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Welcome to the WACUHO Winter 2011 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 Winter 2011, 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

Jeanette Bradeen


I hope you all had a great break and came back to work ready to go again! I am sitting in beautiful Pacific Palisade while attending WTI. While I am having a wonderful experience I do have several things that I need to update you on.

You will shortly be hearing from Emily Sandoval, WACUHO VP regarding committee sign ups. There are a couple of new or re-activated committees: sustainability and conference services. It is volunteers, over 100, serving on these committees that enable WACUHO to offer so many leadership and development opportunities to our members and member institutions. Whether it is serving on one of the RAPS or one of the Annual Conference committee you will meet new people, either mentor a new professional or be mentored, and build up your networking resources . I still remember one of my Resident Directors who attended a WTI and has never quit participating on committees because of the rich experiences that she received.

You will also be hearing from Tim Trevan regarding nominations. It is that time of year when I would encourage you to run for an Executive Committee position. Positions that are open are President Elect, Vice President, Secretary, North Member at Large (MAL), Central MAL, and South MAL. The Newsletter Editor position is also open and is a two year position. Watch the weekly WACUHO Updates for more information, go to the website or contact Tim directly.

If you haven’t signed up for the Pacific Management Institute do so now. PMI is scheduled for Feb. 24th – 25th at UC Riverside. The theme is “Solving the Puzzle of Mid-Level Management” with Alex Belisario as the Institute Scholar. It looks to be an amazing development opportunity for all mid-level staff plus it is being held in a great location (all prejudice aside!)

The Annual Conference Committees have been busily at work planning on an exciting conference. The theme is Mission San Diego: Connect, Collaborate, Cultivate. Jessica Pettit will be the closing keynote speaker on June 22nd. The program committee is looking for program presenters from all areas of Housing and Dining. The USD staff is gearing up and looks forward to hosting all of you on their beautiful campus! Watch for updates on the website and in the weekly e-mail updates.

The Executive Committee had a productive meeting Jan.uary 12th – 14th at the University of San Diego. Along with a tour of the facilities that we will be using for WACE 2011 we discussed WACE 2012, a new Corporate Partner structure, the election process, selection of Frank Montana as the ACUHO-I Foundation Representative, and many other items vital to the running of WACUHO. While we were in the area Alex Belisario and Happy Cimenski-Almogela joined us for a trip to the WACUHO archives which are hosted at San Diego State University. Alex and Happy have their work cut out for them as they will be going through every thing that has been stored, deciding what will be digitalized and/or saved. They have some excellent ideas regarding photos and WACE 2011 so be ready for some extra fun times at the conference.

The ACUHO-I 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition will be held in Anaheim, yes California!, and we are looking for volunteers to be on the Annual Conference Committees (Local Arrangements, Exhibits and Programs) so if you are interested please let me know by sending an e-mail to and I will get you on the committee of your choice!

Last but definitely not least, I am a grandma again! I now have three grandsons and just found out that my son and his wife are expecting in August! The adage about being a grandparent being more fun is VERY true as I can attest to and I enjoyed being a parent. Hopefully you will all get to meet all of them at WACE 2011!

Now I need to get back to enjoying WTI and learning even more about programs at your institutions!

See you next time,
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.

WACE 2011: Host News

WACUHO is going to SAN DIEGO! The 55th Annual WACUHO Conference and Exposition, “Mission San Diego: Connect, Collaborate, Cultivate” will be held on the beautiful University of San Diego campus June 19-22, 2011.

It’s time for another season of connecting with colleagues, presenting our successes and learning from our challenges. We invite you to join us as we collaborate across our region and look for new opportunities to cultivate our home campus communities.

To really embrace our mission, accommodations will be part of the University of San Diego’s campus beautiful housing program and our delicious meals will be prepared by University of San Diego’s award-winning chefs! Conference participants will have the opportunity to really connect, collaborate and cultivate in the living experience of today’s college students. To take a peek at the University of San Diego experience visit Not only are we looking to make your WACUHO experience a little more affordable, but we also hope to take advantage of being on campus to bring a new perspective to the great work that we do.

The world off-campus is a pretty exciting place, too! For those looking for fun and adventure, and or bringing along family members to enjoy the area, the San Diego neighborhoods include such offerings as:

And what’s WACUHO without the chance to play- uhm, we mean “network”- with all your colleagues across the region? Look forward to the usual opportunities like the beloved Hospitality Suite and Karaoke Night, along with some new twists! Reconnect with your old friends and make some new ones as we celebrate the diversity of the housing programs in our region.

Please save the date to join us for “Mission San Diego: Connect, Collaborate, Cultivate.” We are continuing with the WACUHO Conference and Expositions tradition while focusing on affordable yet effective professional development.

Don’t forget to bring your suntan lotion and we will see you this summer!

Josh O’Connor & Kathi Spittel
Host Chairs

WACE 2011: News from Exhibits and Displays

Greeting WACUHO members! We hope that all is going well at your home institutions. The Exhibits and Displays (E and D) Committee got off to a slow start but will quickly be gearing up in the new year to put together the most comprehensive and enjoyable Exhibits area for this year's annual conference being hosted at the University of San Diego! As evidenced by the picture below.


The Exhibits Area will be housed in what might be one of the prettiest venues on the USD Campus-- the Forums at the University Center.We will be following the "new" Exhibits Hall format pioneered at Stanford last year--with Exhibitors arriving on campus Monday afternoon to set up their booths and then having dedicated time in the conference schedule Tuesday morning for all conference attendees to spend some time in the Exhibits area to Connect with the Exhibitors. After getting feedback from both conference attendees and Exhibitors, the thought/discussion provoking "Exhibitor»s in the Round" sessions will be held during two of the regular interest sessions Monday afternoon. These programs are designed to provide the opportunity to Cultivate new resources while Collaborating with colleagues and exhibitors. More details about these "Exhibitors in the Round" programs will be forthcoming in later editions of the WAVES.

In the coming weeks, the committee will be contacting prospective exhibitors to join us for the conference to share new ideas with us, answer questions about products and services they have to offer to our institutions, as well as hopefully have some fun getting to know all of the great people who work in the region!

If anyone out there has ideas about potential exhibitors who would like to join us at our annual conference, please feel free to pass on their contact information to either Mako Ushihara ( or Vinnie Hama ( and we will contact them to get them signed up to exhibit with us.

Until the next time we meet, warmest wishes for a smooth new quarter/semester and looking forward to seeing all of you at the beautiful University of San Diego campus in June!

Vinnie and Mako, Exhibits and Displays co-chairs, WACE 2011

WaCE 2011: Programming Committee News

People attend the annual WACUHO conference for a variety of reasons. Some want to network. Some hope to gain insight into their profession through interesting programs and advice from great speakers. Others — admit it or not — just want to get out of the office for a few days! We hope you come to WACE 2011 in San Diego to connect and collaborate with colleagues and cultivate friends and knowledge.

The Program Committee for WACE 2011 is lining up amazing guest speakers, informative breakout sessions, and some fun networking opportunities to entice you to come to San Diego in June.

Kicking off the four-day conference will be a discussion featuring panelists with experience working in housing as well as colleagues in higher education who have seen the effects of how staff in college housing impacts the larger community. There’ll be more information on the panelists in future writings.

The main attraction for many WACUHO conference attendees is the hands-on learning and networking they get during breakout sessions. This year’s sessions are intended to hit a broad range of topics, including: housing and technology, dining, marketing communications, facilities, and conference services. Possible programs so far include: colleagues at Cal Maritime talking about their unique program; sustainable dining practices and low-carbon dining days at the University of Redlands; University of San Diego’s Resident Faculty program, Census programming and marketing at UC Berkeley; and ResNet.

Just to make sure you stay for the last day of WACE 2011, diversity educator and former standup comedian Jessica Pettitt is the closing speaker. Pettitt uses laughter and a highly interactive program that leaves participants with action steps to make real change in their lives. She brings her 10-plus years experience in Student Affairs, 5-plus years of national consulting work and 2-plus years of standup comedy experience to the stage to, as her website says, “inspire change, dismantle oppression and recognize our privilege.” Her rousing presentation is the perfect way to end the conference bursting with energy and wisdom. Check out her website at

When all the daytime activities have ended and you’ve returned from Night on the Town, but you’re not quite ready to hit the sack — join us for “WACUHO After Dark.” Without giving away too much, let’s just say, you won’t want to miss this gathering. Stay tuned for more information to come!

Now that we’ve got you excited about attending WACE 2011, here is what we need from you: if you have a program idea, get your proposal in as soon as possible. If you know a colleague who has a project/presentation/idea that would help others, encourage them to submit a proposal. We are very interested in making the WACE program choices fun, diverse, interesting, and creative, so go out on a limb and submit your idea! And don’t forget our theme: Connect, Cultivate, Collaborate.

WACE’s Program Committee is excited to read your program proposals. Watch the WACUHO website for the Call for Programs to go live. Please submit your proposals by March 25. Please feel free to e-mail for information about proposals.

Corporate partner program updated

The Corporate Partner Program has been revised and updated to expand “giving” opportunities and recognition opportunities, as well as increase the transparency and equity of opportunities for our business colleagues. The Corporate Relations Committee, comprised of both institutional and corporate representatives, realized that some companies want to contribute more than the current program specifies. They also seek more recognition, especially for their higher contributions.

Gold level contributions have risen from $1500 to $2000, and the new Platinum level contributions are set at $3000. Both Gold and Platinum Partners will receive more recognition for supporting one and two events respectively at the Annual Conference or the Western Training Institute.

The Annual Campaign to involve new and returning Corporate Partners will be conducted during February, so that Partners will have ample opportunity to plan their participation at the WACE, the Annual Conference. Questions regarding the Corporate Partner Program can be directed to the Committee Chair, Jack Gibbons at: or by phoning him at 310-825-1923.

Company Name




A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products

2008 Silver Partner

2009 Silver Partner

2010 Silver Partner

Adden Furniture, Inc.

2008 Bronze Partner


Allen & O'Hara Educational Services, Inc.

2009 Gold Partner


AMF Support Surfaces, Inc.

2008 Silver Partner

2009 Silver Partner

2010 Silver Partner

ASI Campus Laundry Solutions (Coinmach, Inc.)

2008 Gold Partner

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Gold Partner

Butler-Johnson Corporation

2008 Silver Partner


California Prison Industry Authority

2008 Silver Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

Campus Loft Company

2008 Silver Partner

2009 Bronze Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

Capstone Development Corp.

2008 Gold Partner

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Gold Partner


2008 Gold Partner


College Storage Student Services (formerly Collegeboxes, Inc.)

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

Collegiate Concepts, Inc.

2008 Gold Partner

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Gold Partner

CORT, Inc.

2010 Bronze Partner

Diamond Mattress Co.

2009 Bronze Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

Foliot Furniture, Inc.

2008 Silver Partner

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Gold Partner

Furniture by Thurston

2008 Bronze Partner


Gannett, Nat’l Shared Services (USA Today)

2008 Gold Partner

2009 Bronze Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

Micro 101 Solutions, Inc.

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Gold Partner

MicroFridge - Intirion

2008 Silver Partner

2009 Bronze Partner

2010 Gold Partner

Mogavero Notestine Associates

2009 Bronze Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

National Student Services, Inc.

2008 Silver Partner

2009 Silver Partner

2010 Silver Partner

On Campus Marketing

2008 Silver Partner

2009 Silver Partner

2010 Silver Partner

Ready Mark

2008 Bronze Partner

2009 Bronze Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

Service Oriented Sales

2008 Bronze Partner



2009 Gold Partner


Southwest Contract

2008 Silver Partner

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Gold Partner

StarRez, Inc.

2008 Bronze Partner

2009 Bronze Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

Tandus/C & A Floorcoverings

2008 Gold Partner


Three Mountain Furniture (KLN Steel Products Company)

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Gold Partner

University Loft Company

2008 Silver Partner

2010 Bronze Partner

Web Laundry Systems

2008 Gold Partner

2009 Gold Partner

2010 Gold Partner

Windsor Industries

2008 Silver Partner


Call for Executive Committee Nominations! Deadline – March 4, 2011

Hello WACUHO!!

Did your New Year’s resolutions include getting more involved in the field or taking on an exciting leadership role?  Have you been itching to make a difference in our esteemed Association or searching for a way to give back to the Housing field?  Or might it be that you have been working on the sidelines, cheering on the Association; and you are now at a point where you are willing and able to take that “next step?”

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, or if you know of someone who would answer “YES”, the WACUHO Nominations Committee has a wonderful opportunity for you!!!  WACUHO has a rich history of incredible leadership and we want you to become a part of this tradition. The Nominations Committee is currently identifying candidates to run for 2001-12 WACUHO Executive Committee positions. To accomplish this goal, we need your help!  Submitting your nomination is easy!  Simply contact on of the Nominations Committee members listed below. 

A few things to remember:

  • You are welcome to nominate a colleague from any WACUHO member institution…and don’t hesitate to nominate yourself!  Many of our Executive Committee candidates nominate themselves.
  • Please speak to whomever you nominate before you submit their name to confirm that he/she is interested in running for the Executive Committee.
  • The Nominations Committee will follow up with all nominees to confirm their interest and guide candidates through the remainder of the nominations and election process.
  • The newly elected 2011/12 Executive Committee will have its kick-off meeting on Sunday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon in San Diego, prior to the start of the Annual Conference.


  • The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 4, 2011.  Nominations may be submitted to Happy Almogela at  Show some WACUHO love and nominate today! 
  • Candidate statements and election information will be posted to by March 23, 2011.
  • Voting information will be sent to the designated contact at each member institution by March 23, 2011.
  • Election period is April 11 – 15, 2011.

Open positions for the upcoming election are:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Member-at-Large, North
  • Member-at-Large, Central
  • Member-at-Large, South

For a description of each Executive Committee position, please see “Section IV: Executive Committee” in the WACUHO Leadership Manual, which is available in the “Resources” section of the website at 

Please take the time to encourage someone you know to run or consider running yourself. The candidate slate will be revealed in the next issue of the WAVES, so keep your eyes open for more detailed information!

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Trevan, Nominations Chair, or any member of the Nominations Committee.

Thank you for your interest in serving our Association!

Tim Trevan, Chair –
Happy Cimenski-Almogela –
Christine Jordan –
Suzanne Seplow –

Interested in serving as Newsletter Editor on the next WACUHO Executive Committee?

It’s a great opportunity to:

  • Compile and disseminate crucial information to WACUHO members via the WAVES online newsletter
  • Participate in association discussions while serving on the Executive Committee
  • Liaise with association committees

This two-year appointment would begin July 1, 2011 and end June 30, 2013. Interested folks should send their name, contact information, and brief paragraph on why they are interested in serving as Newsletter Editor to President-Elect Dana Pysz, Deadline to submit your interest is 5pm, Friday, March 11, 2011. Please contact Dana with any questions.

Get Involved

Hello WACUHO! Are you interested in getting involved in a WACUHO committee? Or possibly even chairing a committee? Well, it’s almost that time of year again. Committee signs up for 2011-2012 committees will begin in March. Please keep an eye out for information on the WACUHO home page. While joining a committee can occur on a rolling basis, we will be looking for committed volunteers to chair committees as soon as the sign up goes live on the website. The chair positions will be decided at the April Executive Committee Meeting. So start thinking ahead and get your departmental support so you can help WACUHO be successful during the 2011-2012 academic year! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Emily Sandoval at for more information.

Conference Services Committee: Back with a BANG!

Ok, well maybe not quite a bang…yet. But we’re definitely back and ready to make some noise. Never heard of the Conference Services committee? You’re not alone. The committee has been laying low for a while but with three new and dedicated committee members, we’re anxious to bring it back to provide a peer network and resources to provide additional support to you in your work with conference services.

Our first order of business is to create and maintain an easily accessible list serve of association members in the conferencing arena. Not sure if the listserv will benefit you? Ask yourself:

  • Have I ever wondered about best practices and how I can incorporate them into my business practice?
  • Have I ever had a quick question and wondered who I could ask for input?
  • Have I ever wondered how other people are managing to make it through May, June, July and August?
  • Have I ever been proud of something I accomplished and wanted to share it with people who can fully appreciate the awesomeness of it?
  • If you answered yes to any of the above, then yes! The listserv is for you.

In addition to the listserv, we’re hoping to create a common place and way to share resources and foster a peer network to meet your interests. Because we’re here to make our conference programs more profitable and pleasurable for us and our staffs, our institutions and our clients. So what are you waiting for? If you or one of your colleagues is interested in taking advantage of this new resource, contact one of us today and let us know what this committee can do to support you.

Looking forward to it!

Lisa Racine, Committee ChairM
CSU Channel Islands

Christy Clinton, Committee Member
University of San Diego

Tiffany Taylor, Committee Member
San Francisco State University

Equity & Diversity Awareness Committee News

We hope you are as excited as we are to get this New Year underway. But before we move forward, we would like to take this opportunity to look back and recognize some amazing work surrounding issues of diversity within our WACUHO community. Please join us in congratulating the following students who received “Social Justice and Change Awards” for their diversity programming at our Northern, Central and Southern RAPs:

Northern RAP Award Recipients:




Academy of Art University

Crystal Kitten & Amanda Beirne


CSU Chico

Brian Kim &
Tara Matthews

TOMS: Shoes for TOMorrow

Ryan St. George

Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes

Price Peterson

White Privilege

CSU Sacramento

Rose Klein

Talk to Me!

Demetrio Gonzalez

Guess Who’s Gay

Mills College

Lisa Kelly

Merging Theory & Practice: Creating Program Based on Your Resident’s Interests

UC Berkeley

Osaama Saifi

Religion in the Res Halls: Conversations about Spirituality & Religion

Onn Rubin

Transcending Titles

Kevin Cuevas

[Your School’s] Next Top Drag Performer!

UC Davis

Sepideh Saeb &
Martin Wong

Culture of the Month!

UC Merced

Tabitha Farley

Let’s Stereotype

UC Santa Cruz

Finch Turner

(Trans)gendering the Politics of Residential Life

Krysta Villeda & Heather Yamada-Hosley

Kresge Presents PRIDE: Celebrating the Queer & Ally Community

University of Nevada, Reno

Andrew Hales

One is the Loneliest Number: Building Positive Staff Relations

University of San Francisco

Lauren Bellenie &
Chris Panaligan

It Gets Better @ USF: Spirit Day

Central RAP Award Recipients:




CSU Northridge

Kegan Mungia

Diversity DJ Hero

Mount St. Mary’s

Alejandra Angel & Rosemary Cuevas

Skulltastic Extravaganza

Andrea Ramirez & Amelia Sili

Zumba…Polynesian Style

Elizabeth Lemus &
Julia Sauter

Connect the Dots: What’s the Connection Between Leadership & Culture?

Zully Garcia &
Cameron Wright

Tae Kwon What

Jenny Garcia &
Melaine Gonzalez

Make Your Mark

UC Los Angeles

Laura Merchant

They See Me Rollin’

Elyse Bender &
Eric Hertz

How to Tell People They Sound…

Rogelio Pardo

The Hungry Ghost Festival

Southern RAP Award Recipients:




Cal Poly Pomona

Samantha Muir-Valdovinos, Barcin Saiyadian, Justin Page,
& Cole Fritzenkotter

Guess Who’s Gay?

Jordan Budisantoso

Leadership in the Movies!

Karla Enriquez &
Corey Ramirez Gomez

Dia de los Muertos

Joanna Ha &
Alisha Lewis

Check Your Religion

Chapman University

Mark Mezak &
Francesca El-Attrash

Who’s the Hetero?

Akio Lloyd

Graffiti for Peace

CSU San Marcos

Robin Skale &
Christina Bastianon

Would You Rather?

Kirstee Novak

Give a Child Hope

UC Irvine

Benji Zachariah

Hunger Banquet

UC Riverside

Ernie Lin &
Daniel Yamane

A Sight to Behold

Now, as we look forward, the Equity & Diversity Awareness Committee is excited to start preparing for the WACUHO Annual Conference & Exhibition (WACE) in San Diego, CA. As always, we are providing scholarship opportunities to attend the Annual Conference. We will be handing out three (3) scholarships/awards:

  1. $650 Annual Conference Scholarship (Individual)
  2. $100 Diversity Award (Individual)
  3. $200 Diversity Award (Institutional)

E&DA Annual Conference Award

This year’s $650 Annual Conference Scholarship award will be given to an individual to be used toward registration, travel and hotel for WACE 2011. Please see below for selection criteria and application requirements:

Selection Criteria

The award recipient will be selected based on their commitment to diversity above and beyond the requirements expected of them in their current position. Evaluation based on originality, creativity and quality. The recipient will be required to present a diversity program at WACE.

Some examples of outstanding diversity projects may include:

  • Coordinating a special project or event
  • Initiating a program that fosters a greater understanding of under-represented groups (i.e., your response or responses to a negative cultural event that happened at your institution)
  • Active participation in either local or national multicultural/diversity based organizations

Application Requirements

Please submit the following materials directly to the E&DA Co-Chairs, Jorge Arroyo and Cristal Wallin (contact information is listed below*), by Friday, April 15, 2011.

  1. A maximum of three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages which respond to the following:
    • Address the selection criteria by describing how you have gone above and beyond in your current or previous position to further the ideals of diversity at your institution and in your community.
    • Discuss how you plan to continue to integrate the theme of diversity in your future professional goals.
    • Describe what you hope to gain from the conference and how you will incorporate what you have learned at the conference to improve diversity in the field of student affairs and the WACUHO organization.
  2. A copy of your current resume.
  3. A copy of the program proposal form you filled out for WACE, including the program description, goals, and abstract. (Please note that the WACE program proposal has not yet been published, but keep an eye out for it.)
  4. A letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor (preferably your current supervisor) addressing the selection criteria, including impact and results.
  5. A coversheet that includes the Name, Position, Institution, Address, Telephone, Fax, and E-mail of both you and your current (or former) supervisor.

E&DA Committee Annual Cash Awards

In addition to the Annual Conference Scholarship, we have two (2) cash prizes to award to an institution and individual who are exhibiting good diversity practices. $100 will be awarded to an individual and $200 will be awarded to an institution. To nominate an institution, individual, or yourself, please submit the following materials directly to the E&DA Co-Chairs, Jorge Arroyo and Cristal Wallin (contact information is listed below*) by Friday, April 15, 2011:

  1. I. A maximum of three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages that address how the institution or individual has gone above and beyond in furthering the ideals of diversity in the workplace and/or community.
  2. A coversheet that includes the Name, Position, Institution, Address, Telephone, Fax, and E-mail of both you and the institution/individual you are nominating.

*Submit Materials to:
Arroyo & Cristal Wallin,
ACUHO Equity & Diversity Awareness Co-Chairs

The E&DA Committee strongly encourages email submissions, but if you need to submit materials via mail, please email us & we will provide you with a mailing address.

Good luck!

Jorge & Cristal, E&DA Committee Co-Chairs

New Professionals Committee News

The WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition and the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition are only a few short months away and the New Pros Committee wants YOU to attend! If you are a New Professional in the WACUHO region, you are eligible to apply for two scholarships that are intended to facilitate conference attendance.

The New Pros Committee will award two (yes, that’s 2!) $650.00 awards to cover conference travel and registration to attend the WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition (WACE). WACE will be held at the University of San Diego in San Diego, CA from June 19 through June 22. In order to be considered, please complete the attached application and email it to directly to New Pros Committee Co-Chair, Crystal White at The application for this award must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 15th, in order to be considered.

The committee will also award one (1) $1000.00 award for registration and travel to the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition that will take place July 9 through July 12 in New Orleans, LA. In order to be considered, the attached application must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 15th. Please email it directly to Crystal White at Please note, if you intend to apply for both awards, you must complete both applications.

Please submit any questions to Crystal White at or to Noah Kaloostian at

Things to consider when searching for a job in Student Affairs…

While I am not job searching this year, I am the type of person who is constantly updating my resume and thinking about my future. My job search has grown to include many elements as each year of life goes by. I am writing this article because I would like you to look beyond apartment size and salary to the other elements that need to be seriously considered when job searching. I highly suggest that you talk to your mentors, trusted colleagues, and family members about your job search and reasons to applying to each institution.

  1. Would you like to pursue a Doctoral degree? If so, how soon?
    It is important to look at positions at institutions that offer terminal degrees. If that institution does not offer terminal degrees, are there neighboring institutions where you could comfortably travel to and from work and your degree program? Will the job pay for your degree? If not, are you financially able to pay for the degree?
  2. Do you have a family? Are you planning to start one in the foreseeable future? Is the department family friendly?
    This looks different at each school. I once held a position where we were not allowed to have children in our office spaces. One day my daughter was sick and I had to bring her home from daycare. I remember sneaking her into my office. The entire time I was terrified that I would get caught. While this is an extreme example, you never want to end up in a place where you and your family and/or partner are not welcomed or do not feel comfortable. It can be helpful to talk with other professionals in the department who have families and or partners and your future supervisor about their experiences and expectations surrounding having a family. It is important to be realistic; you may not be able to set up a playpen in your office. But can you bring your family to department outings and programs? Can you set up boundaries to allow yourself a reasonable amount of family time without your supervisor raising an eyebrow?
  3. Are you a person of color or a member of an underrepresented group?
    I have jokingly said that I would not move anywhere with my family where we would drastically change the Census count. It is okay to ask if there are support groups or organizations that you can rely on or hook into that can make you feel safe and comfortable not only on campus but also in the town/city. A department should be open and ready to answer these questions because this is typically a concern for them as well in regards to retention. Let’s face it; it costs a lot of money to recruit people. Who wants to hire people every year because quality folks keep leaving because it is a hostile environment for people of certain identities? There are two websites that I love to use, and They are both free and have helped me research the demographics of each location where I have interviewed for a job.
  4. Yes, look at Salary.
    I know that I said that you should look beyond salary and apartment size. But it should be a consideration especially if you have a family or significant debt. Please Note: It should not be the motivation for a job with a department. Sometimes that three bedroom apartment is not worth the heartache or headache on either end. It is important to look at cost of living of the area. Ask yourself can I realistically live here and be comfortable with that salary? If you decide that you would like to negotiable a higher salary or other compensation (i.e. campus gym memberships, the apartment painted, etc.), ask once you receive the offer. After you’ve said yes and accepted the job, that’s it. You cannot negotiate after the fact. And remember, it is never a great idea to insult your future employer by asking for luxury or over the top amenities or salary.
  5. What type of institution would you like to work for? Religious, small, medium, public, co-ed, single gender, predominately White or a Historically Black College and University?
    Every environment is so different. What experience are you looking for? What can you offer to and looking to learn from the students? I worked at a small religious school for a short time and I was told that I could not give condoms to my residents or essentially talk about sex or LGBTQ issues/topics. I was pretty torn by this. My values did not mix well with the institution. My example can apply to any school. There are state schools across the country that are considering not allowing student staff members to give out condoms to residents because of legalities. It is so important to consider and know the environment where you could work.

Good Luck with your Search this Year! And remember, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you!

Crystal D. White
Residential Life Coordinator, Sonoma State University
Co-Chair, New Professionals Committee

Calling All Resumes!

The Placement Committee has formed a group of seasoned professionals who have volunteered to review resumes of association members. If you are planning on job searching soon, or just want some feedback on ways that you can improve your resume, send a copy of your current resume to the Placement Committee at The committee will then forward your resume to one of our volunteers and you will receive direct feedback in one - two weeks time. It is our hope that this service can be helpful to future job searches and other applications where a resume is required.

We are still are accepting volunteers to serve as resume reviewers. If you are interested in joining the reviewers who have already signed up, please email the committee at the address above. The commitment should be no more than a few hours per month and will get smaller as the resume review group grows in size.

We look forward to seeing you all in June and please stay tuned for info about placement opportunities at WACE.

Kelly Cole and the Placement Committee

"Should I Stay or Should I Go" – How to Interview an Institution

As recruitment season approaches, you might soon find yourself in one of the following two categories: 1) wondering if it’s time to move on from your current position or 2) in the midst of on-campus interviews and trying to decide if these campuses fit your lifestyle.

Whether you identify with the first category or the second, there are three questions that you might want to reflect on. These questions cover some of our most basic needs when it comes to a career commitment.

  1. What is the quality of life like for me (and my family) while I’m at this institution?
  2. Am I still having fun in my job? or Will I have fun while I’m in this job?
  3. How does this job challenge me professionally?

These three questions will help you determine whether it’s time to consider moving on, or will help you decide if this new campus is where you want to set up shop.

During an on-campus interview, it’s important to seek the answers to these questions either casually over a meal, while walking around, or formally at the end of an interview when you are given the chance to ask the panel your questions.  Here are some examples of questions you can ask yourself or the institution based on the three needs.  It is also a good idea to ask the same question to multiple people to gain different perpectives.  These reflective questions will hopefully help you make a better decision on your career’s future!

  1. Section 1
    1. What are some things to do for fun in this area?
    2. What is the cost of living here compared to other cities?
    3. What is the culture in this department when it comes to vacation or time away? Is it flexible or not very flexible?
    4. Are there any benefits beyond the salary? Retirement plan? Health insurance? Gym membership, etc.?  (Note: On inquiries related to benefits, salary negotiation, etc., it is preferable to ask after they have offered you a position, but before you accept the position.)
    5. How does the department support health and balance?
    6. What is the school system like in this area in case you have kids?
  2. Section 2
    1. What is the department’s group dynamic?
    2. What is the overall feeling you get from interacting with the department? Positive or negative vibes?
    3. Does the size of this department suite your style or comfort level?
    4. What is the student interaction like in this position/department?
  3. Section 3
    1. What are the professional development opportunities in this department? Both outside and in-house?
    2. What about development outside of the job description? Is there room for that?
    3. What is the collaboration like with other campus departments?
    4. Are there any volunteer opportunities that will strengthen your professional career?
    5. What is the department’s view on change? Are the open to it or very tied to traditional ways?

T.R.I.B.E.S. (Together Researching and Investigating Basic Exploration of the Sacred)!!!

After a fantastic Fall Semester, we had two amazing discussions in October and November on “Cultivating the Spirit: Spirituality and Higher Education” and “Spirituality and the Media.” It was a fascinating exploration into research on the topic of Spirituality. If you weren’t there, you missed out!!!

Join us in February and March at a new day and new time (with a new phone number):

Participate in TRIBES by calling 310-206-9146 on the following dates and times:

February call-in: Thursday, February 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

  • Topic: Spirituality and Sexuality: How does sexuality influence religion and spirituality
  • Abstract: Sexual Morality has varied greatly over time and between cultures. A society's sexual norms — standards of sexual conduct — can be linked to religious beliefs, or social and environmental conditions, or all of these. On campuses across America we are seeing this conflict more and more. Students are entering college struggling with both their sexual and spiritual identity. We will discuss spiritual identity development and how the sexual norms on many college campuses have forced many students to question their spiritual identity. We will also look at the struggle our LGBT students have with their own spiritual identity and how the college experience can shape their spiritual identity.

March call-in: Thursday, March 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

  • Topic: Servant Leadership
  • Abstract: We will be exploring how spirituality can play a role in servant leadership, how servant leadership can serve our students’ spiritual or faith beliefs and look at ways to incorporate “spiritual” support or education into leadership development.

Potential Future topics (Subject to Change):

  • How Much “You” can you be, without offending someone else?
    • Spirituality & Privilege – Can you be open as a Christian student affairs officer?
  • Religious and Spirituality Case Law: What is allowable & what is not?
  • Developing Spiritual “Safe Places” on campus and in our living communities
  • Supporting Religious Diversity at Religious/faith based Higher Education Institutions

Or – suggest a topic for a future TRIBES call! We’d love your input!

For more information contact tyler miller, Chair of the WACUHO Religious and Spiritual Issues committee at

Reflections on WTI 2011

The Western Training Institute 2011 returned to Aldersgate Retreat Center in Pacific Palisades, California again this year from January 30th through February 2nd. Thirty-two participants were in attendance and were ready to explore their strengths, and how to use them in their professional and personal lives. Led by Resident Scholars Kris McPeak, Melissa Yamamoto, and Mary Ann Begley participants were encouraged and challenged to explore different aspects of their work. Through small group discussion and individual journaling, we all reflected on topics such as individual values, campus politics, and career options. During the evenings, individual discussions continued to take place throughout the house as people processed through the day’s sessions. It was also an amazing opportunity to talk with professionals at other institution sharing triumphs, challenges, and strategies for success. WTI was once again an opportunity to grow as a professional, make new connections, and make new friends.


Dragalicious Drag Ball VIII - Haus of Fierce

For many years, UCR’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center has shared a close relationship with Housing, Dining & Residential Services.  This relationship has created a number of beneficial and synergistic programs including:

  • Stonewall Hall – Theme housing for LGBT students and allies
  • Gender Neutral Housing – Allowing students to live together regardless of gender identity and/or expression
  • Specialized training for new and returning student staff during fall training
  • Joint summer internships focusing on creating and improving programs for HDRS and the LGBTRC
  • Programming events like The Underground Dance Party – featuring a professional Drag Performance from renowned entertainers which boasted an attendance of over 800 students this year

Even with all of these collaborations, there still more we can do.  Andy Plumley, UC Riverside's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Housing, Dining & Residential Services, loves leadership AND scholarships...and he's willing to put his Manolos where his mouth is. Continuing a tradition started last year by Nancy Jean Tubbs (Director of the UCR LGBT Resource Center), Andy has agreed to dress in drag to raise money for UCR's LGBTQIA Student Scholarship Fund. When asked about why Andy was doing this, his wife Sheryl responded "Andy never drags his stilettos when asked to be center stage."

The scholarship requires $25,000 to be endowed. Andy has set the aggressive goal of raising $5,000 this year. Additionally, to sweeten the pot, Andy has agreed to perform a song at UCR’s Drag Ball on March 31 when we hit $5,000. So with each $500 level reached, Andy will don an additional item of drag, the levels are:

  • $500.00 Heels
  • $1,000.00 Hose
  • $1,500.00 Skirt
  • $2,000.00 Dress
  • $2,500.00 Jewels
  • $3,000.00 Make-up
  • $3,500.00 Earrings
  • $4,000.00 Hair/Wig
  • $4,500.00 Appearance @ Drag Ball
  • $5,000.00 Performance @ Drag Ball

The fundraising will begin on February 1 and continue through March 25 and donations are tax-deductible. If you’re interested in participating, visit our donation page at:

Dragalicious Drag Ball VIII - "Haus of Fierce" will take place on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8pm in HUB 302. Advance Tickets @ 245 Costo Hall - $5 student, $7 general. Door Tickets $7 student, $10 general. All proceeds from the Dragalicious Drag Ball will also go to benefit the LGBTRC scholarship fund.

We hope that you’ll be able to support Andy, like he’ll be supported by his hose.

A. Plumley Candy Plumley

Call for Waves Articles

Interested in some free professional development? Do you want to want to improve your writing skills? Submit to the WAVES!!!

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Spring WAVES articles deadline: April 9, 2011
  • Pre-Conference WAVES articles deadline: June 10, 2011

If you need are interested and aren’t sure where to start OR if you have a great idea for an article but want someone else to write it, let me know at!

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