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Walsh Construction Co. Building Smart â€˘ Building Green â€˘ Building Community www.walshconstructionco.com Located in Washington & Oregon Walsh Construction Co. is a general contractor specializing in student housing, academic facilities, affordable mixed-use and multi-unit housing. Renovation, historic preservation and high-end resorts round out the Walsh portfolio. University of Washington Nordheim Court
executive committee President Elaine Ames Operations and Marketing Manager, UHNSP Central Washington University 400 E. University Way, MS 7513 Ellensburg, Washington 98926 509.963.1838 email@example.com
Treasurer Micheal Seraphin Coordintor of Purchasing Willamette University 900 State Street Salem, OR 97301 503.370.6055 firstname.lastname@example.org
President Elect Kelly Ammendolia Assistant Director of Residence Life University of Puget Sound 1500 N. Warner St. #1003 Tacoma, WA 98416-1003 253.879.3317 email@example.com
Secretary Jenni Chadick Assistant Director of Residence Life University of Puget Sound 1500 N. Warner St. #1003 Tacoma, WA 98416-1003 253.879.3317 firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President Steve Fitterer Director Residence Services Mount Royal University Alberta, Canada 403.440.6279 email@example.com
Newsletter Editor Andrew K. Rogers Residence Life Coordinator Seattle Pacific University 206.378.5290 firstname.lastname@example.org Website Administrator Patrick Cunningham Application Developer University of Oregon 541.346.4281 email@example.com
Products and Services Coordinator Esther Gaines Area Coordinator Gonzaga University 502 East Boone, MSC 2515 Spokane, Washington 99258 509.313.4155 firstname.lastname@example.org
British Columbia Representative Lawrence Lam Residence Life Coordinator University of Victoria. PO Box 1700 STN CSC Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 250.853.3136 email@example.com
Alaska-Yukon Representative Maria Bonifacio Associate Director of Residence Life University of Alaska Anchorage 3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane, Anchorage, AK 99508 907.751.7448 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Representative Erik T. Elordi Assistant Director of Family Housing & Conference Services Southern Oregon University 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland, OR 97520 541.552.6229 email@example.com
Alberta Representative Judy Eyben Res Life Facilitator Lakeland College 5707 College Drive,Vermilion, AB T9X 1T2 780.853.8480 Judy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington State Representative Michelle Primley Benton Administrator for North Campus/ Diversity Initiatives University of Washington Housing & Food Services 206.543.4862 email@example.com
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State and Provincial Updates
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the soundings the official NWACUHO newsletters soundings editorial board The editorial board is comprised of volunteer members throughout the NWACUHO region. Duties include assisting in the development of an editorial schedule, submission of interest articles, and soliciting articles and feedback from the members of the association. If you are interested in being a member of the editorial board, please contact your state or provincial representative or the newsletter editor. editorial and submission policies Deadlines for publications are based on distribution needs, and therefore it is important that members honor the established deadlines. Material not received on time, or not used due to space limitations will be considered for use in the next issue. Because soundings is the official publication of an educational association and reflects the professional standards of its members, necessary revisions will be made to ensure publication quality. soundings also reserves the right to edit submissions for space requirements. Authors bear full responsibility for references, quotations, and data accuracy of publications submissions. Authors also hold NWACUHO harmless from any liability resulting from publications of articles submitted for printing. Be sure to clearly indicate the author(s) and institution(s) on all submissions. Permission is granted to reproduce portions of soundings’ contents with proper attribution and credit to soundings. Advertisements in the soundings should not be considered an endorsement. For information on exhibitor advertising rates please contact: Esther Gaines, Product & Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-313-4155. Please send all submissions (articles, letters to the association, updates from around the region, and announcements) to: Andrew Rogers, soundings editor at email@example.com **Please attach articles using MS word document or type the submission into an email.
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Update By Elaine Ames NWACUHO President Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. - Benamin Franklin The core purposes of NWACUHO are to promote best practices, encourage professional development, foster the collaborative sharing of ideas, and examine future industry trends. We can experience and participate in all of the core purposes at the 2013 annual conference. The University of Puget Sound is the host for the conference at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA on February 3 – 5, 2013. The theme “Fusing Passion with Purpose” will serve as an inspiration for programing and reflection throughout the conference. Your opportunity for two full days of outstanding keynote speakers and programs presented by your peers begins with the conference welcome on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. We have two great keynote speakers for you to experience. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Care for Self While Caring for Others, will discuss with us
her philosophy of transforming trauma, suffering and crisis in a healthy and sustainable way. She will have some of her work available for you to purchase as well. Mike Segawa is Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Puget Sound. As a past president of NWACUHO and a former director of housing, he will share with us how the passion for his work and people led him to his current position. He will be discussing how to find purpose in our work and build relationships. There is a call for program proposals as well. Are you wondering if you should submit one? Please do. The best conference program is one in which there are a variety of topics with all areas of housing represented - whether you are a new or senior level housing professional or whether your area is facilities, operations, budget or residence life - this is an opportunity for all of us to share our ideas, successes, and perhaps even the failures, as lessons are learned equally in failure as well as success.
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“Fusing Passion with Purpose” About Our Theme: Tacoma, Washington is home to the Tacoma Glass Museum and native Dale Chihuly, whose famous glass art is infused throughout the culture of the city. To create glass art you need fire and heat—in our work, we need passion to fuel our sense of purpose and see our goals come to fruition. This theme emphasizes and celebrates the passion that drives our purpose! At the 2013 conference, we are excited for you to share your passion and purpose!
The conference is about having fun too.
The University of Puget Sound has planned several pre-conference activities for your enjoyment: Mt. Rainier – This is a beautiful national park located only 60 miles from downtown and is open year round with only a $15 per vehicle fee. There are several winter activities from snow-shoe walks to sledding. Golf at Chambers Bay – Home of the 2015 U. S. Open, it is only 10 miles from Hotel Murano. Overlooking Puget Sound, this beautiful location also offers great running/walking trail that follow the hilly three mile perimeter of the golf course, and is a great and free way to enjoy the beauty. Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio – Create your very own piece of art just steps from the Hotel Murano. With a pre-arranged special rate for NWAUCHO attendees, what better way to explore the art of glass blowing? Coffee Tasting – For all of you coffee lovers, here is an opportunity to enjoy and experience different flavors and blends from ‘Bluebeard’ which has topped several of the “best of” lists. Along with the countless hours of preparation by the host committee, the executive board has also been very intentional in our decisions and negotiations to keep the cost as low as possible for the conference. We wish to be affordable to as many members as possible. The executive board and planning committee at the University of Puget Sound
About Tacoma: Tacoma, known as the City of Destiny, is Washington State’s third-largest city, with approximately 199,800 residents. Located at the foot of Mount Rainier and along the shores of Commencement Bay in Washington state, Tacoma is recognized as a livable and progressive international city. The city was incorporated in 1884 and has grown from its historical roots as a home of sawmills and a bustling port that exported goods around the world. It is known now as a center for international exports, the arts and healthy, affordable living.
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Fun Facts About Tacoma • Dale Chihuly, who is internationally renowned for his glass art, was born and raised in Tacoma, and is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound. • Gary Larson, creator of “The Far Side” comic, grew up in a blue-collar household in Tacoma.
About Travel and Lodging Specific details about travel and hotel accommodations are available on NWACUHO’s website. Hotel room reservations must be made by January 21, 2013 to secure the conference rate. Alaska Airlines has provided NWACUHO attendees flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with a discount off airfare. Parking is available onsite at the hotel for a daily rate.
• Singer and actor Bing Crosby (1903 - 1977) was born in Tacoma. • Tacoma is home to the landmark Stadium High School featured in the movie Ten Things I Hate About You. • Brown & Haley’s Almond Roca candy was first made in Tacoma. • The first Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge, the Galloping
About the Hotel Murano Centrally located in the heart of downtown Tacoma, the beautiful Hotel Murano is just blocks from some of the best restaurants, shopping venues, and world famous sightseeing in the city. Voted number six on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice list, the Murano is a luxury hotel with a modern design, excellent customer service and dining, and all the comforts of home! It houses a worldclass collection of glass art that stands up to the country’s finest. Each floor of guest rooms features a different glass art theme, artist, and piece.
Gertie, collapsed due to windinduced vibrations on Nov. 7, 1940, after just a few weeks of operation. • Union Station, built in 1911, began as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The landmark depot was designed by Reed & Stem, the same architects who created New York’s Grand Central Station.
Conference Opportunities by: Kelly Ammendolia President-Elect and Conference Host Committee Chair CALL FOR PROGRAMS
NWACUHO is looking to offer a breadth of programs at the 2013 conference and we need your help! Whether you’re a new or seasoned professional working in residence life, operations, facilities, etc., we know you have valuable insights and experience to share! Submit your proposal to present at the annual conference by December 1, 2012 via NWACUHO’s website. Our conference theme is Fusing Passion with Purpose and we hope this theme will spark your creativity when you think about the content and delivery of your program session.
Scholarships help make attendance at the annual conference possible for graduate students and new professionals within their first three years of professional experience who are pursuing careers in housing and residence life. The New Professional Scholarships and Vennie Gore Scholarship provide varying levels of financial assistance toward conference attendance in the form of registration fee waivers, travel reimbursements, and lodging. If you are eligible to receive one of these scholarships, or if you know someone who is deserving of this recognition and assistance, please apply/nominate! More information and application materials are available on NWACUHO’s website. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2012.
One of the best ways to get involved in our association is to volunteer during the annual conference. What a wonderful way to get to know regional colleagues and give back! Registration for the annual conference will go live on NWACUHO’s website on October 22, 2012. When you register online, you will have the option to express interest in volunteering—please do! Conferences run smoothly thanks to members like you, who generously give their time and energy to helping behind the scenes. If you do indicate that you would like to volunteer at the conference, the volunteer coordinator will email you in December or January to provide you with more information. Thank you in advance for your help!
CASE STUDY COMPETITION
During the annual conference, new professionals who have been in the field for one to three years are invited to participate in this collegial competition. Participants will be teamed up with colleagues from other institutions to work through a higher education/ housing scenario. Each team will present their response to the scenario in front of a panel of senior housing officers. More information about this excellent professional development opportunity will be announced at the conference!
NEW TO NORTHWEST WELCOME
This event occurs just before the opening reception on Sunday of the conference. If you are a new professional or simply new to the northwest region, join us for an informal and fun networking opportunity! Meet other “new” colleagues from around the region, learn more about NWACUHO, and get your bearings before the conference officially kicks off! See you there!
Open Chairs The available positions on the 2013 – 2014 NWACUHO Board of Directors by Steve Fitterer, Past President
Letters of Interest / Nominations Due: November 23, 2012 Happy Fall everyone!! It’s hard to believe but we are approximately 4 months away from Tacoma 2013 and it’s time to start thinking about getting involved on the Board. There are six positions open this year on the NWACUHO Board of Directors. Becoming a Board member is an excellent opportunity for anyone that is looking to expand upon his or her professional roles and fantastic way to give to the region. Nominees for positions on the Board of Directors must be employed at a member institution, have demonstrated a commitment to the mission and purposes of Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers, have the fiscal support of their host institution, and must have expertise in areas relevant to the needs of the organization. Positions take office at the closing 10
of the annual conference in February 2013. Some of the specific responsibilities are listed below. For more information, contact one of the current Board members, review the NWACUHO By-Laws on our website, or get in touch with Past President Steve Fitterer at sfitterer@ mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6279. Meeting Information: • The Board of Directors meets in person 3 times a year, typically in February, May, and October. • The May and October meetings typically begin on the first day at 1:00 p.m. continue throughout the following day, and wrap up around noon on the third day. There is a meeting tied to the annual conference in February and for this meeting we start on Friday night, meet most of the day Saturday, and finish up on Sunday morning.
• Dinner costs are covered during the meetings and breakfast and lunch on the full meeting day is also covered, other meals are considered “on your own.” • Flights and or other modes of transportation are taken care of by each individual and their home institution. For members who are having difficulty covering the cost due to issues around budgets, the Board may be able to assist in funding costs of travel. • Hotel is covered during the fall and spring meeting, but during the conference it is up to your institution to cover your hotel costs. • Agendas are developed by the President, with input from ALL members of the Board and sent out prior to the meeting.
AVAILABLE POSITIONS President Elect (1 year term, 3 year commitment, elected) The President-Elect is a one year term position on a three year track towards providing primary leadership for the association. As President-Elect, the incumbent is primarily responsible for the conference program and working with the host committee on the development of the year’s conference. Additionally, the President-Elect represents NWACUHO at the annual ACUHO-I Conference. The President-Elect transitions to become the Association President in his/her second year of service with the Executive Board, and then Past-President in his/her third year. The position is elected by the Association’s membership. Treasurer (3-year term, elected) The Treasurer is primarily responsible for providing fiscal guidance and advice to the organization and managing all on-going NWACUHO financial transactions and associated record keeping functions. The treasurer prepares various reports on an ongoing or as-needed basis including Quarterly and Annual Financial Reports and the Annual Proposed Operating Budget as well as coordinating membership dues. The position is for a 3-year term, and is elected by the Association’s membership. Newsletter Editor (2-year term, elected) The Newsletter Editor is primarily responsible for overseeing all production elements of the NWACUHO Newsletter “Soundings” which is published four times per year. Duties include coordination of newsletter production timelines, layout editorial functions and distribution. The position is for a 2-year term, and is elected by the Association’s membership Website Administrator (3-year term, elected) The Website Administrator is responsible for providing continuous design and informational updates and additions to the NWACUHO website; creating a website that is informative and comprehensive, navigationally easy and intuitive to use; managing the NWACUHO website; and implementing NWACUHO’s plan for internet service to the Association. The position is for a 3-year term, and is elected by the Association’s membership. State and Provincial Representatives: Alberta, Alaska, and Oregon (2 year term, appointed) The State & Provincial Representatives act as a liaison to members in their respective state or province, and work to represent the concerns and voice of the Association’s membership. Representatives also work closely with the President-Elect on the annual conference program. The positions are appointed by the Board for a 2-year term. If you are interested in any of the above positions, or in nominating a colleague for one of these opportunities, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 23, 2012: • A one page nomination statement and summary of experience for distribution to the association’s membership. • A letter of support of your involvement from your institution’s Chief Housing Officer or immediate supervisor.
NWACUHO Awards NWACUHO is currently seeking nominations for four annual awards. Nominations Due: December 7, 2012 Nomination Process for all awards: Please submit a one to two page letter of nomination describing the contributions of the NWACUHO member and the award that the member is being nominated for no later than December 7, 2012. The NWACUHO Board of Directors will select the award winner. Submit nominations to Steve Fitterer, Past President at email@example.com. Roger Frichette Excellence in Service Award Roger Frichette was one of the founding members of NWACUHO and served as the regionâ€™s first President in 1978 and held the position for a second year in 1979. The Roger Frichette Excellence in Service Award is designed to acknowledge the ongoing contributions of a professional in the NWACUHO region. The award will be given to a person who during the past year has demonstrated outstanding service to the region or at the national or international level. The David B. Stephen Award The prestigious David B. Stephen Award recognizes a member of NWACUHO who, over their years of service, has provided outstanding contributions to our association. David B. Stephen served this organization as President, Newsletter Editor, and initiator of the Northwest Training Institute and in many other capacities during his tenure in the Northwest. Through this award, we wish to honor those who have contributed to NWACUHO with the same kind of spirit. Kay Rich Lifetime Achievement Award Kay Rich was a pillar and mentor within NWACUHO for many years and served as the President in 1992. The Kay Rich Award acknowledges the contributions that individual housing professionals within our region have made as leaders and mentors throughout the course of their careers, whether at NWACUHO regional institutions or elsewhere. This is the highest honor that NWACUHO bestows. Housing Operations Award This award recognizes a member of NWACUHO for outstanding service in the housing operations areas during the past year (conference to conference). This award will be given to a person or team who has contributed best practices in their professional area. Special consideration will be given to those who have participated within the NWACUHO region through conferences, newsletter submissions, committee involvement, and other regional activities and events. This award is intended to recognize work outside of the traditional residence life arena. 12
Roger Frichette Excellence in Service Past Recipients include: 2012: Michelle Primley Benton 2011: Clive Pursehouse 2010: Holsag Canada 2009: Shane Detweiler 2008: Tina Fuchs 2005: Lyle Morse 2004: Dave Dettman 2002: Vennie Gore 2001: LA Amburgy 2012 Roger Frichette Excellence in Service Recipient Michelle Primley Benton
The David B. Stephen Award Past Recipients include: 2012: Richard DeShields 2011: Shelly Clark & Matt Lamsma 2010: Dan Larson 2009: Timi Tullis 2008: Cyndi Spear 2007: Sandi Schoonover 2006: Terri Tower 2005: Vennie Gore 2004: Michael Eyster 2003: no award given 2002: Dave Dettman 2001: Lyle Morse
2012 David B. Stephen Award Recipient Richard DeShields (left)
2000: Phil Campbell 1999: Peter Rosenberg 1998: Geoff Ward 1997: Tina Fuchs 1996: Jerry Kruse 1995: Kay Rich 1994: Mary Risebrough 1993: Mike Segawa 1992: Lauralee Hagen 1991: Chuck Cleveland 1990: David B. Stephen
Kay Rich Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients include: 2012: Roger Frichette 2011: Pam Schreiber 2010: Bob Tattershall 2009: Cindy Empey 2008: Michael Daughtery 2006: Jerry Kruse 2005: H.P. Barnhart and M. Edward Bryan 2003: Kay Rich 2012 Kay Rich Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Roger Frichette
Housing Operations Award Past Recipients include:
2012: Ron Ewanchuk- Facilities Coordinator, Tenant Services, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2011: Peggy Duncan, Kathryn Magura, Gordon Stratton, Oregon State University for their work on http://tillikum.org/ 2010: Elaine Ames, Operations & Marketing Manager, Central Washington University
The Rebirth of a CWU Landmark
By BARB OWENS, Ellensburg Daily Record staff writer During a ceremony Friday to mark the grand opening of Barto Hall, Central Washington University’s newest residence hall, CWU President James Gaudino took a poll of the audience. “How many of you lived in a residence hall, or as we called them a dorm, sometime in your life?” he said. Several hands in the room went up. “How many lived in one as nice as this?” Gaudino said, as most of the hands went down. “This is an absolute wonderful facility,” Gaudino said. The old Barto Hall, which was built in 1962, housed 200 students. It was demolished to make way for the new, $34.5 million, four-story residence hall which opened to students in September. It has more than 360 beds and is more than double the size of the old building. Gaudino said when alumni return to campus, they usually ask about their favorite faculty members and programs, but not before asking about their residence halls. “That’s really where their heart is because that’s where they spent so much of their time,” Gaudino said. The new Barto Hall has classroom-like environments, faculty offices, multiple study lounges and is home to CWU’s Douglas Honors College.
Wireless internet in rooms and lounges Coed by random rooms Shared rooms ADA accessible Connection Card access to hall Connection Card option in using laundry facilities Large lounges for social gatherings Multi-purposes rooms
Green Features at CWU’s New Barto Hall Central Washington University employed the team of Studio Meng Strazzara and Niles Bolton Associates, Inc., to design a home away from home that would set new standards for CWU residence hall environmental stewardship and energy efficiency. Barto is targeted to be CWU’S first LEED HOMES-MID-RISE PLATINUM Certification—exceeding building code standards. Sustainable features include: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: On the roof of New Barto Hall, CWU’s largest array of roof mounted solar photovoltaic panels will generate enough power to light the New Barto Hall for three months. The adjacent solar hot water collectors will save enough energy to supply power to three homes for a year. ENERGY EFFICIENCY: The high-performance building envelope and mechanical systems combine to save a projected 28 percent in annual electric and gas costs.
WATER USE REDUCTION: All plumbing fixtures are water conserving and provide a 21 percent reduction in water usage for the building. WASTE MANAGEMENT: By recycling, reusing, and salvaging materials, we are diverting between 70 to 75 percent of construction and demolition waste from the landfill. LOCAL AND REGIONAL MATERIALS: Using locally manufactured materials helps reduce the environmental impacts from transportation.
RECYCLED MATERIALS: Carpet, linoleum, plastic laminate, ceramic tile, metal decking, fiber cement siding, metal siding, and metal roof panel are all high in recycled content. AIR QUALITY: Each living unit is fresh air ducted with high efficiency air filters to promote good air quality. LOW-EMITTING MATERIALS: Indoor air contaminants are reduced by using carpets, paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives that meet low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) standards. GREEN DASHBOARD: An advanced green dashboard software package tracks all features of the building, as well as shows carbon footprint reductions.
state and provincial updates
Prince WIlliam Sound Community College Submitted by: Ronnie Houchin Student housing continues to grow at
Last Frontier Theatre Conference and
PWSCC is looking to increase our
Prince William Sound Community College.
continuing relationships with businesses
commitment to Alaska’s Native and rural
This past summer, we saw a marked
and organizations throughout the state of
student populations through the creation
increase in both the number of students
Alaska and beyond.
of a Native and Rural Student Center
staying on campus as they continued their
This year, occupancy is well above last
which would offer specific outreach and
studies during the summer, as well as in
year’s levels and our increased revenue is
programming for students residing in the
conference and guest housing revenue.
being used to purchase new mattresses
Summer revenue nearly doubled over 2011
and give our residence halls exteriors a
thanks in part to the nationally-recognized
new coat of paint. As the year progresses,
University of Alaska Anchorage Submitted by: Maria Bonifacio UAA Housing, Conferencing and Dining
in a two day workshop with Dr. Culp.
fresh bread and about a dozen fruits and
Services, working with Residence Life
Healthy eating on campus will become
vegetables such as apples, oranges,
has started a green initiative for our “to-
much easier this week as UAA launches
go” containers for our dining area. We
the new Commons Market on Thursday.
tomatoes, potatoes, onions and zucchini.
are using new plastic, sustainable to- go
The store will be open from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
All of the items will be stocked from Dining
boxes, which were created as a part of
in front of Bear Necessities in Gorsuch
Services and any unsold items will be
UAA’s sustainability program. Students
Commons offering fruits, vegetables and
returned to inventory to avoid waste.
who live in the Residence Halls and
fresh bread for students.
“I wanted it affordable and I wanted as
apartments received a new box in their
The program was created by Bob
room when they checked in. If they are
McDonnell, director of UAA Business
eating in the dining area and would like
Services, after he noticed that students
requests we may be able to expand a little
to take their meal to go, they simply need
were renting cars at Parking Services to
to bring their new container with them to
drive to the grocery store and buy produce.
Students will be able to pay for their
the dining area. Once they swipe for their
He then approached Seawolf Dining about
groceries inside the Bear Necessities
meal, they are given a new sterilized to go
the possibility of offering basic grocery
convenience store using cash, credit or a
container, which they replace with the one
items on campus.
they brought from their room.
much choice for students as possible,” “If we get special
“I thought, we have a full kitchen. We
“We’re going to be offering fresh fruits
As far as Residence Life goes, we
have a bakery crew that comes in and
and vegetables kind of like a regular Fred
are just plugging away with different
works all night. What if we had some kind
Meyer market,” said Amy Neill, assistant
initiatives and projects. We just met with
of market where we could offer students
general manager at Seawolf Dining. “We
nationally recognized educator, author,
that were living in the apartments a way
wanted to try to offer more healthy stuff
to get at least some of their food and not
and a variety of products for the students.”
creating a Culture of Evidence at UAA.
have the hassle of driving?” McDonnell
Representatives from all over Student
Affairs and Enrollment Services took part
The Commons Market will provide
Mount Royal University Submitted by: Brianna McElroy Here at MRU we had a wonderful summer
partners who are trained as instructors in
department. Students showed their school
and we experienced higher than usual
this course. This seemed to be a positive
pride by taking part in a 4km or 8km walk/
numbers for our conference season. Our
addition to our program and will continue
run and getting blasted with paint along the
summer was packed, but the beautiful
to explore how to increase awareness and
way. As well, all proceeds raised benefited
weather and the energy around the city
training in this area.
the Calgary and Area United Way. Last, but
was exciting as the 100th annual Calgary
Move in day for our residence went
not least, several of our student leaders are
Stampede took place. Along with that,
extremely well and the fall semester has
getting ready to partake in the 23rd annual
we welcomed Natasha Rogers to the
gotten off to a great start. We had record
LEAD conference that will take place
Residence Life Team as our newest
numbers at our welcome week events and
October 19th – 21st in Nordegg, Alberta
this past weekend we had a fantastic event
where they will spend the weekend learning
has worked at several institutions across
on campus that brought out large numbers
and connecting with others from British
Canada as well as some experience
of residence students to participate in
Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. We
working with post secondary students in
the first ever ‘Colour U Blue’ walk and
have a busy semester ahead, but we are
Europe. We are very excited to have her
run organized by our campus recreation
looking forward to it!
join the team here at MRU. This year we had a very strong training program for our student staff. Campus wide, Mount Royal is focusing on Mental Health awareness and programming. We had all of our RAs complete the Mental Health First Aid program that was run by campus The painted contestants of Mount Royal University’s first ever “Color U Blue” walk and run.
Lakeland College Submitted by: Colleen Symes
The last time she was at Lakeland
university near her home and another
College, Ruby-Rae Rogawski was
college in Alberta. Neither felt right to her.
fighting fires, driving tractors and
“I looked at Lakeland College once again
and decided to enrol,” says Ruby-Rae.
It was 2008 and she was a 13-year-old
She’s also enrolled Sydney, her Border
competing in the YTV television series In
Collie, in the college’s Stockdog Club.
Real Life. The Fort Langley, BC, resident
But that’s not all she has planned. “I’m
was one of 18 youth from across Canada
also going to join the Outdoor Recreation
tackling real life jobs throughout North
Club at Lakeland. It looks like fun,” says
America. They fought fires and farmed
the 17-year-old, who still loves tackling
at Lakeland College’s Vermilion campus,
auto raced in Georgia, performed stunts
As the winner of In Real Life, she
in Hollywood, and served as adventure guides in British Columbia. Ruby-Rae shone in the competition, eventually earning the “In Real Life Champion” title. This fall, Ruby-Rae returned to Lakeland College as a full-time student in the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation program at the Vermilion campus. “When we came to Lakeland College in 2008 for the show, I fell in love with
Ruby-Rae Rogawski, “In Real Life” star, returns to Lakeland College for studies.
the town and the college. We lived in residence for a week and the atmosphere was great. I had just finished Grade 8 and I hadn’t thought of any college options at that time, but I loved what I saw at Lakeland,” recalls Ruby-Rae. Last year, while completing her Grade
received a $15,000 RESP. However, she won’t have to dip into those funds for a while given that she received a $3,500 Academic Excellence Scholarship from Lakeland College because of her Grade 11 average of 96.6 per cent. To learn more about In Real Life, visit www.inreallife.ytv.com
12, she applied and was accepted to a
NWACUHO Soundings Red Deer College Submitted by: Tim Siemens New Announcements On September 19th Red Deer College
were formed from RDC staff and faculty
firm he founded that focuses on assisting
who sought input from more than 800
organizations with the development and
central Albertans about what the strategic
execution of strategic planning processes,
Strategic Plan. Entitled A Learner-Centred
direction of RDC should be over the
as well as strong governance practices.
Future, the plan was first presented
next five years. “RDC will no longer be
He has been focused over the last few
to faculty and staff by RDC President
Alberta’s best kept secret,” notes Ward.
and CEO Joel Ward. “We listened very
“We have always strived to deliver the best
Access Prosperity, an RDC partner whose
closely to our community both within
education possible and this plan ensures
mandate is to bring business investment
RDC and throughout central Alberta and
that we remain on that course and will be
to Central Alberta and support local
have responded to the passionate and
the post-secondary institution of choice for
businesses looking to expand beyond our
insightful input from so many who care
region. Prior to these roles, he was Vice
about the future of the College,” says
President of Corporate Affairs before being
Ward. “The RDC of 2017 will continue to
RDC is pleased to announce that
named Vice President of Governance and
serve our learners by offering expanded
Darcy Mykytyshyn has been named
Strategy at Community Credit Union (now
programming including more degrees.
as the new Dean of the Donald School
Servus Credit Union).
Leadership, excellence and innovation
of Business effective October 1, 2012.
from Mykytyshyn’s valuable experience
will be the hallmarks of how we operate
Mykytyshyn brings a unique blend of
in team management and long-term
in delivering relevant programs leading
leadership and management experience
to careers, and personal growth for our
into his new role as Dean. With 20 years
Lastly, RDC Residence would like to
of experience working as an entrepreneur,
welcome Amanda Carritt as our new
with entrepreneurs and in corporate
Administrative Assistant. Amanda has
through a unique collaborative process
been a very welcome addition to our
that brought together key stakeholders
consistently demonstrated commitment
office staff. She graduated from the
across all College departments and
to central Alberta through numerous
RDC Business Administration program in
divisions to give input, reflecting the
volunteer leadership roles.
2009, and is now taking her Bachelor of
The five-year plan was developed
diversity and viewpoints of RDC. Then,
Mykytyshyn has served as President
starting last December, twenty groups
and CEO of Strategy in Action, a consulting
RDC will benefit
Management degree through Athabasca University.
British Columbia University of British Columbia - Vancouver Submitted by: Lawrence Lam Staffing Changes: It is with mixed emotions that we say
included a session facilitated by the
Victoria Restorative Justice Society about
Our substance-free, quiet living and
goodbye to Zoe Woods, Coordinator
framing conduct follow up in a restorative
academic engagement themes & interest-
of Community Development & Student
based communities moved to Ring Road
Leadership. Zoe has accepted a position
Hall this year. We have seen a big positive
at Simon Fraser University. We wish her
Residence Services has partnered
change in the culture and demographics of
all the best in her new adventures!
with Life Coach/Advisor Roslyn Gaetz
Residence Services also welcomed 2
from the Resource Centre for Students
We are currently wrapping up a
new members to the professional team
with a Disability to facilitate leadership
very successful 6 weeks of orientation.
over the summer. Dalia Gonzalez is
development sessions in our Leadership
Themes included: Week of Wellness,
our new Business Officer, and Daphne
& Civic Engagement Themed Community.
SHAG (Sexual Health & Guidance) Week,
Andrews is our new Conference Manager.
Students who attend these sessions, as
and Academic Success Week.
well as a service project in second term
New staff training sessions this year
will be awarded with an achievement
University of the Fraser Valley Submitted by: Junelle Mah Staffing Changes: UFV is going through a potential re-
conference. Congratulations, Whitney!
conference in Alberta in October.
Professional Development Initatives:
Issues Our Institution has faced:
vamping of our Resident Assistant job
Whitney Fordham is attending the
position and recruitment for 2013/14. Stay
ACUHO-I Business Operations conference
inspections of Residence for Bed Bugs.
tuned for more information!
in New Mexico in October.
Process is conducted each semester and
Junelle Mah is attending her mandatory
Success with our regular canine
has helped reduce the impact of bugs in
Whitney Fordham, UFV’s Housing
residency as part of her Masters in
our residence. Process is also starting to
Professional Communication with Royal
become normalized as we educate our
won the ACUHO-I Business Operations
Roads University in October.
community on smart travelling, detection,
New Delegate Award to attend the Fall ACUHO-I Business Operations
Tracey Mason-Innes will be supervising
our Resident Assistants at the RLPA LEAD
Oregon State University After a competitive national search Jill Childress has accepted the position to be the new Assistant Director of Student Conduct within Residential Education at Oregon State University. Previously Jill served as the Residence Director of Weatherford Hall at OSU. Jill will be an outstanding addition to our Res Ed leadership team and we are excited to have her serve in this new capacity!
Southern Oregon University Progress on the North Campus Village
Intern this summer. Zach worked with our
is ahead of schedule! The 702 bed
summer residents, front desk operations,
residential complex and Dining Commons
and customer service.
will open in the fall of 2013. You can
With the start of the year, we had over
chairpersons. We have updated our community development model to include revisions of educational and passive programming
view progress on construction on our
300 students attend our Area Council
requirements, and have instituted the new
construction blog: construction.sou.edu/
elections last week, which is the most in
term “community builder” to include those
at least 5 years. Our RHA constitution was
spontaneous interactions that require
drastically overhauled at the end of last
little planning but have a large impact on
Santos, a graduate student from the
We had the pleasure of hosting Zach
year and resulted in four revised executive
University of Arizona, as an ACUHO-I
board positions and three new committee
Willamette University Willamette University’s Office of Residence Life has had a number of changes. Elizabeth Trayner started as the new Director of Residence Life as of June 1 and is excited to be returning to the Northwest. Most recently she was serving as Assistant Director for Staff Development and Diversity at the University of Southern California. Prior to that she had been at Occidental College, California State University, Chico and the University of South Dakota. Also joining the team is Janae Brewster as Area Coordinator for the Eastside. She had been at a fellow NWACUHO institution, Washington State University. Starting just this past August, Lori Johnson joined us as the Associate Director of Residence Life
and Chief Conduct Officer. Lori has been at various institutions around the country, but most recently comes to us from Central Washington University. Jess Varga has moved over to lead the Kaneko Commons as the Coordinator for that area. Chris Toutain and Heather Coakley are remaining in their current areas. Tori Ruiz continues in her role as Office Coordinator and a wonderful asset to the office. We had two summer ACUHO-I interns Katie Hellman of Bowling Green and Amy Collinsworth of University of Tennessee. Residential Services has maintained the same staff - Cheryl Todd as Director, Micheal Seraphin as Associate Director, and Patty Schomaker as Residential
Services Support Specialist. We officially opened the academic year on Thursday, August 23rd when we welcomed over 600 new first year and transfer students to campus. Facing some initial housing challenges, we turned two floors in University Apartments to Sophomore student housing. We will continue to explore this as an on-going living community beyond this academic year. We also welcomed back one of our Fraternities (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) to having a residential footprint. As the semester progresses we are working on housing selection for next academic year and placement of our returning students from abroad for Spring Semester,
Washington Central Washington University Submitted by: Jenna Hyatt On September 1,
Products and Services Coordinator from
Tacoma, WA. She intended to be a music
education major so she could go back and share the arts with the youth of Tacoma,
2012 Ian Miller was hired as the new Assistant Director of Residence Life at Central Washington University. Prior to being hired, Ian worked as a Residence Hall Coordinator at CWU for the past 4 and half years. Earning a Master’s of Professional Accountancy from the College of Business at Central Washington University, Ian has spent 10 proud years as a Wildcat. Ian has also worked with CWU’s Orientation and First Year Experience (FYE) Programs which include Wildcat Day, Discover Orientation, Wildcat Welcome Weekend,
really wanted to do. Col’Lette immediately
a small town here
got involved with her campus Residence
Hall Association and was the only member
She was a first
of her residence hall to participate. In the
spring of her first year, Col’Lette was hired
as a resident assistant and has never
left University Housing & New Student
Programs. When she was in her second
just obtained her
year of college, Col’Lette saw the impact had a hand in. It was at this point Col’Lette
Rebecca served as a Resident Assistant
decided Student Affairs was what she
and a Residence Hall Manager. Rebecca
wanted to be in.
will be serving as the new Residence Hall Coordinator for the North Campus Area.
In her time as an undergraduate, Col’Lette wore many hats within UH & NSP including: residence hall manager,
with several including Education, Douglas Honors College, Science Talent Expansion
As a brand new
orientation leader, a member of the alpha
professional in the
cohort of careers in student affairs, active
Student Affairs field,
member of NRHH and the Vice President
Col’Lette Gauvin has
of Recognition for NRHH.
had an interesting
Program, Music, Aviation, and Asian Pacific Islander America Program. Ian continues to work to strengthen the relationships between faculty and students outside the classroom and develop cocurricular programs.
Col’Lette graduated from CWU with a
journey in becoming
Bachelors of Science in Family Studies
a Residence Hall
and minors in Administrative Management
and Sociology. She is excited to start
getting involved with NWACUHO and all
the opportunities this region has to offer.
Col’Lette started her undergraduate career at CWU as a first generation college student from
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learning communities having experience
the NWACUHO Executive Board as the
then became unsure if that’s what she
and development of her students that she
Ian also brings a passion for living
having recently served two years on
WA. That was until she got to CWU and
was born in New
degree in Family Studies with a minor in
and The 1st 6 Weeks.
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Eastern Washington University Submitted by: Mike Bowers Staffing Changes: We’ve started the 2012-13 school year
Traditions: Our second-annual Movers and Shakers
an unprecedented number of mutual roommate requests.
with a full Area Coordinator/Residential
move-in initiative was an overwhelming
Life Coordinator staff. Sharlie Corcoran,
success, as we had over 140 faculty, staff,
implementing StarRez as our new housing
who was previously in charge of family
and students volunteer to help students
management system. The plan is to have
and graduate housing, recently started
move into the residence halls. Our new
this fully implemented by early 2013.
a position at Gonzaga University. We’re
students and their families commented
in the process of evaluating long-term
on how impressed they were with the
Laundry to implement Laundry Alert in one
staffing needs to determine how to move
quickness of the move-in process.
of our halls, a system which alerts students
Our annual House Calls event will be
We are also in the process of
We’ve also worked with Hainsworth
by text when their laundry is complete. If
held Wednesday, October 24. This is
all goes well, our plan is to implement this
an event where faculty and staff visit the
in other halls moving forward.
progress, and our fall 2013 projection is
residence halls and go to students’ rooms
still on target!
to gather feedback on the residential
Our 350-bed facility is making great
We also completed a number of
Our staff recently read Shawn
experience. This will be the ninth year of
Achor’s The Happiness Advantage as a
projects, including hall office renovations,
department, and we also presented on it to
bathroom renovations, and furniture work.
the student staff. The staff found many of
The students are already speaking very
Our first year with RoomSync was an
these concepts to be useful and helpful for
positively about the new changes.
overwhelming success, as we received
their everyday lives.
Gonzaga is having a great fall semester!
Rasmussen and Justin Garcia) who are
was conference themed which had
For the first time in years we haven’t had
bringing some great new ideas to the
students creating banners in their hall
to put students in a hotel or in lounges, but
program which the students are excited
councils, wearing matching RHA shirts,
were able to house all of our students in
about and have a new energy around
and going to programming sessions. LLC
our wonderful residence halls. This has
recognition. RHA decided to do its first
are starting to make a name on campus
allowed us to use our space and build
ever fall overnight retreat/training which
and the work of the staff (Matt Lamsma,
community in the way that our halls were
had a higher turnout then the half-day
Joey Sammut, and Chris Doll) is giving
designed to do which has a had a great
trainings in the past have had and got
students an amazing way to experience
effect on our communities. Our NRHH
students excited about being involved in
the mission of Gonzaga more fully through
has brought on two new advisors (Rachel
RHA and their hall councils. The retreat
their living experience.
Gonzaga University Submitted by: Esther Gaines
Seattle Pacific University Submitted by: Andrew Rogers Staffing Changes:
role as Director of Residence Life at SPU.
Life Coordinators this year. Katelyn Scott,
SPU warmly welcomed the arrival
We thank her for all her accomplishments
a graduate from Duke University, is now
of Dr. Daniel Martin, the new President
and initiatives she accomplished in her
serving the residents of Ashton Hall.
of the University, on July 1st. Dr. Martin
role. We wish her and family well as they
Katelyn staff and coworkers love her
has jumped right in, getting started on
embark on the new chapter in their life.
sincerity, joy and warmth. Over in Campus
restructuring the university to a provost
Leigh Hopkins, formerly the Assistant
Housing and Apartments, Jessica
model and beginning a search to fill
Director for Residence Life, has stepped
Carter, formerly of SPU’s Student Affairs
the role. Students have appreciated his
into the role as Interim Director for the
department, is now the lead RLC. Jessica
hands-on approach and often times see
remainder of the school year.
has a masters from Seattle University,
him in the cafeteria, events, and in the residence halls. After 18 years of service, Kim Campbell, has stepped down from her
A search with begin later this year to hire a new director for the department.
brings a heavy dose of energy and new ideas to the role.
The Residence Life department is also proud to have two new Residence
University of Washington Submitted by: Michelle Primley Benton Staffing Changes: We are pleased to welcome several
Facilities Construction: In September we opened two of our
serving our residential student population with cardio equipment, free weights and
new additions to our staff this Fall. Nick
newest buildings, Alder Hall and Elm
Martin has joined our team as the Hansee
Hall. Alder features conference space in
Hall/2104 House Resident Director, and
Alder Commons, and we were pleased
Marcia Louis has joined our team as the
to host the NWACUHO/ASCA Conduct
full! Our DAWGS move-in crew this
Poplar Hall Resident Director. In addition
Drive-In as its inaugural event in August.
year consisted of roughly 320 student
to completing the Resident Director
In addition, Alder is home to the District
volunteers, who spent two days moving in
team, we are happy to introduce our first
Market, a small grocery store featuring
the majority of our 6500 residents.
Scholar in Residence, Dilini Wijeweera.
fresh produce, meat, grab & go deli items,
The Scholar in Residence Program is
and other staples, as well as the new
a unique opportunity for residence hall
Husky Grind coffee. In addition to the
and Red Square BBQ, were recently
students to learn from visiting scholars and
grocery, the opening of Elm Hall marks the
featured in the Wall Street Journal as part
professionals. Dilini joins us as part of the
addition of our first sit-down, table service
of a focus on the growth of food trucks in
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
restaurant, Cultivate. Cultivate has been a
through the Evans School of Public Affairs.
popular option for students and staff alike,
Throughout the year, she will be providing
offering students unique menu items such
programming and engaging students
as house-made pastrami and poutine. In
around Sri Lankan culture, sustainability,
addition to â€œtreat yourselfâ€? dining, students
and other topics.
can find a new fitness center within Elm,
Opening was a success and we are
HFS food trucks Hot Dawgs, Motosurf,
UBC’s book club promotes professional development for staff.
By Carol Young, University of British Colombia Vancouver This fall at UBC Vancouver, we have started a book club as part of our ongoing professional development with the Residence Life Managers (RLMs) and the Residence Coordinators (RCs). As I write this article, we have completed the first of our once-a-month book club meetings that will take place between now and April 2013. The goal is to provide an opportunity for our Residence Coordinators, student interns leading a small residence life team in first year residences, to lead a discussion with the whole leadership team in residence life. We have chosen books based on a variety of topics that can be applied to the work we do in residence life. Given that residence life can be allencompassing, sometimes reading falls to the back burner. With this in mind, the book club has been designed so that during the year each person is only responsible for reading one of the books on the list. Two RCs are paired with a
Residence Life Manager who acts as a guide in the planning and discussion. They are also responsible for providing the discussion group with a written synopsis and points of interest about the book. Using this method, we will have had an opportunity to hear about and discuss seven other books, besides the one we have read. With this information, people may then choose to read the other books based on what has caught their interest. Here is the list of books we have chosen for this year:
• The Alchemist – Paul Coelho • The Holy Man – Susan Trott • Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter - Liz Wiseman • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel H. Pink • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking - Susan Cain
• Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators - Patrick M. Lencioni
• Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler
• Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected - Devora Zack
If you have any suggestions for other great books to add to our list for future years, please send them along to carol.young@ ubc.ca
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The Fall 2012 issue highlights the upcoming annual conference in Tacoma, Washington.