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NWACUHO Statement Regarding 2021 Conference

 

An audio recording (video link) of the below content is also available and included at the end. 


NWACUHO Statement Regarding 2021 Conference

NWACUHO Colleagues,

I hope you’re all doing well. The last time I wrote to you was just before the NWACUHO Board of Directors met for our Annual May Board Meeting. Like many meetings happening for us right now, we met virtually. Although a full day virtual meeting isn’t always the easiest of tasks, we were in no shortage of items to discuss! A few of which I wanted to share with you in this blog post.

The primary discussion topic facing us was the 2021 Annual Conference in Calgary. This may not come as a surprise to you but we made the difficult decision to reschedule our conference. After much personal reflection, discussions with the presidential trio, past presidents and of course the Board of Directors, I am confident this is the best decision for us as an Association. With so many budget restraints facing our member institutions, travel to Calgary and ultimately the success of an in person conference would be in jeopardy. I have been working closely with Helms Briscoe, our site procurement partner and the Hyatt Regency, and we have been fortunate to reschedule a Calgary conference to February 2022 without any financial penalty.

With this decision made and finalized, we know there are many more decisions to make and opportunities to consider. The idea of not providing an opportunity in February 2021, however is not an option! We are committed to providing a gathering and opportunity for us to come together as a region. We all know that the collaborative sharing of ideas, best practices and future trends are so important for our industry, students, and professional development. So as we continue to brainstorm and get creative with how February will look, know that we are committed to keeping this opportunity affordable without reducing value.

Another consideration we voted on during our Board meeting was the shifting of membership dues. As you are aware, these dues are paid in February before the Annual Conference. We proposed to all SHOs that we shift this schedule to align with our fiscal year. This vote passed which means that your 2020 membership will extend 6 months until June 30th and your 2021 membership fee would be due July 1, 2021. We hope this positive structural change for our dues also allows you to all stay connected!

Finally, as we continue to work hard as a Board of Directors and conceptualize how NWACUHO can serve all of you during this time, we invite you to share your own ideas! I will be hosting, along with other members of the Board of directors a virtual hangout and brainstorming session on June 30th at 2:00pm (AK), 3:00pm (PST), & 4:00pm (MST). This space is being provided for us to share with you some of our ideas, plans for the future, but most importantly, as an opportunity for you to give us your thoughts! We want to maximize engagement and access and we value your insight as we work to do so!

We hope you can make it and in the meantime, I wish you all of the best.

Sincerely,

Bob Lambert

NWACUHO President

 

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A Note From the NWACUHO Board of Directors

By NWACUHO Board of Directors


NWACUHO Colleagues,

As your Executive Board at NWACUHO, we share in the horror and grief of the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. We recognize that this unjust death is only the most recent unjust death in the past weeks including, but not limited to, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor. We say their names here to make explicit the violence perpetrated on Black people and the systemic racism experienced by people of color and, in particular right now, Black community members. It is hard to find words that offer comfort and solace during this time. We can say for certain however that we are always strengthened by our diversity and the contributions of each and every member within our Association. These racialized and senseless acts of violence being witnessed are wrong and we must continue to stand up against these inequities.

To our Black friends and colleagues: We see you and we understand that these unjust acts have a unique impact on you and that they may carry significant impacts on your bodies and spirits. We will do our best to support you in seeking out and asking for the support and resources you need.

To our friends and colleagues who are White and People of Color who do not identify as members of the Black community: This is our opportunity to step up and take direct and personal action to educate ourselves; to reflect on the ways we consciously or unconsciously support and reinforce racialized systems of oppression, in particular against Black people; and to take specific and meaningful action to interrupt and dismantle those systems.

NWACUHO is committed to active inclusion and involvement of all our members. As fellow professionals and friends, we hope all of us do our best to support one another during this time. The Board of Directors, along with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, are working to create opportunities for the members of our Association and specifically our colleagues of colour. Our commitment also means that we continue to reflect and identify ways we can improve our access and remove barriers for our members. Our organization needs to be free from these injustices. NWACUHO also needs to continue it’s efforts in diversity and inclusion, with the hope of being an anti-racist organization. Inclusion work is never done and we hope to continue to improve and do better for our members.

In order to enrich the housing profession, each and every person should feel heard. We invite you, our members to share feelings with us and or suggest ways we can better your experience with NWACUHO. We’re here to listen and support you as best we can.

Sincerely,

Your NWACUHO Board of Directors

Bob Lambert, President
Janie Sacco, Past President
Stephen Jenkins, President-Elect
Andrew Beck, Treasurer
Tiffany Firestone, Communications Director
Ben Medeiros, Corporate Relations Director
Michael Zangl, Technology Director
Timothy Ledna, Alaska Representative
Nathan Riley, British Columbia Representative
Lindsey Gibson, Oregon Representative
Melinda Gilliam, Washington Representative

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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

403-440-6279

president@nwacuho.org

 

 

 

 

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NWACUHO 2019 Mid-Level Challenge

By Octavio Gutierrez

Every architect has played with LEGO blocks at some point in their life – and many still do. The simplicity of modular, color-coded blocks lets one inject creativity and beauty with limited, and even then only self-imposed, constraints. So, when asked to develop the Mid-level Challenge for the 2019 NWACUHO (Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers) Conference last February in Portland, Mahlum turned to the venerable block for inspiration and invited housing professionals to develop their ideal student community. Four teams of professionals – conference attendees representing Colleges and Universities across the Pacific Northwest – accepted the challenge.

Formatted as a game board experience, the challenge simulated the design and procurement process of a student housing project.  Each team was provided a fixed budget and a site at Portland State University, and professionals were tasked with engaging exhibit hall vendors (designers, builders, vendors and service providers) as they deliberated important and realistic scenarios – following their projects from conception through day-to-day operation.Each team was asked to start by developing a program, and Mahlum was on hand to offer advice on site and planning restrictions. With standardized housing and amenity “blocks”, each team quickly saw the potential of stacking and arranging different program components in a manner that spoke to their vision of a student community. While some teams prioritized density, others focused on themed experiences. All teams finalized their program by assembling their program massing models.
With a design concept in hand, teams were then asked to walk the exhibition hall floor. They were encouraged to first visit a contractor and engineer to verify project budgets and consider potential building systems: Walsh Construction made sure each team met their construction budget while PAE offered insights on potential enhancements, increasing awareness of the importance for planning for sustainable systems. Teams were also asked to procure other necessary services, such as furniture and operational software, by exchanging play money – “Stumps” in this case – for game board stickers.
The challenge was capped by a short presentation to a panel of jurors consisting of Mahlum, Michael Griffel (University of Oregon) and Mike Walsh (Portland State University). Each team outlined their community priorities, project program, budget, and vendor interaction. Massing models were useful in conveying the big ideas, and the jury was impressed at the level of interest, engagement and innovation in the massing/stacking process.

Pictured above are Joshua Scroggins and Isai Vela, the 2019 Mid-Level Challenge 1st Place Winners!


Read about this event on the Mahlum website! http://www.mahlum.com/nwacuho-2019-mid-level-challenge/

Interested in Participating in the 2020 Advancing Professionals Challenge?

Note: named changed to reflect broader inclusion of professionals)

Exhibitor Orientation:

Monday February 17, 2020 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Redmond 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

If you are an exhibitor and would like to participate in the 2020 “Advancing Professionals Challenge”, this session is for you! Come learn about the rules and outcome of the game, the budget given to participants, and how to help participants receive the winning proposal!

Participant Orientation:

Monday February 17, 2020 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Kirkland 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Advancing Professionals Challenge:

Tuesday February 18, 2020 9:45am – 11:20am
Grand Ballroom 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

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LifeWire: Together Against Domestic Violence

Each year, NWACUHO selects a local, non-profit organization to support.  This year, NWACUHO is proud to support the work of LifeWire.

ABOUT LIFEWIRE

Everyone needs a safe and healthy home to reach their highest potential and fully contribute to our community. At LifeWire, we help adults, children, and youth who have been impacted by domestic violence to build safer, healthier homes by offering support, resources, and professional services including survivor advocacy, mental health therapy, legal advocacy, shelter, and housing. And we work with youth and young adults to develop healthy foundations early in life, preventing future violence.

LifeWire has served survivors and their families in east and north King County, Washington since 1982.

Our mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional, and societal beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate it. Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.

LifeWire offers survivor-driven, trauma informed services, promotes prevention through community-based training and coaching, and leads through pioneering strategies and partnerships.

Resources From LifeWire Website:


Ward Urion from LifeWire will be representing the organization at NWACUHO 2020!

Ward Urion began his career in the field of ending domestic and sexual violence in the criminal legal system as a court-based domestic violence advocate and Victim Assistance Unit Manager in the adult and juvenile courts with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. This 20 year experience informed his passion for prevention and social change. His post legal system career is wide and varied with positions as a professional development trainer addressing harassment & gender-based violence in the workplace, a human services city planner and a mental health program coordinator.  He spent several years as project director of the Men’s Domestic Abuse Check-Up, a NIH funded, randomized clinical controlled research study at the University of Washington, School of Social Work, testing a motivational enhancement therapy to act as a catalyst for change for self-identified, non-adjudicated abusive men. He spent just under a decade facilitating a psycho-educational group with incarcerated men in the King County Jail and was executive director of a State certified perpetrator treatment program.

In 2004, he co-founded the Men’s Network Against Domestic Violence, a 501 (c) 3 working to engage men in ending gender based violence.  As Social Change Manager at LifeWire he conducts outreach, training and directs prevention efforts by engaging youth, educators, faith leaders, coaches and other community leaders in ending and preventing gender-based violence through healthy relationship skills training and pro-social norms development. He serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, helped to redraft State laws relating to perpetrator treatment services and has presented nationally and internationally.

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Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – President-Elect

Meet Bob Lambert (He/Him/His), your NWACUHO President-Elect!

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? Calgary, AB (and the mountains).

How long have you been in the region? 5 years

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? I initially got involved by being the Alberta Representative on the Board of Directors in 2015.

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 very excited to apply to be the President Elect and get back involved with NWACUHO. I gained so much professional development from being the Alberta Representative and I loved working with a committed Board of Directors dedicated towards doing great work for the members of the Association. I value the work that is completed and I feel very lucky to have been given an opportunity to contribute to the NW region.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? My favorite part of being involved with NWACUHO is the sense of community I feel when I attend a conference, listen to a webinar or engage with members. I love connecting with this wonderful group of professionals dedicated to improving the residence experience for students.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? Get involved and ask questions. It is such a welcoming region of professionals and I would encourage anyone to submit a program proposal for the conference, listen to the First Friday Webinars or join a committee. These offerings are valuable ways to grow as a professional, share your expertise and give back to the association.

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved? The value of getting involved for me always comes back to knowledge sharing. We all get better when we share our learning, experiences and practices in our work that make a difference. We work in an industry that is always in flux and our practices will always be involving. Getting involved with NWACUHO helps us all do better work!

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.). Don’t be afraid to reach out to current or past board members or committee chairs/members to learn more about what their experiences have been like. We would all be willing to answer questions and provide perspective on what our experiences have been like!

Anything else you’d like to share? Fun facts? In my spare time I like listening to music on my record player and doing anything outside! Especially hiking and biking. If you have any favorite hikes where you live, let me know so I can try them out!

Are you interested in learning more about Bob’s experience volunteering with NWACUHO? You can contact him at pres-elect@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 the President-Elect position or Alaska/Yukon Rep., you must first complete this “intent to run” form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Friday, December 13, 2019 (deadline extended for these positions). 

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 Holiday Gift Exchange

By NWACUHO’s Membership Engagement Committee


NWACUHO Gift Exchange

Once again, we find ourselves at the conclusion of another year.  A time that some of us associate with warm feelings, various holidays, gratitude and being in community with one another.  It’s a perfect time to reflect on ourselves and our relationships with those we love and appreciate.  As we transition to 2020, I invite everyone to take a moment out of your day and embrace what many call the “reason for the season” and find ways to show your gratitude for the ones you appreciate and those you love the most. 

We know that gratitude has a significant positive impact on both those who provide it and those who receive it.  We know that it improves communication in personal relationships, it helps employees feel more motivated at work and we know that gratitude can improve the overall happiness of those who receive it.  So this season seems like the perfect time to embrace gratitude and find ways to incorporate it into our day to day, both personally and at work.  I ask you, have you told someone today that you were thankful for their efforts?

There are many ways we can express gratitude.  As you read this, I hope you focus on your overall life and not just the workplace (although the workplace is very much part of our day to day).  Consider using the following strategies to demonstrate more gratitude, during this season and throughout the year.

  • Thank someone for their efforts – A simple thank you for someone doing something can go a long way at helping them feel like they matter.  Sometimes a more in-depth method of thanking someone could be in order, such as a thank you note.  These are a great way to help your gratitude last longer than the moment as people can keep and re-read them at their leisure.
  • Recognize someone publicly – Our communities are full of opportunities to nominate individuals for awards and other recognition.  Take a minute to notice what opportunities exist for you and think about who might be deserving of that award.  Take the time to write that nomination and even if they don’t win, share the submission with them so they can see what they meant to you and why you nominated them.
  • Provide gifts or tokens of appreciation – Gift giving is another tradition that is common for showing gratitude and many times these items are saved for years as a reminder of that memory.  Gifts can be small items that show that one is thinking about another person or demonstrate the appreciation one has for another person.

In the spirit of recognition and gratitude, NWACUHO wants to provide an opportunity for the membership to engage with and show gratitude for each other.  We only have the opportunity to come together once a year, so we wanted to provide this opportunity to engage outside of the annual conference.

This year, NWACUHO will be hosting a gift exchange.  Each person who signs up for the gift exchange will be responsible for purchasing and sending a gift to another person in the association.  This gift (including the shipping cost) shouldn’t be anything over $15 USD/$20 CAD.  It’s meant to be a small token of appreciation and an opportunity to demonstrate gratitude for the relationships we build through NWACUHO.  If you’re interested in participating, please fill out the sign up form no later than Thursday, December 12th. All gifts will need to be purchased and delivered by December 31st.  If you’d like more information, please visit the sign up and all the expectations and logistics will be listed there.

So take time to recognize and thank those around you.  Our time with each other is often short and the moments that we have will be memories in a heartbeat.  I wish you a wonderful end of the year and that your season is filled with kindness, love and joy.

If you’re interested in participating, please fill out the sign up form here!

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Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – Alberta Representative

Meet Charlene Chia (She/Her/Hers), your NWACUHO Alberta Representative!

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

Where do you call home? Calgary, Alberta and Coquitlam, British Columbia

How long have you been in the region? Since 2010

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? In 2011, when I was a Residence Coordinator at the University of British Columbia, the Residence Life team was given the awesome opportunity to go to the NWACUHO conference in Vancouver.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? My favourite part has been having the opportunity to learn from and meet people from the different regions. I enjoy hearing about their unique experiences and passion for residence /supporting students.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? My advice would be to jump in and get involved! This doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. It can be as simple as sitting on a committee, volunteering to help direct folks at the conference, engaging in the chat box during the First Friday Webinars …e.t.c. Choose what works best for you. The main ideas is to be engaged!

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved?

You get a lot from being involved such as:

    • learning best practices
    • being part of a community
    • building personal and professional relationships with great colleagues
    • opportunities to fine tune skills and gain new experiences
    • a venue (such as committees) to be creative, start initiatives, and impact the greater association
    • access to various platforms to share and gain knowledge.

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.). If you are interested, but unsure of whether to, how to, or what to do, reach out to your regional representative! We would love to chat with you about all the different opportunities to get involved and to help you get connected!

Anything else you’d like to share? Fun facts? Charlene shared two photos with us! One is from my trip this past May to Singapore and the other is from a trip this past June to a wedding in Kimberley, British Columbia!

 

Are you interested in learning more about Charlene’s experience volunteering with NWACUHO? You can contact her at alberta@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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Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – British Columbia Representative

Meet Christine Zapisocki (She/Her/Hers), your NWACUHO British Columbia Representative!

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

Where do you call home? British Columbia (BC)

How long have you been in the region? 29 years

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? Recommended by my Director, Student Life & Development – 5 years ago

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 planning to run for the BC Rep in 2017. While at the conference I was approached by some of my Alberta colleagues about a nomination for the Alberta Rep position. Because there were was another candidate running for BC, no one for Alberta and I was involved with the RLPA I agreed to accepting the nomination. As I result I became the Alberta Rep through acclamation. At the time I felt nervous and excited; nervous about having to speak to the membership without preparation when accepting the nomination; and excited about becoming involved with the Association and the opportunity to learn more about the industry from my colleagues on the Board.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? Learning about the industry and Association from a group of amazing and supportive colleagues. Being a part of a community related to my profession.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? Making learning the Association’s cycle a priority. Have face to face conversations with the Institutes in your area (phone or otherwise); these have way more impact than emails!

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved? The value I see and got out of getting involved includes; practical professional development, the relationships you will build and innovative ideas you will be exposed to.

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.). By getting involved you are being self-directive and responsible about honing your skills and building your career. Start small; take in a webinar, sit on a committee, or just write something for the blog or news letter. Then move into a Board position. When you become involved with the Board set aside regular time in your calendar to meet you Board responsibilities so that you can stay on top of them.

Anything else you’d like to share? Fun facts? This Association is amazing because the people are amazing – don’t let the opportunity pass you by!

Are you interested in learning more about Christine’s experience volunteering with NWACUHO? You can contact her at britishcolumbia@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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Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – Technology Director

Meet Michael Zangl (He/Him/His), your NWACUHO Technology 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? Most of my family is from Shelton, WA, but my dad was in the Air Force, so a little bit of everywhere (highlights include Seattle, Virginia, and Germany!).

How long have you been in the region? 3 years as a professional.

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? I got involved as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee and Programming committee three years ago!

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? A Board member reached out and encouraged me to consider running for a position. I wouldn’t have thought that, as a new professional, I could serve the association in such a way, so I was (and am) nervous to do my best in service to our members throughout the region.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? Being involved on committees was my favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO. As someone who was new as a professional to the region, serving on committees was a great way to meet people at the conference and feel a connection to other professionals around the region.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? I know it sounds cheesy, but get involved! There are so many ways to get involved while still maintaining balance, but you’d be surprised how rejuvenating it can be to connect to other professionals who aren’t on your campus and work on different projects to improve the opportunities provided to members!

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved? I think that the networking and rejuvenation are valuable reasons for getting involved. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am at now without my involvement in NWACUHO.

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.). NWACUHO is built on supporting members follow their passions that will contribute to the professional development of our members, so, if you have any interest or ideas, just reach out to any of our Board members and they will set you up!

Anything else you’d like to share? Fun facts? When I’m not updating the NWACUHO website, I love checking out new places to eat and drink, going to the movies, and binging the latest series! I’m trying to like running, but we’re still in a love/hate relationship…

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

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

Did you know that Michael won the NWACUHO New Professional Award at our 2019 NWACUHO Conference? Nominate someone you know for the 2020 award!


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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