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Welcome to the WACUHO Spring 2010 Waves Newsletter! Just like WACUHO, the WAVES is always a work in progress! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed receiving the updated version of the WACUHO E–mail Announcements as well as the ever changing style of the WAVES. If you have an announcement for WACUHO, e–mail it to and we will do your best to send it out to the membership in a timely fashion!

For spring 2010, we are glad to present a new style in which you can view the articles. Scroll down and click a title or use the links above. As always, if you have suggestions for improvements, please e–mail me at or call me at (909) 869–2239.

President's Letter

Tim Trevan


Can you feel the race to the finish line gearing up? I certainly can! This has been a great year, both in WACUHO and on my home campus. In spite of the maze of challenges we’ve navigated in our region…between economic setbacks, travel restrictions, staffing limitations, work time reductions, to name just a few…2009/10 has been rewarding in so many ways!

That said, and at the risk of sounding like a TV infomercial…BUT WAIT! There’s more!

Typically, this is the time of year when WACUHO is winding down. In a normal operating year, we would just be wrapping up the Annual Conference and Exposition and would be gliding to the end of the operating year.

Not this year! We’ve still got a lot of activity on the horizon, so please keep your seatbelts on until the ride has come to a full and complete stop!

What a treat that we have a great prize waiting for us at the finish line – the 2010 Annual Conference and Exposition! I sincerely hope you’re planning to join me at Stanford University from June 20 – 23. The 2010 conference promises to be another content–rich, reinvigorating experience. We hear so often that access to the wonderful network of housing professionals in our region is one of the core benefits of WACUHO membership. The annual conference really is the best time to refresh your professional relationships as well as your skills and creativity. You’ve no doubt heard the how’s and why’s about the timing, location and structure of this year’s conference. You’ll find new updates in this edition of Waves, and please also refer to the Winter 2010 Waves as well as the website for additional information.

In addition to upcoming conference activity, be on the look–out for updates on the work of the WACUHO Strategic Planning Committee in future newsletter articles as well as at the annual conference. This group met in early April to launch a process of freshening the Association’s mission and purpose statements and well as putting a framework to the Association’s future goals and initiatives. In this first meeting, Chair Willie Brown and facilitator Lisa Slavid took the group through an experience of identifying and affirming WACUHO’s strengths, with the intention of building a foundation for the Association’s future work from these strengths. Again, look for more details soon!

Lastly, consider your shoulder tapped! WACUHO needs you to maintain your involvement next year too! Please take a few minutes to go to where you’ll find a link to our on–line 2010/11 committee sign–up page. I can’t thank you enough for your participation this year, and I know this has not been an easy year to balance pressures on our home campuses with WACUHO involvement. Let’s keep the momentum rolling into 2010/11!

As always, I so enjoy serving as your President and sincerely thank you for the opportunity! It’s always great hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me at or at (818) 677–6103.

See you at Stanford in a few months!

Tim Trevan
WACUHO President

Affirmative action statement

WACUHO recognizes the benefits derived from the inclusion of diversity in the Association. Significant contributions are made by members from all areas of higher education and at every level of responsibility. The quality of perspective and experience shared by our members, inclusive of ethnicity, age, gender, religious preference, sexual orientation, or differing abilities, adds a dynamic that enriches the character of the Association. WACUHO encourages all to actively participate in its programs, events and activities.

What's WACE you may ask...

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Some our seasoned members have asked, "What’s WACE?" This new term has been floating around for the last year, and you might not know what the term means or from where it came.

WACE stands for WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition. A few years ago, the Association changed the name of our annual convention from WACUHO Annual Conference to WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition to reflect the vital role that our corporate members and exhibitors play in the event.

Referring to the conference at WACE has simply evolved out of its utility and ease. And it parallels ACUHO–I’s move to title its conference the ACUHO–I Annual Conference and Exposition, which is now commonly referred to as ACE.

Hope you’ll join us for WACE 2010 at Stanford from June 20 to 23! Online registration is now available at

Wacuho Annual Conference and Exposition Registration – what you need to know!

While preparing this article for the WAVES, the only thing I really wanted to get across is that Early Bird Registration has been extended for the WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition 2010 to May 14th 2010. But since that might not work, here are 10 reasons, why…

  1. If you register after May 15th at, the price goes up by $50.
  2. Every time someone registers at, an angel gets their wings.
  3. If you do it now, that’s one extra thing you can mark off your to do list.
  4. Early registrants have a special place in the heart of the registration sub–committee.
  5. If you’re a new–pro and you wait…it’s like you never even got a discount.
  6. $5. $5 Foot longs…You could buy 10 of those with the money you’re saving.
  7. Impress your supervisor with your fiscal responsibility.
  8. There are still funds available for those without institutional support…that’s like saving $150!!
  9. If everyone registers at by May 15th, WACUHO President "Tiny" Tim Trevan will sing "Tiptoe through the Tulips" at Karaoke.
  10. If $50 isn’t that much to you, register now at and send the money to me.

Wacuho Annual Conference and Exposition Registration Call for programs extended until May 10th

The annual WACUHO conference and exposition theme is "Grounded in Innovation; Pursuing Opportunity."

Show us your stuff! We know you are innovative, we know you look for opportunity!

We want your program ideas to cover our diverse population and job tasks. From first year parent programs, to fee collection services, to planning renovation, share your brilliance with us at the conference. We’re taking INNOVATION to the next level, and this is your OPPORTUNITY to help. We strongly encourage everyone to consider submitting a session for presentation during the conference.

We’re accepting program submissions on a variety of topics, developed to provide all levels of housing professionals with the opportunity to investigate their passions for the field. Program submissions are due May 10, 2010. Submit your program proposal today!

The success of the annual conference depends on you! Your expertise, knowledge and personal experience will help make this year’s conference a significant and momentous experience for everyone. We are proud to partner with Stanford host this exciting event, and we look forward to provide you many OPPORTUNITIES for INNOVATION.

WACUHO Executive Board Spring Meeting 2010

Working and playing hard at UC Riverside!

The Life and Times of a 40–Something WACUHO Exec Marathon Runner

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My name is Kris McPeak and I’ve been thrilled to serve WACUHO this year as your Member at Large for the South Sub–Region. Although I’m technically not a marathon runner YET, it certainly has been a transformative experience. And I truly would not be doing this if it weren’t for my WACUHO friends.

Last November, just for the heck of it, I trained for and ran the Santa Barbara News–Press Half Marathon. I found running to be quite an escape – a healthy and ambitious way to de–stress, stay fit, and challenge myself to do something truly spectacular. This bug bit me quite hard...and at the urging of my younger sister (who ran her first marathon just about one year ago), I joined the Inland Empire Team in Training marathon team for the 2010 San Diego Rock and Roll marathon.

Joining Team in Training meant I would not only be training to run a marathon, but I would be asked to help fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their fight to cure blood cancers. In exchange for my fundraising, Team in Training would pay for my race entry, my hotel and some meals, and provide first class training for the race. How could I say no to that?

I knew that training for the run would be hard – but the fundraising was what really scared me. Particularly in this economy – how was I going to convince people to give me charitable donations? The goal of raising $2500 was ominous – but I really wanted to do it! So my emails began. I’m sure some of you remember them :) I’m proud to share that our current WACUHO President, Tim Trevan, was my VERY FIRST donor! And the donations poured in from there. As of April 12th, I’ve made my fundraising goal and have even gone above that amount.

And this is all just a testament to the Power of WACUHO. In this association, you become connected with people who genuinely care about you and what you stand for. I was overwhelmed at how many people wanted to donate...and write on my fundraising wall...and potentially even be inspired to run the (half) marathon in San Diego as well! But this is not just about the donations – it’s about the love and support you get from colleagues who care about you and want to see you succeed. If it weren’t for my WACUHO friends, I probably wouldn’t be at my fundraising goal. But I probably wouldn’t be this stoked about running and finishing, either.

The marathon is still about 6 weeks away, and I still have a lot of running to do before then. But thanks to my WACUHO friends, I know I have what it takes to train for, run, and finish the race. And it will be great to share those stories with all of you. Thanks, WACUHO, for supporting this 40–something fledgling marathon runner! I’ll see you all post–race at WACE in Stanford!

Kris McPeak
Director of Residence Life – University of Redlands
WACUHO Member at Large – South
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Pacific Management Institute 2010

Pacific Management Institute will be coming to Stanford University on Saturday, June 19, 2010. The goal of PMI is to provide an opportunity for discussion and mentorship and to provide information and resources to assist the "mid–level" professional position themselves to move into their next professional step. We look forward to seeing you there! Below is our schedule for the day!

2010 Pacific Management Institute Schedule

  • 12:00pm–1:00pm: Working Lunch
  • 1:00pm–1:30pm: Introduction to Strengths Based Leadership
  • 1:30pm–3:30pm: Strengths Group Work
  • 3:30pm–5:00pm: Chief Housing Officer Panel
  • 5:00pm: No host dinner out on the town

Please let us know if you have any questions. Registration will be posted on the WACUHO website very soon.

Thank You!

Pacific Management Institute Co–Chairs:
Noah Kaloostian
Elissa Lappenga
University of California, Los Angeles


In preparation for our upcoming Business meeting at the WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition (WACE) in June, I am taking this time to solicit any proposed changes to the WACUHO By–Laws (per Article IX, Sections I and II). Amendments to the By–Laws may be proposed by any voting member. Proposals must be submitted in writing (preference of submission is via email) to the WACUHO Vice–President by 5:00pm, Friday, May 14, 2010 to be considered at the Business meeting. Please contact Dana Pysz, for questions and/or submission of proposals.

Apartments & Community Living


Over the last few years, it has become clear to the Apartments and Community Living Committee that we do not really have much specific information about apartment and community style living environments in the WACUHO region, other than our personal and anecdotal data. In an attempt to address this, we are gathering data and ideas from our membership at large. You should be receiving soon an invitation to participate in a WACUHO sponsored Survey Monkey survey. PLEASE take the time to fill out and submit the information.

We estimate that the survey will take about 10 minutes to fill out (this will depend on the variety of types of community living you offer on your campus). It includes some basic demographic information about your institution and about your community living environments, and then some personal interest and information questions. We understand that there will be some questions for which you will be unsure of the information. Because of this, you will have the option to select "don’t know" for many questions.

We will be sending this out to all WACUHO members to gauge interest, but also to be able to ensure the highest possible institutional response. We will be "pooling" institutional demographic information, so please fill this information out if you have it.

Our hope is to distill the information and present it at the Annual Conference in June and in a later issue of the WAVES. Not only will the information provide the committee with some future direction, but should give both WACUHO as a whole and our member institutions useful data to discuss and with which to plan.

In addition to the survey, the Apartments and Community Living Committee is preparing several program proposals for the annual conference. As already mentioned, we hope to have a session discussing the results of the survey. We also hope to have our traditional roundtable session. Additional proposals around apartment and community living are also being submitted.

If you have any questions or thoughts to share, feel free to contact Robert Stephens, the committee chair, at

–The Apartments and Community Living Committee

Diversity & Affirmative Action Committee

Greetings WACUHO Friends,

The Diversity & Affirmative Action Committee has been busy preparing for the WACUHO Annual Conference and Exhibition and is looking forward to seeing you all this summer. When it comes time to decide which programs to attend at WACE, we hope you will join us at the following events:

  • D&A Committee Dessert Social: Once again, the D&A Committee will be hosting a dessert social where topics relevant to diversity and social justice will be discussed.
  • D&A Committee Name Change Roundtable: Picking up from where last year’s D&A Committee left off, we have been discussing changing the committee’s name to the "Diversity & Social Justice C.0ommittee". Before the Executive Committee can make the final decision, we will be holding a roundtable to discuss this issue and garner support and feedback from conference attendees.

Speaking of WACE, we would like to thank all those who applied for the D&A Committee Annual Conference Award. It’s always wonderful to hear about the amazing diversity–related causes, programs, and events that staff around our region is working on. So, without further a due (drum roll, please)...

Congratulations Alejandro Covarrubias!

Alejandro is this year’s recipient of the D&A Committee Annual Conference Award. Alejandro works for Santa Clara University as a Resident Director. Alejandro came to the student affairs field specifically because it was an avenue through which he could focus on his core foundational values of diversity and social justice. Alejandro is passionate about gender work and "working with men to acknowledge their own power and privilege in this world." Alejandro is an advisor for the sexual assault prevention student group, has facilitated sessions regarding violence against women, and started a pilot program surrounding men’s development as it relates to gender programming. Alejandro will be presenting a program at WACE entitled "Men’s Issues 101":

"Men’s issues in higher education are rising. Some have developed programs to address men and there are still opportunities for growth. This presentation defines some of the issues men face from a holistic perspective and unpacks some of the causes. Using a pro-feminist and community health model, the presentation focuses on approaches to addressing men’s issues including physical, emotional, psycho–social, and spiritual interventions. Issues of accountability, responsibility, and pre–cautions for developers and participants are also discussed.

Congratulations should also be given to Piya Bose!

Piya Bose is the recipient of the D&A Committee Individual Cash Award. Piya works for Cal Poly Pomona as an Area Coordinator. Piya has a strong affinity for social justice and diversity issues, as they have played a central theme to her professional career thus far. Over the past couple of years, Piya has served as the Diversity and Multiculturalism Committee Chair for her department. In this role, she strives to bring diversity related issues to the forefront of education and training for staff in her department. In the future, Piya would like to create a campus–wide hate crime response team/protocol and establish a gender neutral housing community.

Congratulations again, to Alejandro and Piya! And we look forward to learning more about how each one of you are working toward strengthening diversity on your campuses when we meet up at WACE!

Shimina Harris & Cristal Wallin, Co–Chairs
Diversity & Affirmative Action Committee

Finding the Right Match: Do’s and Don'ts of On–Campus Interviews

Finding the perfect match during recruitment can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to an on–campus interview. It is probably the most important step of the selection process for both candidates and employees. For the candidates, it provides the opportunity to interact both formally and informally with the department that may be their future workplace. For the employees, it is their chance to see if the candidates are a match for the department’s work and team dynamic.

Many times, a candidate will leave a campus feeling very confident about their interview, yet when the time comes for the employer’s decision, the candidate is not selected and is left wondering what they did wrong. On the flip side, sometimes an employer will offer a position to the department’s favorite candidate, but the candidate rejects the offer, leaving the employer curious to know why their department wasn’t good enough.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for on–campus interviews based on what we have experienced in the past:


  • DO dress appropriately. Wear a suit or at the least a dress shirt and dress pants. First-time appearances really do set the tone. If you are traveling by airplane, travel in interview-appropriate clothing just in case your luggage decides to wander off (you all know that it really happens!)
  • DO whatever it takes to have some energy for the day. If that means downing an energy drink, sipping on some coffee or getting 10 hours of sleep the day before, do it! There is nothing worse to an interview panel than a monotonous and yawning candidate.
  • DO bring out your personality in your interviews. Yes, you should be professional, but if the panel doesn’t experience hints of your personality, they wouldn’t know if you are a good fit for the group’s team dynamic.
  • DO know your audience. Research the campus and the department and what is unique about them and comment on it as well as positive things that you’ve noticed thus far (i.e. everyone has been so friendly and helpful today).
  • DON’T talk just to talk. Sometimes a short answer that is to the point and with an example is preferred over a long rambling answer in which you tell your life story.
  • DON’T get into political discussions over lunch or dinner. It is inappropriate and could possibly work against you.
  • DON’T indulge in alcoholic beverages during your interview meals. No explanation necessary.
  • DON’T pretend anything. If you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s better to admit it than to make something up. You also don’t want to fake some of your accomplishments at other institutions—this is a very intimate field and someone always knows someone.

Employers (including all staff in the department):

  • DO welcome your candidates with a friendly attitude and get to know them in between interviews and at meals.
  • DO look engaged and attentive during interviews instead of tired and wishing you were in your office catching up on work.
  • DO offer frequent bathroom or water breaks and give them some down time so that they can check their emails, make phone calls, or just take a breather.
  • DO offer your business card to the candidates so that they can properly contact you to thank you or to use you as a resource. Networking is a wonderful thing.
  • DON’T immediately start talking about the candidate as soon as he or she leaves the room. Walls aren’t that thick sometimes and it can really discourage a candidate for the remainder of the day if they hear something they weren’t meant to hear.
  • DON’T air the dirty laundry of the department (especially the personal issues within the group) to the candidate. The candidate is interviewing you as well and hearing the drama of the department can scare him or her away.
  • On the other hand, DON’T tell the candidate that there are no issues and that the team is one big loving family if it isn’t.

The Placement Committee wishes everyone the best of luck during your searches and we hope you have a positive experience during on-campus interviews.

Erica Alcantara & The Placement Committee

What Are The New Pros Up To?

WACUHO’s New Professionals Committee has been busy this spring! With the Wacuho Annual Conference and Exposition just around the corner, our committee has been hard at work to create an amazing experience for all new professionals and graduate student conference attendees. Here are just a few things you can look forward to in June:

  • New Pros Conference Welcome and Orientation- join us for an orientation to all things WACE. You’ll also get a chance to meet the amazing WACUHO Executive Committee.
  • New Pros Night On The Town- join the New Professionals Committee as we hit a local Palo Alto eatery for a night of food, fun, and new friends!
  • New Pros Bingo-attend a program, visit with an exhibitor, sign up for a committee, and win an awesome prize. New Pros Bingo cards are a great way to experience the diverse offerings of WACE with a great incentive- the chance to win an gift card!
  • Conference Buddies Program- Coming to WACE alone? Don’t want to eat another breakfast with your supervisor? Sign up for a conference buddy and meet another new professional or first time conference attendee. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a lasting connection!
  • New Pros Program Track- our committee has identified conference sessions that may be of interest to new professionals. Our committee will highlight these programs at the Welcome and Orientation session.

We look forward to a great conference this year at Stanford! Keep your eyes open for the Pre-Conference WAVES edition where we’ll provide tips on navigating WACE!

Kayla Nuss, New Professionals Committee Co-Chair

Hong Kong UCLA Exchange Experience

There are certainly elements that are inherent to our respective circumstances and cultures that help nourish or hinder the building of communities. Cultural differences are especially useful to expose shortcomings and to make any advantages more salient. We are then able to address weaknesses directly and in turn become more focused and purposeful in building our own communities.

The idea for a Hong Kong exchange emerged from discussions within the Asia Pacific Student Services Association (APSSA) and the ACUHO-I Global Summit in Hong Kong. Over the last decade, UCLA's Office of Residential Life and several Hong Kong universities have taken turns hosting individuals or small groups. Capitalizing on the common interest of APSSA and ACUHO-I, the idea for a larger and more formal exchange seemed only natural.

An exchange between UCLA and several Hong Kong universities was initiated by Jack Gibbons from UCLA and Rebecca Chan from the City University of Hong Kong (City U). They solicited more support from Wilson Lam, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Poly U), Faith Ho, HK University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and Tom Fong from the HK Institute of Education (HKIEd). The intent of such an exchange was to provide a larger forum to share knowledge and experience with international student affairs colleagues of all levels. The Hong Kong Student Services Association was invited to participate in the meetings.

During the American Thanksgiving Holiday week in November 2009, a delegation of ten student affairs professionals and students from UCLA and DePaul University represented their schools in Hong Kong for a six day exchange. USA representatives included student leaders, a resident advisor, a recreation coordinator, and housing staff. All representatives were hosted and accommodated in residence halls at one of the four Hong Kong host universities. Each university was scheduled to host a day program of seminars for both local and USA counterparts to present on critical topics related to residential life and student development. The USA delegation toured the various facilities related to campus life including: housing, recreation facilities, and other student support services.

The first day was hosted by Jamie Chau and Tom Fong from the HKIEd, a university focused on the preparation of teachers. Jamie presented on the topic of Learning Living Programs. This was explained as their approach to building community in the student residences with the hope to create synergies with students' academic pursuits. Mrs. Faith Ho from HKUST summed it up best with, "The experience and advancement opportunity that full-time students are employed as part-time staff in operating and managing various campus facilities are definitely a direct and ingenious method in developing students’ practical skills and shaping them to become future student affairs workers."

The second day was hosted by Wilson lam at Poly U, focused on Evidence-based Student Development. PolyU showcased their results of using statistical methods to measure the value of student programming on a range of student development issues. Although the results were preliminary, their commitment to delivering quality programming was demonstrated in the design and methodology of their project. Members of the USA delegation met their PolyU counterparts and exchanged relevant information and shared experiences. The delegation was hosted to a customary High Table Dinner with the Wuxian Student Hall. Wilson Lam, said "While we're encouraging our students to go global, the university's support of their staff to go and think global is of equal importance."

The third day was hosted by Faith Ho at HKUST. Both USA and Hong Kong staff presented and discussed the opportunities, experiences, and value of Staff Training and Development. The seminar was also attended by representatives from neighboring Hong Kong University (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Discussion points included Hong Kong’s unique position to provide programming for mainland China students, as well as the influence of Hong Kong staff in greater Asia.

The final day was hosted by Esther Lee at City U. This seminar focused on Response to Students in Crises & Handling Emergencies. Both CityU and UCLA presented various case studies to demonstrate ongoing improvements of campus systems, staff training, and media management. The session included discussions of best practices and lessons learned over time. Following a tour of the residence halls and campus, the USA delegation boarded the bus directly to Hong Kong International Airport on their way to their next visit at Beijing University.

Building communities is standard fair for those working in residential life, whether in the USA or in Hong Kong, or elsewhere. Examining what we do through different cultural lenses helps us to better understand our own context. This comparison encourages us to reflect, to focus, and to envision what we do and why we do it. Describing what our colleagues in Hong Kong are doing as successful would be an understatement, as evidenced by their rich programs, student involvement, and institutional pride. It is obvious that we can learn much from one another. So, these kinds of exchanges should continue, should grow, and should expand to others.

Nathan Ho, UCLA and Malcolm Quon, UCLA

Spirituality, Religion, and the Residential Life Professional

As the chair of the WACUHO Religious and Spiritual Issues committee, I have had a lot of time to process and consider the question of what is the appropriate role religion and spirituality should play in our chosen field? It seems with our students, we often miss this dimension of "holistic" development in our college students. We challenge students very skillfully and comfortably on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, gender issues, sexual identity issues, drugs and alcohol, and other dimensions of wellness. Conference after conference, I have encountered workshops on a variety of topics – not just at professional conferences, but at the RAPs as well. We, as professionals, and our staffs are good at many things – but what seems to be missing is the spiritual component. I rarely see a Resident Advisor put together a spiritual or religious program (keep in mind my experiences are mainly at Public Universities, I would hypothesize that at a private institution, Residential Life Staff may plan programs addressing the spiritual component of wellness) – where is the "Spirituality Awareness Week?" It is my belief that we don’t see this because we, as professionals, are afraid to address this topic.

With the release of a new study by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Higher Education Resource Institute (HERI) entitled "Spirituality in Higher Education: Students’ Search for Meaning and Purpose" we now have the ability to include research into the topic of spirituality which should boost our confidence as professionals to engage in such an important measure. The study was a seven year longitudinal study "examining the role that college plays in facilitating the development of students’ spiritual qualities." (Astin 2010). In the fall, a book on the study will be published entitled "Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives." This book, along with the recently published "Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education" by Chickering should challenge us, as housing professionals, to engage in this topic more extensively.

The Astin study focused on five Spiritual measures; Equanimity (defined as the capacity to maintain one’s sense of calm and centeredness, especially in times of stress), Spiritual Quest (defined as the active quest for answers to life’s "big questions"), Ethic of Caring (defined as a sense of caring and compassion for others), Charitable Involvement (a lifestyle that includes service to others), and Ecumenical Worldview (defined as a global worldview that transcends ethnocentrism and egocentrism). When broken down like this, much of what we do as housing professionals already falls in line with these spiritual measures. The concept of building community is the antithesis of being ethno- and ego- centric (moving from "me" to "we"). Our staff are skilled at caring and showing compassion for others, we regularly encourage community service and servant leadership, and we train staff to remain calm and centered, especially during times of stress. Why then, can we not put these together and challenge our staffs (and ourselves) spiritually?

The study also looked at five religious qualities; Religious Commitment, Religious Engagement, Religious/Social Conservatism, Religious Skepticism, and Religious Struggle.

The study found that religious engagement among college students declines somewhat during college, but their spiritual qualities grow substantially. The study also found that most growth occurs if college students are actively engaged in "inner work" through self-reflection, contemplation, or meditation. Growth in equanimity (keeping calm during periods of stress) "enhances students’ grade point average, Leadership Skills, Psychological well-being, self-rated ability to get along with other races and cultures, and commitment to promoting racial understanding." There were other significant findings, but I would encourage you to look into the study on your own.

The bottom line is, we, as professionals, need to challenge ourselves and our staffs to explore these issues further. Especially when we see the link between spirituality and leadership skills – planning training sessions on issues of spirituality and religion seem crucial.

Unfortunately, our own ego likely is what prevents us from engaging on topics such as this. When we explore big questions such as "the meaning of life" we immediately develop conflicts in regards to spiritual identity issues, and our own presupposed sets of values. How do we engage in these big questions without taking offense to another’s different viewpoint? When we talk about issues of "right" and "wrong" how do our students and colleagues deal with having their behavior and identity being called into question?

An example of this might include staff members whose core values and beliefs include any sex outside of marriage is "wrong." How do they assist residents and peers who may be struggling with sexual identity issues? What about our atheist staff who have residents coming to them asking them questions about God? Or staff members who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are then asked to plan and support a Halloween Carnival? Or a Birthday party? What support and resources do we have for staff members struggling with questions such as these? Obviously more discussion is necessary, but hopefully you understand the point?

If this article has encouraged you to "dig deeper" into this issue, then I have done my job. It is my hope that this article raise more questions than it answers – it is my hope that we, as professionals, can start to engage one another on issues such as spirituality and religion without fear of offending one another. Maybe, in our journey to educate our students, we can fill in the missing piece of "holistic development."

Whenever one begins to engage in a topic such as this, immediately fears and walls come up because the exploration of the spiritual is so personal. We talk about diversity a lot within the Housing field, but often times we skip over questions of spiritual and religious diversity in order to remain "safe." Because we want to remain "safe" we also shy away from engaging our students on the issue of religion and spirituality, because we are concerned about offending someone.

Tyler Miller

Time and Place Committee - WACE 2012

The Time and Place Committee has been busy securing the location and host for the 2011 Conference and Exposition. For those interested in finding out where it is, you’ll have to come to the 2010 WACE to find out. Early registration ends on May 14!

With 2011’s site identified, we are now searching for a host and site for the 2012 conference. The committee will be sending out RFPs to schools in the Northern Region for bids. As the current economic outlook is still uncertain, we will be entertaining bids for both on-campus and off-campus sites.

Bids will be due on June 15th and will reviewed by the Executive Committee before the Annual Conference and Exposition 2010 (Early Registration ends on May 14). For questions or assistance with your bid, feel free to email me at or call me at 951-827-4267.

Kafele J. Khalfani
Chair, Time & Place Committee

The R.W. Gang Award for a Corporate Friend of WACUHO

The Corporate Relations Committee seeks nominations for the R.W. Gang Award. The purpose of this award is to provide special recognition to a corporate friend of WACUHO who has made significant personal contributions to our Association.

The R.W. Gang Award has been named in memory of Mr. R.W. Gang, 12th President of our Association. R.W. served CACUHO and WACUHO faithfully during his many years of service, and he pioneered exhibits at our Annual Conferences. He acted in several different Housing Officer positions at both UCLA and CSULB. Later in life, R.W. continued his relationship with WACUHO as a vendor and corporate friend.

R.W.’s enthusiasm, humor, sense of caring, and concern for his colleagues, as well as his unending dedication to this profession, endeared him throughout the years to many WACUHO Members. WACUHO continues to honor his memory and his example by naming this award after him, and a $250 donation is made annually to the ACUHO-I Foundation of Excellence in his honor.

Following, you will find a nomination form. This form contains the criteria, deadline dates, and process information. Through your involvement and association with vendors who have been dedicated to WACUHO, you are encouraged to nominate a corporate friend who is deserving of this Award.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to contact Jack Gibbons, Co-Chair of Corporate Relations at or call (310) 825-1923. Your input and assistance in honoring one of our own is greatly appreciated. This award will be presented at this year’s Annual Conference.

Past R.W. Gang Award Recipients:

  • 2000 – Neeraj Sharma (WEB Services Company)
  • 2002 – Syd Bassow (Bassow Sales Company)
  • 2004 – Andi Cross (Postcraft Company)
  • 2005 – Lyle Morse (Norse Furniture)
  • 2006 – Scott Singleton (On Campus Marketing)
  • 2008 – Kara Johan (AMF Support Surfaces)
  • 2009 – Choyce Bostian Sr. (Micro 101)

Download the nomination form here.

Beneifts of Corporate Partnership

Bringing college housing professionals and corporate partners into meaningful association


WACUHO Corporate Partners are integrated part of our organization.

Your involvement as a WACUHO Corporate Partner can give your company valuable exposure and connection with approximately 100 colleagues and universities and their 900 staff members.

The Corporate Partnership program allows you to be active in WACUHO while consolidating and streamlining your sponsorship investment.

As a company that does business with university housing and food service, we invite you to become our partner.


Your partnership supports WACUHO continuing efforts to produce quality programs as well as establishing incentives and scholarships for our members to further their professional careers and recognize outstanding achievements. Your investment supports our nearly 50 communities addressing the needs and issues facing today’s college and university housing professionals.


Corporate Partnership is one calendar year beginning January 1st.


Nearly 900 professional housing staff will know that you are supporting our profession and WACUHO’s programs and events. The programs, conferences and events our Association sponsors each year include:

  • Northern, Central, Southern, and Island RAPs
  • Western Training Institute (WTI)
  • WACUHO annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE)

As a Corporate Partner, you also have the unique opportunity to serve on WACUHO committees and help produce quality programs.

There are three levels of partnership to choose from depending on your desired level of exposure. Please refer to the next panel for a summary of bronze silver and gold partnership benefits.


Partnership Benefits
(There are three levels of Corporate Partnership: bronze, silver and gold.)

Benefit Bronze Silver Gold
Listing on WACUHO web site
Subscription to Association newsletter
Listing in Annual Conference and Exhibition program
Exclusive invitation to sponsored event with CHOs at Annual Conference
$100 discount on exhibitor's booth at Annual Conference*
Priority exhibit assignment*
Membership directory access
Opportunity to serve on a WACUHO committee
Listing on banner displayed at conference events
One free set of Chief Housing Officers mailing labels
Listing in Association newsletter
Listing in program booklet for Housing Officers and student leadership conferences
Company recognition on select conference memorabilia
Company logos on Annual Conference and WTI portfolios
Special mention by Association President at Annual Conference
Plaque presented by the Association at Annual Conference
*Need to be a paid partner by published deadline.  Each partner receives one booth discount

Corporate Partners 2010

Company Name 2010
ASI Campus Laundry Solutions 2010 Gold Partner
Capstone Development Corp. 2010 Gold Partner
Collegiate Concepts, Inc. 2010 Gold Partner
Foliot Furniture, Inc. 2010 Gold Partner
KLN- Three Mountain 2010 Gold Partner
Southwest Contract 2010 Gold Partner
Web Service Company 2010 Gold Partner
A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products 2010 Silver Partner
AMF Support Surfaces, Inc. 2010 Silver Partner
National Student Services, Inc. 2010 Silver Partner
On Campus Marketing 2010 Silver Partner
California Prison Industry Authority 2010 Bronze Partner
Campus Loft Company 2010 Bronze Partner
Diamond Mattress Co. 2010 Bronze Partner
Ready Mark 2010 Bronze Partner
StarRez, Inc. 2010 Bronze Partner
University Loft Company 2010 Bronze Partner
USA Today 2010 Bronze Partner

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