NWACUHO

Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

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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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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