UW Residence Hall Association Receives Regional Honors
January 14, 2009 — The University of Wyoming Residence Hall Association (RHA) was awarded Building of the Year, Adviser of the Year and Program of the Year at the recent Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH) regional conference.
The region includes universities in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona and Alberta, Canada. The IACURH regional Board of Directors voted on the winners, and UW was selected for all three honors for which it applied, says RHA Adviser Becky Adair.
"We not only tell other colleges about our programs, but we also learn more about other schools' programs," Adair says. "We come back with great ideas to use here. That is what RHA is all about: improving the experience for residents."
The IACURH Building of the Year Award recognizes the residence hall association that has improved the most since the previous year's conference. UW submitted a 20-page bid covering areas such as campus involvement, student leadership and conference attendance.
"In all my time as the RHA adviser, we never won a bid. Needless to say, I was thoroughly impressed," says Brandon Kosine, honorary co-adviser for the RHA delegation and former UW RHA adviser.
Adair's demonstrated excellence as an adviser to RHA earned her the IACURH Adviser of the Year Award. To be considered for this award, UW submitted an eight-page bid detailing why Adair deserved the recognition.
"We wrote and included a variety of testimonials and fun quotes about Becky," says Stephanie Los, national communications coordinator for UW's RHA program. "We had a hard time just keeping it to just eight pages! There is so much she does for us that we all wanted to express."
UW's program "Pokin' Around Town," a 24-hour photo clue hunt, was named the IACURH Program of the Year. In addition to a written packet, RHA gave a 20-minute presentation on why the program is beneficial to residents and how it could be applied at other colleges. "Pokin' Around Town" was initially held during the fall 2007 semester, and more than 60 students participated in this year's event.
Additionally, advisers and delegates from the various colleges also awarded UW two of the "Top 10" programs of the year for "Pokin' Around Town" and "A Few Tornadoes & a Million Inside Jokes," a program describing how to host an effective executive board retreat.
"The UW programs were well-organized, and it was obvious the students had put in a great deal of work ahead of time," says Kosine. "They made decisions together, supported each other and truly saw the success from an organizational level, not of individuals in the organization. It was so fun for me to see leadership at its finest."
Wyoming was represented by two advisers, Adair and Kosine, and 16 delegates: Los, Jacob Carpenter, Jordan Crotsenberg, Jorden Escamilla, Amanda Harris, Drew Hauser, Branden Hayes, Aaron Herrera, Dan Hsieh, Daniel Kennedy, Chris Martin, Jessica Murray, Pam Nunez, Corey Peacock, Derek Walters and Rocio Zubia-Molina.
"We are very proud to say that Wyoming has a great regional voice. We are all looking forward to the next bidding opportunity at the upcoming No Frills conference this February in Colorado Springs," says Los.
Wyoming will compete at the national conference in May for both Chapter of the Year and Adviser of the Year.
Top Adviser -- University of Wyoming Residence Hall Adviser Becky Adair discusses plans for an upcoming event with RHA President Branden Hayes, a sophomore in architectural engineering from Pueblo, Colo. Adair was named Adviser of the Year at the recent Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls regional conference. (Nicole Lebsack Photo)
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009