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An Update from the Chair (page 3)

In this issue...

Join us at the ACPA Annual Conference! (pages 4-5) Making the Best of your Conference Experience (page 6) A Letter From a Student to Mom (page 7)


The Commission for Housing and Residence Life Directorate Body Amy Franklin-Craft, Chair Student Affairs Specialist Michigan State University frankl96@msu.edu

Social Responsibility/Civic Engagement/Pluralism and Inclusion Rex Jackson, Vice Chair Assistant Director of Residence Life Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville rjackso@siue.edu Kohya Lu Associate Director of Residence Life University of Massachusetts, Lowell Kohya_lu@uml.edu Jerome Holland Associate Director of Housing & Residential Life Tufts University Jerome.Holland_Jr@tufts.edu

Dawn Aldrich Associate Director St. Louis University Daldric1@slu.edu Emily Stuber Residence Hall Director Macalester College estuber@macalester.edu

Ed Tillet edmund.d.tillett@gmail.com

Assessment, Student Learning and Development, and Teaching Steve Knepp, Vice Chair Community Director Binghamton University sknepp@binghamton.edu Hilary Lichterman Associate Director of Residential Learning Initiatives University of South Carolina hilaryl@mailbox.sc.edu Kyle Williams Area Coordinator Texas A&M University, Commerce k.williams@tamuc.edu

Jim Love Assistant Director of Residence Life St. Olaf College love@stolaf.edu Troy Seppelt Director of Residence Life Colorado Mesa University tseppelt@coloradomesa.edu

Ethics and Legal Foundations Meredith Carpenter, Vice Chair Coordinator for Human Resources University of Maryland mcarpent@umd.edu Leah Shaw Assistant Director of Residential Life Binghamton University lshaw@binghamton.edu Derrol Rhodes Director of Housing and Residential Life New York Institute of Technology Drhode01@nyit.edu

Candace Doane Assistant Director for Community Living Goucher University Candace.doane@goucher.edu Scott Helfrich Director of Upper Campus Living California University of Pennsylvania helfrich@calu.edu

Erica Hedrick Director of Residence Life Endicott College ehedrick@endicott.edu

Advising and Leadership Patrick Duffy, Vice Chair Internship Coordinator Westchester Community College Patrick.r.duffy@gmail.com Ashley Staples Residence Hall Director New York University Ashley.staples@nyu.edu Sarah Mansfield Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing Stevenson University smansfield@stevenson.edu

Daniel Schniedermier Area Coordinator Santa Clara University Dannystl79@gmail.com Lindsay Whipple Assistant Director American University whipple@american.edu

Scott Schuhert Associate Director of Residential Life Binghamton University sschuher@binghamton.edu


March 2014

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We’re just days away from Indy! I suspect that if you’re like me, you’re thinking to yourself “so much to do, so little time. I’ve been thinking about that notion a lot lately – seems like we always have just one more thing (or more) to get accomplished. I think that’s why it always amazes me when people choose to volunteer their time in professional service to others. Take, for example, members of my directorate board, five of whom will “cycle off” the commission this year. Our commission wouldn’t be nearly as successful as it is without their leadership! I cannot sing the praises of 24 individuals (and still keep your attention) so I’ll highlight only my most veteran colleagues. Patrick Duffy is currently the Internship Coordinator at Westchester Community College in NY. He’s also concluding his term as Vice Chair within our commission. I so admire his ability to rally those with whom he works, provide clear direction, and get his goals accomplished. A detail and task man at heart, he’s a fun-loving professional and up-andcoming leader! Rex Jackson works at Southern Illinois University as an Assistant Director of Residence Life. Also a Vice Chair, Rex has amazing planning skills. In addition to his work as Vice Chair and with the Residential Curriculum Institute, last year he began working with a few colleagues from another commission to solicit chapters for an edited book about Gender Flexible Housing. With twelve chapters in the works, Rex has begun a significant under-taking and will clearly leave a lasting impression in the field. Troy Seppelt is the Director of Residence Life at Colorado Mesa University. He’s an amazing professional and scholar. He’s done amazing work, not just with the commission, serving as a Vice Chair, sponsoring and facilitating several webinars, spear-heading the commission awards program, and more, but he’s also been intimately involved in the development and instruction of the Residential Curriculum Institute. Emily Stuber is currently a Residence Hall Director at Macalester College. What a go getter! She and her “partner in crime” Dawn Aldrich did a fantastic job soliciting and managing the sponsored programs process. Always attentive to detail, Emily and Dawn ensured that each Coordinating Presenter was awarded a registration for conference (on our Commission). The programs selected this year look outstanding! Candace Doane, is one of those dynamos who, in addition to her role as Assistant Director for Community Living at Goucher College, is a new mom, holds a state delegate position in MCPA, and ensured that the commission directorate body had timely updates about commission initiatives. Jerome Holland is Associate Director of Residential Life and Learning at Tufts University. He served in the role of commission chair just before me. Always ready to lend a hand, he’s been the pick-up player and commission cheer leader! I admire his genuine care for others and ability to rally the commission.

I hope if you have a minute during conference and happen to run into these fine individuals, you will thank them. Ultimately, ACPA Commission for Housing and Residential Life members are the benefactors of their work! Thank you for all of your efforts! Just a subtle reminder, we’ll be electing a new chair this year! I also want to thank the remainder of our Commission Directorate Board. It’s been a great year. Here’s to building upon a solid foundation!


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CHRL Sponsored Programs Down With Diversity Day: Infusing Intergroup Diversity Dialogue Throughout RA Training Tuesday, April 1st - Viraj Patel, Georgetown University 12:00-1:00pm, Indiana Convention Center 140 Inviolable and Admonitory Norms among Housing and Residence Life Professionals Monday, March 31st - Maureen Wilson, Bowling Green State University 6:30-7:30pm, Indiana Convention Center 234 Living Entrepreneurially: Embracing Change in Residence Life Monday March 31st - Sean P. Watson, St. Louis University 9:00-10:00am, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Ballroom 8 The Neighborhood Model: Supporting Student Success through Departmental Partnerships Monday March 31st - Larry D. Long, Michigan State University 10:30-11:30am, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Indiana F REINVENTING Residence Life for Mid-level Professionals: Taking charge of your future Co-sponsored with Mid-Level Community of Practice.

Monday, March 31st - Laura L. Arroyo, Elon University 9:00-11:30am, Indiana Convention Center 236

CHRL Open Meetings & Events ACPA Showcase – CelebrACPA Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:00-10:00pm Open Meetings All are welcome to attend! Monday, March 31, 2014 2:15-3:15pm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 1:00-3:00pm

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown - Indiana C

CHRL Social, hosted with OCM – Drinks & Food! Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:30-11:00pm (Awards at 9:45pm) Rock Bottom Brewery, 10 West Washington St.


March 2014

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Commission for Housing and Residential Life Awards Excellence in Service Award Greg Johnson Excellence in Sustainability – Individual Award Tonie Miyamoto Excellence in Sustainability – Program Award Katie Morrison Outstanding Experienced (4-9 Years) Professional Award Amber Fallucca Outstanding Experienced (10+ Years) Professional Award Scott Helfrich Outstanding Graduate Student Award Clarissa Greguska Outstanding Innovation Award University of Delaware Outstanding New Professional Award Siobahn May Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award Amanda Mouser


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By Scott M. Helfrich, D.Ed. Conference season is fast approaching with the major student affairs and higher education-related conventions occurring within the next few weeks. Conferences are packed with educational sessions, professional networking opportunities, and the chance to socialize and reconnect with colleagues and friends from across the country and world. I would like to offer some suggestions on how to make the most out of your conference experience. Spend Time to Meet New Colleagues - I am confident to say that we are all friends in student affairs! We share the same professional culture and experiences and love discussing what we do. Nowhere can we do this more than at national and regional conferences. Introduce yourself to colleagues you are sitting next to during sessions, attend Tweet-Up’s, and participate in conversations related to what is going within our profession. Making new friends and professional connections is not only fun, but can also help you down the road if you ever need to contact someone outside of your own campus for objective advice or ideas. Make the Most of Using Social Media – With the advent of application-ready hand-held devices, we all have the ability to share our thoughts and the thoughts of session presenters with those who are not in attendance at the conference. By using a conference-related Twitter hashtag, you can create tweets by sharing snippets of the educational information you learn during sessions as well as your own feedback (this is called the “backchannel“). Not only will this help you to pay attention to the main points, but this is basically public note-taking that you can refer to later and that your campus colleagues and superiors can follow as well. In this regard, you have a lot to share when someone asks you, “So what did you learn at the conference?” Do More Than Just Interview – For those of you who will be interviewing and networking for new positions, particularly graduate students, do not spend your whole time at the conference interviewing. By only interviewing, you are missing out on a whole host of other educational opportunities and chances to interact with professionals you normally would not have. Set a reasonable limit as to how many interviews you will schedule and take the rest of your time to participate in other conference activities. Enjoy ACPA 2014 in Indy! We hope to see you there!


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Dear Mom, Hope all is going well for you and Dad. Things are a going “pretty well” here. I was recently “visited” by my RA (We should probably talk about that soon). During my “interaction” with her, she made “note” of several items in my possession that are prohibited in the Residence Halls (Ooops). My RA was nice enough to tell her supervisor about me and I got a really nice “invitation” to meet with him. Our “conversation” was quite educational. He’s a great guy. He’s even setting up a “conversation” for me with the Dean of Students. Impressive huh? In the meantime, he suggested that perhaps my room had too many items in it and that I should send stuff home. In the box you will find: Munchies I got in Amsterdam (Stroop waffles, Dutch cookies & candy). I’ll no longer need them. Bottle of French wine and 2 wine glasses Two Yankee candles Scented wax warmer Kitchen Knives

Wall Tapestry Picture Hanging Kit Lava Lamp Extension Cord Dart Board and Darts Decorative String Lights Queen sized electric blanket

I’ve also included the autographed copy of Lessons Learned: How to Avoid the Biggest Mistakes Made by College Resident Assistants you gave me. I don’t think I’ll be applying for a position this year. Just want to remind you how much I love you! Have a great day Mom. Me

Want to write an article? Have a topic you want to know more about? Have information or an event to share? Just follow the link below! http://tinyurl.com/kcou3kv The next newsletter is coming in March!

Invite your colleagues to join the Listserv! To subscribe to the Commission for Housing and Residential Life listserv, please follow the following directions: https://members.myacpa.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/person/Listserv.html 1. Log in with your myACPA username and password. 2. Find the line for "Commission for Housing and Residential Life," verify your email address and select an option from the drop-down menu (subscribe single or subscribe digest). 3. Select “Submit Changes.”

March 2014  

The Commission for Housing and Residence Life

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