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Highlighted in this edition: Updates on the upcoming conference in Edmonton Review of the NWACUHO October Board Meeting


board of directors President Kelly Ammendolia Assistant Director for Residential Life The Evergreen State College Residential & Dining Services 2700 Evergreen Pkwy Olympia, WA 98505 360.867.6191 ammendok@evergreen.edu President Elect Erik T. Elordi Assistant Director of Family Housing & Conference Services Southern Oregon University 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland, OR 97520 541.552.6229 elordie@sou.edu Past President Elaine Ames Operations and Marketing Manager, UHNSP Central Washington University 400 E. University Way, MS 7513 Ellensburg, Washington 98926 509.963.1838 amese@cwu.edu

Treasurer David Akana Assistant Director for Residential Education Oregon State University University Housing & Dining Services 102 Buxton Hall Corvallis, OR 97331-1317 541.737.9965 david.akana@oregonstate. edu Secretary Jenni Chadick Assistant Director of Residence Life University of Puget Sound 1500 N. Warner St. #1003 Tacoma, WA 98416-1003 253.879.3317 jchadick@pugetsound.edu Newsletter Editor Rachel Rasmussen Residence Director Gonzaga University 502 East Boone, MSC 2515 Spokane, Washington 99258 509.313.4648 rasmussenr2@gonzaga.edu

Technology Coordinator Brian Kerrick HFS Coordinator University of Washington, Bothell Box 358524 18115 Campus Way NE Bothell, WA 98011-8246 425.352.5215 bkerrick@uwb.edu Products and Services Coordinator Esther Gaines Area Coordinator Gonzaga University 502 East Boone, MSC 2515 Spokane, Washington 99258 509.313.4155 gaines@gonzaga.edu

Alberta Representative Craig Whitton Residence Coordinator University of Alberta 1-044 Lister Centre Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2H6 780.492.9495 craig.whitton@ualberta.ca British Columbia Representative Lawrence Lam Coordinator, Community Development & Student Leadership University of Victoria. PO Box 1700 STN CSC Victoria BC V8W 2Y2 250.853.3136 laml@uvic.ca

Washington State Representative Michelle Primley Benton Administrator for North Campus/Diversity Initiatives University of Washington Housing & Food Services 206.543.4862 mprimley@hfs.washington. edu Oregon Representative Dawn Snyder Operations Manager Oregon State University University Housing & Dining Services 102 Buxton Hall Corvallis, OR 97331-1317 .541.737.3231 dawn.snyder@oregonstate. edu Alaska-Yukon Representative Vacant


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Greetings NWACUHO Members, The Board of Directors just held its October meeting at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, the site for our 2014 conference. Let me just say, I am SO excited for each of you to experience the city, hotel and West Edmonton Mall! The Board and local host committee have been hard at work making sure the conference content will be rich, rewarding and full of fun! If you haven’t already, take a look at these websites for more information about all that our conference locale has to offer: Edmonton, Alberta Fantasyland Hotel West Edmonton Mall Our conference website is up and running with information about travel and accommodations, registration, the schedule and activities, programs, scholarships, awards, and much more. The Board looks forward to updating you on association business during the Business and Town Hall Meetings at the conference.

Pictured above: One of the many rides at the Galaxyland Amusement Park in the West Edmonton Mall.

If you aren’t able to make the trip to Edmonton this February, we hope that you’ll continue to take advantage of the on-going professional development opportunities through NWACUHO, including the mentorship program, First Friday Webinars, drive-in conferences, and work on the Master Plan. In 2014, we’ll also be rolling out a few new ways that you can connect with regional colleagues.

I hope that you have found a comfortable rhythm with your work this fall term. I must admit, I am surprised that November is already here! If there is anything that NWACUHO can do to better support you and your department, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Respectfully,

Kelly I. Ammendolia NWACUHO President

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Ignite Your Spirit! The Annual Conference is coming up soon, and all of the information you need is now on our website at http:// nwacuho.org/2013/09/conference2014/. The NWACUHO Board of Directors recently returned from a site visit, and we are all very excited about the opportunities Edmonton has to offer. Your host committee has been working diligently to prepare for the conference, so we hope to see you there!

Attractions in the West Edmonton Mall: Galaxyland Amusement Park World Waterpark Ice Palace Marine Life

Hundreds of stores and themed streets And many more!

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Did you know? Check out the important dates and deadlines for the conference and other NWACUHO business below! 11/1/2013- Program Proposals, Scholarship Applications, and Award Nominations Due 11/1/2013- Nomination letters due for Board of Directors positions 1/17/2014- Register by this date in order to avoid a $50 late fee. 2/9-2/11 2014- Annual conference in Edmonton, Alberta

Attractions found in the West Edmonton Mall are pictured on pages 6-7, clockwise: Top left- The entrance to the Galaxyland Amusement Park Top right- Several of the slides and the wavepool at World Waterpark Bottom left- A balcony view of the Ice Palace. 77

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Institutional Updates Washington Eastern Washington University We welcomed three new staff members this summer: • Barbara Ratcliff, our new Associate Director for Business Operations, comes to us most-recently from Gonzaga University. Prior to that, Barbara has more than 15 years of housing operations experience. • Bilal Badruddin, one of our new Residential Life Coordinators, joins us from Loyola University of Chicago, where he earned his Master’s degree in Higher Education. • Brock Sieb, our other new Residential Life Coordinator, joins us from Indiana State University, where he earned his Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education. We just opened a brand new, 340-bed residence hall. The soon-to-be-named facility serves as the brand new home for our Housing and Residential Life office, the Residence Hall Association, and our Computer and Engineering Science living-learning community. We have just completed renovations to two of our hall offices totaling over $100,000 in costs. These new spaces will be more functional and aesthetically appealing. We also have finished renovations on a new lounge/kitchen in one of our halls. The new area features an openspace kitchen for community cooking and socializing. Mike Bowers, one of our Area Coordinators, was selected to represent EWU at ACUHO-I’s National Housing Training Institute at the University of Georgia. He was also elected to serve as the group’s Class of 2013 representative. Thanks in part to higher returner numbers and a higher percentage of freshman enrollment, our occupancy numbers are starting approximately 100 students higher than Fall 2012. This is also higher than our initial projections for this year.

University of Washington-Bothell This year we have two new professional Resident Directors joining the Residential Life team at UWB. Jeff Sann comes most recently from Western Oregon University where he worked in Housing for four years and completed his Masters at Portland State University. In addition to Resident Director duties, Jeff will be working with our facilities and conduct offices. Rachel Rodney completed graduate school from University of North Carolina, Greensboro this year. Rachel’s roles include advising RHA and Academic Outreach. KC Bui is a returning Resident Director. UWB has had several staffing changes within the administration. UWB’s new Chancellor Wolf Yeigh started September 3. To learn more about Chancellor Yeigh, visit: http://www.uwb.edu/chancellor. Marilyn Cox, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning, announced her retirement at the end of Autumn Quarter. The Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Hung Dang, accepted a position at University of Hawaii Manoa. George Theo (former Director of Student and Residential Life) has been named the Dean of Student Affairs.

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University of Washington-Seattle There have been a lot of changes at the University of Washington – Seattle campus for this fall. This summer, we welcomed 8 new Resident Directors to our team. Shannon Bradley joins us from the University of San Diego in the brand new Mercer Court Apartments; Jessica Hennessy joins us from Michigan State University in Haggett Hall; Mariasol Hill joins us from the University of Pittsburgh in Alder Hall; Amber Marti joins us from Arizona State University in McMahon Hall; Corey Peacock joins us from Iowa State University in McMahon Hall; Jessica Rashid joins us from California Lutheran University in the brand new Mercer Court Apartments; Andrew Rogers joins us from Seattle Pacific University in Stevens Court Apartments; and Mariam Yaqub joins us from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in McCarty Hall. In addition, the Residential Life team welcomed Kris McWain as the Program Coordinator for Apartment Life. Facilities expanded their team with the addition of Lauren Adams, moving from Resident Director to Facilities Manager for Residence Halls, and Kate Flowers, moving from Resident Director to Facilities Specialist for Apartments. In Student Services, Laura Carlisle joins us as the Customer Service Coordinator. Autumn saw the opening of our new apartment complex, Mercer Court Apartments. Mercer Court is the latest addition to our facilities, and one of our most complex, housing undergraduates and graduate students on 9 month and 12 month agreements. Mercer Court is home to our Food Exploration Theme Community, and a partnership with the UW Farm, as well as our Husky Grind café and roasting facility. With a successful opening to Mercer, we now look forward to a mid-year opening for the new Lander Hall, which will open for Winter Quarter, 2014. Students currently residing in Terry Hall will be moved to Lander during the Winter Break, and will reside in Lander for the remainder of the year as demolition begins on Terry Hall. New Lander will feature a regional desk and new dining concepts for our West Campus residents. Finally, we are happy to have welcomed over 7000 residents for a successful move-in. Residents were welcomed to campus by HFS staff and approximately 400 student volunteers, and celebrated their arrival at RHSA’s Midnight Carnival, which drew over 3000 students from across campus. We look forward to a bustling Autumn Quarter!

Gonzaga University We have added a new RD to our team. His name is David Benam. He is joining us from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. His first day was the first day of RA training and he came in and did an excellent job learning alongside his RAs and building a strong staff team. We are unrolling a new community development model here at GU. We are very excited and it had great effects on our RA fall training. It was cool to see how we could integrate community development into all aspects of our training. We have also excitedly welcomed our largest freshman class ever. They have come to us with a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and Zag spirit! To accommodate them, we have extended housing into the Red Lion-River Inn for the year!

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Institutional Updates Alaska Hello Alaskans and other member regions! My name is Craig Whitton, and I’m the Alberta Representative for NWACUHO. Why am I writing about Alaska? Well, Alberta and Alaska are a lot alike – we are both cold. We have beautiful mountains that are the envy of everyone. We have a thing for beards and plaid, and we are a bit like the Stark family in knowing that “Winter is Coming” – all the time. On top of that, Tammy Willis, the NWACUHO Alaska Rep, had an absolute ton (Metric? Imperial? It doesn’t matter!) of exciting things happening on her campus, and so I’ll be to representing Alaska until we have an election in February. So First things first! If you are interested in being the Alaska Representative, please check out the position information on the NWACUHO Website: http://nwacuho.org/conferences/annualconference/2014-board-of-director-elections/ The experience of being on the board and representing your beautiful state is definitely pretty amazing, and I strongly encourage interested parties to check it out! As for updates for the region – I mentioned Tammy had a lot of exciting things happening on her campus, and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Tammy and her team at Kenai Peninsula College for opening of their first Residence Building! No doubt, as we see at so many other colleges and universities, the students at Kenai Penninsula College will have a vastly improved Post-Secondary experience with the addition of a great place to live.

Alberta Greetings from Alberta, Eh?! I hope you are all ready to Ignite your Spirit in Edmonton for the 2014 NWACUHO Annual Conference! Brett Zwadiuk, Host Committee Chair, and his team from both the University of Alberta and MacEwan University have been hard at work making sure this year’s conference will be a great one. You won’t believe the things they have in store – from pre-conference activities like a day skiing in Canada’s beautiful Jasper National Park, to some incredibly great learning experiences from some of the best keynote speakers Canada has to offer, there’s sure to be something for everyone in Edmonton. Registration goes live soon, and don’t forget to get those program proposals in! Lead Conference As Albertans brace for the coming winter, those of us working in Student Housing are no less busy. Many student staff from our member institutions just returned from the LEAD Conference, which is Western Canada’s annual student staff development conference (supported in part by NWACHO). This is a great opportunity for future professionals to share ideas, passion, and energy, and recognize the contributions of other institutions. This year, the University of Lethbridge took home both the Spirit Award and Case Study competition (with MacEwan University runner up). The University of Alberta’s Doug Bennet took home the Best in the West award for his presentation at LEAD. Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Staffing The University of Lethbridge is in a time of incredibly drastic expansion, with a $32 million dollar new residence building being recently added, increasing their on-campus housing by 30%. In addition, the University of Lethbridge and NWACUHO welcomes Ed De Bruin and Heather Hacier to the U of Lethbridge team. With the welcoming of professionals new to the region, we also say goodbye to a professional who has been heavily involved in Post Secondary Housing in Alberta: Doug Wagstaff from Olds College recently took a job with the Town of Olds after 17 years working for the college. All of Albertan Student Housing wishes him the best with this new endeavor. In his stead, Olds College welcomes Connie Conley, Rosen Bargo, and Frits Latimer to their student life team. General Medicine Hat College is gearing up for the fall season, like many of our campuses, by offering a Trick or Eat program for their students as well as a Community Kitchen program. Many of our campuses are preparing for the start of the recruitment season with the University of Alberta, Red Deer College, and many more offering Open House experiences. With PSEs across the country competing for these young minds, showing them what Alberta Residences can be like is a key strategy for many. The University of Alberta recently completed and opened two new residence halls, named Pincrest and Tamarack, and successfully implemented BaseCamp for nearly 1200 first year students. BaseCamp is a targeted and intentional educational experience for First Year residence students to assist their transition to University (Best described as a University Class on how to be a University Student). Once again, Alberta is thrilled to be hosting NWACUHO’s Annual Conference, and we can’t wait to see you in February!

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Institutional Updates Oregon Oregon State University Opening was successful again this year as we welcomed our largest group of residents to date. As part of our new First Year Experience initiative, all first year students are required to live on campus, and we’ve developed programs and services in our halls to enhance the student experience and meet the FYE outcomes.This campus-wide effort is in full swing! Additionally, construction on our new student residence continues. The facility, which will house 300+ students and a satellite office for our Student Health Services, opens Fall 2014.

British Columbia University of Victoria In late Spring 2014, UVic will be hosting Kevin Cameron from the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response to provide University leaders with Level 1 Violence Threat Risk Assessment Training. Over the November Reading break, we will be hosting Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) training to senior residence leaders and our professional team. After a long summer of renovations, we are excited to announce that our Residence Resource Hub has opened! The Hub consists of our Programming Resource Centre, Academic Resource Centre, Health & Wellness Centre and a large multipurpose room. Campus partners will also occupy this space to run programs, workshops and initiatives right in residence! We’re a little overbooked! With our guaranteed housing for first years and the increase in enrolment at UVic, we welcomed 60 extra students to residence than we normally do. They have being staying in some of our family housing units and some converted lounges. All around positive feedback so far. Residence Services has also been participating in an across-campus project for Changing Culture on Substance Use on campus in conjunction with the Centre for Addiction and Research BC. We will be developing initiatives within our residences that will measure our progress.

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October Board Meeting Summary Kelly Ammendolia, NWACUHO President

The Board of Directors convened for its annual fall meeting October 16th-17th in Edmonton, Alberta, the site of the upcoming conference. The purpose of the fall meeting is twofold. First, it serves as a pre-conference site visit and opportunity to discuss conference arrangements in person with the local host committee and hotel staff. Second, it is a time to conduct on-going association business. Needless to say, it was a packed and productive two days. Below are some brief highlights of what was addressed during the meeting. The Board of Directors looks forward to providing members with more specific updates during the annual conference, specifically during the Business and Town Hall Meetings. If you won’t be able to attend the conference, look for more information from State and Provincial Reps, in the post-conference edition of the Soundings and in spring webinars. Budget and Finance Discussed end of year budget projections for FY14 and projections for FY15. Reviewed the association’s annual IRS Form 990 for submission. Conferences 2014 – Met with the Fantasyland Hotel reps to walk through conference spaces. The layout and amenities look great! Discussed some items in the event contract with the staff. Also met with Host Committee Chair Brett Zawadiuk from the University of Alberta, who gave a presentation updating the Board on progress with local arrangements. 2015 – Negotiations with the hotel and conference center for our conference in Salem, Oregon are moving along nicely. Given the affordable rates and accessible location and this should be a well-attended and successful conference. 2016 – Looking at budget projections for 2014 and 2015, the Board determined that the association is in a sound financial position to move forward with hosting the 2016 conference in Alaska as slated in our conference rotation. We will be seeking a host committee of members from institutions in Alaska/Yukon to help us with local arrangements for 2016. Master Plan Spent time in Master Plan workgroups, reported back on progress, and assessed priorities for 2015. The Board is still seeking interested members who want to assist in this important work. Involvement and Task Forces Discussed logistics for an association blog, member listserv and social media guide. More information to come. Several of our corporate members have been seeking ways to increase their involvement within the association and look forward to participating with fellow members on Task Forces.

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Ways to Get Involved with NWACUHO: Be a Guest Blogger:

If you love reading the member-submitted articles in Soundings as much as we all do, then you will be excited for this next initiative. NWACUHO will be featuring a monthly Guest Blogger on our website, www.nwacuho.org. We are looking for guest bloggers right now, so if you are interested in contributing one or two blog posts for a month on a wide variety of topics in 2013 to share knowledge with your fellow members, contact: Brian Kerrick at bkerrick@uwb.edu.

Join a NWACUHO Taskforce!

NWACUHO Taskforces are in full swing! Coming out of the 2013 annual conference, members were enthusiastic and eager to being work on our four taskforces. This year, NWACUHO is proud to have four taskforces: Communications; New Professionals; Drive-In Conference and new this year, Professional Development. For more information about the outcomes of each taskforce, please visit http://nwacuho.org/task-forces/ Our taskforces are always encouraging new membership. If you are interested in getting involved with any of our taskforces, please email British Columbia Provincial Representative Lawrence Lam at laml@uvic.ca to sign up for a particular taskforce. We look forward to working with you and learning from your knowledge and experience! 16

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