a committee meeting. Any contribution you can make to the association is amazing.

Are you interested in learning more about Janie’s experience volunteering with NWACUHO? You can contact her at president@nwacuho.org!

Also consider donating your time or resources to NWACUHO as part of our NWACUHO 2020 Initiative!

Do you know someone who would represent the NWACUHO region well through a larger leadership role? Each year we have multiple board of directors positions open and committee leadership roles available! Learn more about our full elections process, frequently asked questions, and more here: http://nwacuho.org/elections/!

Election Process

Each January, we hold an elections process for the vacant Board of Director positions.  Similar to previous years, voting will occur remotely with the Senior Housing Officer (SHO) from each 2020 member institution casting their vote. While there will only be one ballot cast per institution, we do encourage departmental discussion in decision making.

If you are interested in running for one of our open positions, you must first complete this “intent to run” form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019.

If you would like to nominate a colleague to run for one (or more) of our open positions, please complete this short nomination form.  Our Past-President will reach out to the person that has been nominated and let them know that someone has nominated them and encourage them to run for the open position.

For any interested individual that completes an intent to run form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019; all other application materials will be due by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Friday, December 20, 2019.  Please see the “To Apply” portion of this page for information on what will need to be submitted by Friday, December 20th.

Available Positions in 2020

  • President-Elect, term expires: February 2023
  • Corporate Relations Director, term expires: February 2022
  • Washington Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • British Columbia Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • Alaska/Yukon Representative, term expires: February 2022
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NWACUHO Scholarship Reflections: ACUHO-I Mid-Level Institute

By Ben Medeiros


First, thank you NWACUHO for the opportunity to attend the Mid-Level Leadership Institute (MLLI).  Given the cost of this conference, I may not have been able to attend without the support of NWACUHO and the scholarship.  The institute was a great opportunity to reflect on my own career within Housing and Residence Life, and develop further as a leader to benefit not only my own path, but our field, our institution, and the students and professional staff I work closely with.

One of the biggest aha moments for me was during the opening keynote, in which a Senior Student Affairs professional referred to the VP of Student Affairs position as a ‘classic’ mid-level leadership position.   I think her statement caught a lot of us by surprise, including the MLLI facilitators, but the more that I reflect and unpack this, the more it resonates with me.  Many of us think that an advanced position could mean more autonomy in our decision-making authority, but the reality often is that as we advance, these decisions do not become more independent but that much more collaborative and interdependent.

There were so many of these moments that resonated with me, but to avoid this turning into a novel, I thought I would quickly share some my favorite notes from the conference.

  • Know your housing master plan and the priorities for your Division and Institution. If you don’t know these, you could be working off the wrong map.
  • If you’re not managing your image (or your department’s image), someone else is. Sometimes you have to toot your own horn.
  • When making a tough decision, make the best decision with the information available and was the best right thing to do.
  • Learn how to handle critics. If they’re a student, consider hiring them.
  • Never pick a fight with the media.
  • Document everything. You never know when you’ll need to cover your (or your department’s) back.
  • To successfully support students, all the ‘pillars’ of a housing department (Residence Life, Facilities, Operations, e.g.) must be successful and actively working together in balance.
  • Build your network before you need their support. Who are your advisors both on campus and at other institutions?
  • Inclusion and retention are important for students, and also for our professional staff.
  • Be prepared to talk about what you want to change in 90 seconds or less with a story that animates the current condition and what needs to be done to change that.
  • Never speak bad about a current or previous institution.
  • Effective assessment happens when data, narrative, and visual impact overlap.
  • Always be gracious with others in a search process, and especially if you’re not successful in a search. It may leave a good impression and create an opportunity for next time.

The most valuable part of the conference for me was the networking with other professionals across the nation and from Canada.  While there weren’t others who had the exact similar position as mine, their experiences as mid-level professionals mirrored my own and gave me an additional space to process and reflect on my experience including departmental re-organizations, staffing structures, political environments, and even the supervision of other mid-level professionals.  I enjoyed getting to know Scott Hammell and hearing about his experiences as a Director at a small Catholic liberal arts college, and connecting with Sarah Sotvedt from the University of Sakatchewan, the only other attendee from the NWACUHO region to my knowledge.  My brief time with Jan Walbert, the senior consultant for K&A’s Executive Search Services, was invaluable.  I also had my own geek out moment and in-depth conversation with Stephen Berg, who is one of the authors of an article I quote all the time on my campus, and sometimes in the ACUHOI Forum – but that’s a whole different Soundings Blog article.

I left MLLI with a lot of great memories, great insight into being more successful in our field, and with the start of new relationships that I hope to maintain for years to come.  It was a great experience and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity.  If you’re thinking about attending MLLI, do it.  Register, and apply for the scholarship available through NWACUHO.  I’m so glad I did.

Ben Medeiros

 

 

 

Ben Medeiros is the Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives & Assessment for University Housing & Dining Services at Oregon State University. He has more than 10 years of experience in Housing & Residential Education, working previously at Santa Clara University and Washington State University.

 

 

 

 


Learn more about Scholarships & Awards through NWACUHO!

Scholarships

Each year, NWACUHO supports professional development for its membership through multiple scholarship opportunities to attend regional and national conferences and training.

For the NWACUHO Annual Conference, we accept applications and nominations for the below scholarships. Visit the individual scholarship page to learn more about the scholarships, and click on each form below the scholarship list to nominate an applicant. All scholarship nominations are due December 2, 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific. Recipients will be notified via email the week of January 6, 2020.

We will accept applications and nominations for the below scholarships each spring.

Awards

NWACUHO Awards recognize the work of members in our region in a multiple areas of experience and expertise. Nominations are collected and reviewed before annual conference. At the conference, The Best of the Northwest program award is selected by conference attendees, and the Annual Conference Case Study Competition winners are announced.

Specific information on each award and the criteria used for selection are listed below:

Nominate someone for any of these awards here!  Nominations are due Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59PM Pacific.

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AAEEBL/EPAC Webinar: ePortfolios and Residence Life at the University of Alaska Anchorage

By Ryan J. Hill


Please join us for an interactive discussion on using ePortfolios to support the professional development of students.  The Department of Residence Life at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) has piloted several iterations of the rehiring process of student staff members and recently incorporated ePortfolios with great success. Student staff members were asked to create portfolios of their accomplishments aimed at encouraging students to reflect on the impact of their work on their residents and the community. Ryan will share ePortfolio examples and describe how UAA is assessing the impact of ePortfolios in supporting student employment in residential education programs.

 

This webinar is open to the AAEEBL/EPAC/AAC&U communities all and others who are interested in the topic. Please join us! Please register here by the close of business on Tuesday, August 6: https://forms.gle/Uy3pRTBjTaSQQmLR7.

AAEEBL/EPAC Webinar: ePortfolios and Residence Life at the University of Alaska Anchorage
Presenter: Ryan J. Hill, Associate Director of Residence Life
Thursday, August 8, 11 a.m. HI/1 p.m. AK/2 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. GMT
Friday, August 9, 7 a.m. AEST/9 a.m. NZST

 

Webinar registration is available here: https://forms.gle/Uy3pRTBjTaSQQmLR7.

 

Ryan will be presenting this webinar in partnership with the Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBC) and the Electronic Portfolio Action Committee (EPAC).


 

Ryan J. Hill graduated with a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Georgia in 2013. Ryan now serves as the Associate Director of Residence Life at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he coordinates initiatives such as training, recruitment, and professional development. Ryan also serves at the Regional Advisor for the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. Ryan is passionate about serving students and ensuring their personal and academic success.

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Presidential Reflections: Past, Present, and Future Part Three

By Bob Lambert


This is the third and final part in a three part series brought to you by NWACUHO’s Presidential Trio which consists of our Past-President, current President, and President-Elect. Bob Lambert, our President-Elect, shares his reflections and hopes for the future in this next segment. 


Hi NWACUHO!

My name is Bob Lambert and I’m very honoured to have been elected as your President Elect at the 2019 conference in Portland, Oregon. I’m currently the Manager, Residence Life at Mount Royal University is Calgary, AB and I previously served on the Board of Directors from 2015-2017 as the Alberta Provincial Representative. One of the many reasons that encouraged me to volunteer on the Board a second time is the fellowship I witness when I am among NWACUHO members. The mentorship, commitment, and energy I encounter from this community has inspired me since I was a New Professional. I look forward to doing my part to see this community continue to progress forward.

The international aspect of our Association is unique and I believe is one of our greatest opportunities. An incredible amount can be learned when we have different contexts and environments around us, and I am excited to be the sitting president for our 2021 conference in Calgary, AB. Before then however, we have an amazing conference being planned in Bellevue, Washington! A major role of mine is to generate a valuable programming schedule for the conference in Bellevue. Remember; it is never too early to start thinking about a session you could contribute to the membership. Presenting is a great opportunity to share your expertise and preferred practices. I would be happy to discuss any ideas you have!

Take good care and please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do as a board to make your membership a valuable one. Let us continue to share our experiences, learnings and wisdom with each other. Our Association grows in strength when we do

Sincerely,

Bob Lambert

pres-elect@nwacuho.org

Picture of Bob Lambert, President-Elect

Bob Lambert is currently the Manager, Residence Life at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. He serves at the President-Elect for NWACUHO. 

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Be A Part Of NWACUHO’s Mentorship Program!

by Karen Schlieder


In February 2019, I signed up to be a part of the NWACUHO Membership Engagement committee. One of the primary focuses of this committee is to provide additional resources and opportunities for professionals to get involved, learn, and expand your residential experience. One of our main goals was being able to bring the mentorship program new life in the coming year. Our committee have been focusing our efforts these last couple months on revitalizing the NWACUHO Mentorship program. 

The NWACUHO Mentorship program will be able to provide one on one interactions for new professionals with mid/senior level professional all over the region. It will give our new professionals a space to talk through current issues and trends, identities, and form long term professional development goals. This program will give our mid-level/senior housing officers the opportunity to engage with others in our region and share their experience, feedback, and build skills to our new professional’s. Overall, our goal is to formulate new relationships and network for individuals to grow and expand our mission to connect professionals and provide an enriching experience in residential environments. 

Russell Jones, talks more about how mentorship has impacted his life and career:

My career has been largely influenced by the mentors that I have had over the years. Whether it was as a student in my undergrad or more recently in my career, mentors have challenged me when my viewpoint may have been limited or my confidence wavered and they have shared in my successes, supported me through transition, and served as a sounding board when faced with difficult decisions. I’m a big proponent of life being a communal effort so finding support systems, and in turn reciprocating that support, has become a cornerstone to my experience in Housing & Residence Life. I would encourage anyone looking for opportunities to get more connected in the region to engage with our community through the NWACUHO mentorship program. 

For those that sign up by August will then get paired up in September and will be provided monthly topics of discussion with your partners every month until May and then have the opportunity to continue on or gain a mentor as well! For those interested in being a Mentor or Mentee please go on to our committee site and sign up or see below and share your experience!!

Be A Part of NWACUHO's Mentorship Program. The NWACUHO Mentorship program will be able to provide one on one interactions for new professionals with mid/senior level professionals all over the region!

Be A Part of NWACUHO’s Mentorship Program. The NWACUHO Mentorship program will be able to provide one on one interactions for new professionals with mid/senior level professionals all over the region!


Presented by the Membership Engagement Committee (MEC), the Mentorship Program is a 12 month opportunity for entry/mid-level professionals to aid their development in the field.  MEC will provide you with the structure and support to ensure your pairing is successful. Mentors/mentees will be matched by the MEC on a rolling basis.

ANYONE CAN SIGN UP to be a mentor or mentee.  An unwritten rule in the Student Affairs world has always been that you pay that “mentoring” forward, to grow our profession and propel it forward.

IT’S EASY TO CONNECT with your mentee/mentor.  You can e-mail, chat on the phone or Google Hangouts, follow each other on social media, and can also expect to have designated time to meet at our annual conference – hopefully you’re attending!  The MEC will also provide you with topics you may wish to talk about throughout the year, but feel free to let your own interests guide your discussion.

THE BENEFITS ARE ENDLESS when joining the mentorship program.  You’ll build lasting connections, learn different perspectives and have an additional support person in the region.

To sign up to be a mentor, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/8Qa1gmsvtJ5ZfJSc8

To sign up to receive a mentor, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/jh8NJZE52C9aWBuG9

We will then pair you up based on your answers!

Questions?  Contact the Membership Engagement Committee Chairs: Scott Etherton and Joshua Scroggins: engage@nwacuho.org


Blog written by Karen Schlieder, Area Director of Apartments & Operations from Western Oregon University. Karen received a scholarship from NWACUHO to attend the 2019 National Housing Training Institute (NHTI). To learn more about other scholarship opportunities, apply here!

The Membership Engagement Committee members that are helping to facilitate the Mentorship Program are: Isai Vela, Karen Schlieder, Russell Jones, and Scott Etherton. 

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Presidential Reflections: Past, Present, and Future Part Two

By Janie Sacco


This is the second part in a three part series brought to you by NWACUHO’s Presidential Trio which consists of our Past-President, current President, and President-Elect. Janie Sacco, our 2019-2020 President, shares her reflections in this next segment. 


An audio recording (video) of the below content is also available. 

Hello NWACUHO!

My name is Janie Sacco and I am serving the region as President for the 2019-2020 year. In addition to my service to the NWACUHO region, I currently work at Saint Martin’s University as the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life as well an adjunct faculty member in the Gender and Identity Studies department. NWACUHO has been my professional home since 2013 when I returned to the region and began work as a Residence Director. I have been a member of the board of directors since February 2016 when I began my service as a Washington State Representative before becoming a member of the presidential trio. Along with our Past-President, Shelly Clark, and President-Elect, Bob Lambert, I am pleased to share my reflection and hopes for the upcoming year. During my presidency, I will be focusing on the idea of stewardship and how we can create an organization which is beneficial to current and future members. 

This year, we are embarking on the fourth year of our Master plan. We will be looking at our sustainability as an organization, how we can best engage our members, and how we can meet the evolving needs of housing professionals and students. The board of directors work on the master plan over the next two years will set the stage for the 2022-2027 master plan. As we engage in this work, we will continue to put our members first. Our members are core of our organization and it is my hope that our work continues to benefit you and your professional development journey. 

In addition to working on our master planning efforts, this year I am excited to invite you to participate in the 2020 initiative. The 2020 initiative is a way for us to focus on how we, as members, can give back to the association and create a strong foundation for future members. With that said I encourage each of us to consider how we can invest, with our dollars or time, in the region. You can find out more about opportunities to contribute to the 2020 Initiative at http://nwacuho.org/about-nwacuho/nwacuhos-2020-initiative/.

Finally, I encourage each of you to think about how you can become involved or continue your involvement with NWACUHO this year. My involvement in the region started in committee service. Our committee co-chairs and committee members do amazing work and committees are a great way to practice stewardship. Whether it is joining a monthly roundtable with our Communications Committee, participating in our Slack Group with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, participating in our upcoming Mentorship Program with our Member Engagement Committee, or attending a First Friday Webinar hosted by our Professional Development Committee, there many ways in which we can serve the region throughout the year. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you all and wishing you all a successful year. I look forward to seeing you in Bellevue, Washington in February 2020 for our annual conference. 

Sincerely,

Janie Sacco II, Ed. D.

NWACUHO, President

Janie Sacco

Dr. Janie Sacco is currently the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life and an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Gender and Identity Studies department at Saint Martin’s University. She is the President for NWACUHO through the 2020 Conference

 

 

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Presidential Reflections: Past, Present, and Future Part One

By Shelly Clark


This is the first part in a three part series brought to you by NWACUHO’s Presidential Trio which consists of our Past-President, current President, and President-Elect. Shelly Clark, our Past-President, shares her reflections in our first segment. 


 

 

“You can’t turn an aircraft carrier 90 degrees.  The most sustainable change in direction of an aircraft carrier is to make small incremental changes over the course of a number of years.  Making small incremental changes dramatically changes the trajectory without breaking the ship apart.”

– Dr. Larry Roper

While I was completing my Masters degree at Oregon State University, I had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Larry Roper about the process of creating organizational change.  Dr. Roper often described the long term vision, sustained energy, and wayfinding skills needed for creating significant organizational changes as being a similar process as changing the course of an aircraft carrier.  Putting too much strain on the framework of the aircraft carrier breaks the ship apart, not changing your course will lead your ship to running aground.

2008 – 2011 was a time of great change in our Association.  It was a time where we defined our Association core values and purposes, filed for non-profit status in Oregon, and in 2011 officially became a 501(c)6 retroactive to the date of incorporation.  In 2012 our Association celebrated their 50th year as an Association. (http://nwacuho.org/about-nwacuho/history-and-background/)

Under the leadership of Josh Gana (the University of Washington), Steve Fitterer (Mt. Royal University) and Richard DeShields (Central Washington University) our Association embarked on creating the first version of the NWACUHO Master Plan in 2011-2012.  The goal of this master planning document was to be able to give our Association guidance as we were charting our path for the next few years. When questions about the direction, decisions, and rationale for our path came up; we were able to center ourselves on this master planning document.  In 2017 it was time to reinvest in our Association master planning process and realign our Associations actions with the voices of our membership. Our Association leadership, again guided by the voices of our Association, then authored our 2017-2021 Master Plan. You can find our current Association master plan here:  http://nwacuho.org/about-nwacuho/masterplan/

You might be saying, “That is great history, Shelly, but why does this matter now?  Why is this an important enough conversation point for it to be featured in The Soundings?”  Part of the role of serving as Past-President to our Association means that I have a responsibility to listen to the voices of our Association and recommending action to our Board of Directors.  Serving as Past-President means that you have had the opportunity to develop competency in understanding the long term vision of our Association, have the sustained energy to serve our Association, and have an acute understanding of our Associations wayfinding processes.

We are currently mid-way through fulfilling our 2017 – 2021 Association Master Plan.  We have completed some tasks, are in process of completing others, and have some work that has yet to begin.  If you have feedback on how we are doing or want to call our attention to something that has been omitted in our planning process I invite you to contact our President-Elect, President, or myself.  You are also invited to contact any member our our Board of Directors. Contact information can be found here: http://nwacuho.org/about-nwacuho/board/  

Believe it or not, we will soon begin work on our 2022 – 2027 Master Plan.  Before you know it, we will be reaching out again to our Association to learn more from our membership about their vision for our Association.   

 

Shelly Clark is currently the Associate Director of University Housing at Western Oregon University. She is the Past-President for NWACUHO.

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Cognitive Impacts of Financial Stress and Strain

Author: Olivia Stankey

“Students attending college in today’s society are doing so following the worst recession since the Great Depression” (Serido et al, 2014).  This reality has implications on our students for both their current and future financial lives. The financial decisions students make in their years of undergrad will have an effect on the rest of their lives – positively or negatively.  It is more important than ever that our students know how to navigate the financial realm around them. Unfortunately many of our students are not coming into college equipped with this information.

Financial Literacy is defined as, “a person’s ability to process economic information as well as make informed decisions about financial planning, wealth accumulation, debt, and pensions” (Lusardi & Mitchell, 2014).  As a sub-portion of Financial Literacy, Student Loan Debt Literacy is defined as, “The ability to identify, understand, interpret, and navigate student loan options, principles, and practices associated with responsible borrowing and debt management” (Lee & Mueller, 2014).  Taking a moment to reflect, if you have student loans, do you know how to identify, understand, interpret, and navigate this realm? Who taught you what you needed to know about finances? Student loans? Who is teaching our students?

In addition to the overall importance of learning to have agency over your own financial life, being under financial stress and strain, as many of our students are, has actual cognitive consequences.  Financial Strain is defined as, “financial demands that tax one’s ability to manage those demands [and] is a source of stress among college students” (Serido et al, 2014). According to the study done by Serido and colleagues (2014), there are five cognitive consequences for individuals under Financial Strain:

  1. Limited view of potential financial options
  2. Blind-spot for long term effects of financial decisions
  3. Not enough time spent gathering relevant information
  4. Errors made in their assessments and predictions
  5. Oversimplification of their decisions

Thinking about your students, have you seen this happen?  Have you seen a student sign up for a credit card to pay their late student tuition bill without thinking about the interest rates?  Have you seen students express financial strain but then not visit the Scholarships and Financial Aid office? What ways have your seen this phenomenon affect your students and what can you do about it?

There are a number of proactive actions you can take as a professional to support your students around financial literacy and alleviating the effects of financial stress and strain.  Below are three action steps you can take with no financial expertise required, as you may also be under financial stress and strain.

  1. Get to know the students that you work and interact with.  There is a significant amount of shame around financial need, so getting to know the student and building trust is the first step in helping the student help themselves.  
  2. Become familiar with that your campus does to help students in financial need, from financial assistance to counseling for stress.  
  3. Look for opportunities to save students money while protecting student anonymity, such as meal plan donation programs, offering full meals at programs instead of snacks, scholarship forms that are one page or less to complete, and not providing an entrance fee to services.

 

References:

Lee, J. & Mueller, J. A. (2014). Student loan debt literacy: A Comparison of first-generation and continuing-generation college students. Journal of College Student Development, 55(7), 714-719.

Lusardi, A. & Mitchell, O. S. (2014). The economic importance of financial literacy: theory and evidence. Journal of Economic Literature, 52(1), 5-44.

Serido, J., Shim, S., Xiao, J. J., Tang, C., & Card, N.A. (2014).  Financial adaptation among college students: Helping students cope with financial strain. Journal of College Student Development, 55(3), 310-316.

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