Monthly Archives: May 2014

New Pro – New to the Region – Survey

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The New Professionals Committee is excited to announce a new initiative which is titled “New Professionals: New to the Region.” The main goal for this initiative is to help professionals who are new to the region build connections within WACUHO. Towards that end the committee has a survey that it would like anyone who has ever been new to the WACUHO region to take. The data generated from this will be used to figure out how to better transition professionals to WACUHO. If you have time now, please feel free to complete the survey which you will find at this link: http://bit.ly/1fU6hrd

2014 WACE Awards

As a community, we were able to celebrate the talent and commitment of a number of our members by awarding a number of honors at the 2014 WACE.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Lauren Weiner, a Resident Director at UC Santa Barbara earned our Volunteer of the Year Award. The chairs of the WACUHO Annual Programs Committee enthusiastically recognized and nominated Lauren Weiner for this year’s WACUHO Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Her nominators wrote:

While it is true that WACUHO is only as strong as its volunteers, the Programs Committee would be at a loss without the drive, organization, and foresight that Lauren possessed for her role. She has taken on the task of coordinating the program drive and review process for this year’s annual conference and has tackled this task with ingenuity and passion. Lauren has overcome every obstacle with grace and determination to ensure that the programs would not suffer. She has been a vital member of the committee and is most deserving of this recognition.

Lauren, we thank you again for your time and effort that contributed to the overwhelming success of the Programs Committee team for WACE 2014.

Jim “JB” Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award

Maggie Malagon, the Director of Housing Business Services at Santa Clara University is our 2014  Jim “JB” Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award honoree.

The Jim “JB” Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award honors an Association member who characterizes the ideals of partnership, teamwork and imagination, qualities that embody both the Organization and the award’s namesake, Jim “JB” Brock, 40th President of the Association (1996-1997). The Jim “JB” Brock Award winner is selected by the Executive Committee to recognize members whose significant contributions to the Association reflect JB’s legacy.

Our winner has been called a “one of a kind”.  Her nominator wrote, She is an adept situational leader working quietly and steadfastly to develop and champion policies of inclusion on her campus and in our organization. Her dedication and support of others has no bounds, whether it be providing job advice,  reframing difficult situations, or providing inspirational guidance.  This year’s recipient is always present. She is always forward thinking and positive.  She displays a humility and vulnerability that begets truth and sincerity.

She has served on the executive committee, participated in a slew of committees, facilitates programs…and continues to show up to learn from any of us who are lucky enough to spend time with her.  Maggie, our community thanks you.

Charles L. Miller Leadership Award

The 2014 Charles L. Miller Leadership Award was bestowed upon Suzanne Seplow the Executive Director, Office of Residential and Student Life at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Charles L. Miller Leadership Award is named in memory of Mr. Charles L. Miller, the 30th President of the Association. Throughout his career, Charles L. Miller, better known as “Charlie,” exemplified the highest level of dedication to our profession, provided outstanding leadership and role modeling for seasoned veterans and new professionals alike and was known for his tremendous sense of humor. The winner is selected by the Awards and Recognition committee and $250 donation is made to the ACUHO-I Foundation of Excellence in honor of the WACUHO Charles L. Miller Leadership Award winner.

This year’s winner of perhaps WACUHO’s highest honor, is a member of our organization that all of us should consider watching, learning from, and connecting with.

The award requires five letters of support.  By the deadline her nominator had eleven letters and more folks asking if they could submit one. She received letters from her current supervisor, past supervisor, employees, and colleagues.

As one nominator wrote, There are no pretenses with Suzanne. She treats everyone equally, and approaches every situation with zest and a healthy dose of fun. Which is exactly how Charlie was. Both epitomize what I value most about our association- involvement, leadership, family and fun.

This year, four new members or our organization: Andy Hanson, Darrien Rice, Justin Vacca, and Tanya Yancheson volunteer to help honor our leadership.  Each of them reviewed one of Suzanne’s nomination letters, identified qualities shared in the letter that spoke to their needs from a leader/mentor and then shared them with our community during the awards presentation. After the presentation, Suzanne agreed to have coaching/mentor phone conversations with these volunteers. This direct connection between emerging professionals and seasoned leaders is an example of inclusivity and respect Seplow shows in her daily work.

Suzanne, our community and your program continually benefit from your leadership. We honor you.

R.W. Gang Award Winner

On Behalf of the WACUHO Corporate Relations Committee, Congratulations to the 2014 R.W. Gang Award winner Stéphane Belisle of Foliot Furniture!

Each year our WACUHO Community provides special recognition to a Corporate Partner of WACUHO who has, through their dedication to our profession and WACUHO, made significant contributions to the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers. Stéphane’s commitment to WACUHO has been exceptional through his support of our great organization and dedication to providing outstanding service.

Please join me in congratulating Stéphane on this wonderful achievement.

Noah D. Kaloostian
2014 WACUHO Corporate Relations Committee Chair

SS WACE: Moving Forward Together – Program Awards

The Annual Conference Programs Committee is proud to recognize the winners of our Annual Conference Program Awards:

Top 5 Best Programs of the Conference (in no particular order):

The Ultimate in Proactive Customer Service: Preventing Maintenance Failures Before they Occur

Presented by: Rodger Whitney, Executive Director/CHO, R&DE Student Housing, Stanford University; Mark McBirney, Associate Director for Housing Maintenance and Building Security, Stanford University; and Vincenzo Barrese, Strategic Business Operations Manager, Stanford University

Is Design/Build the Right Choice for your Construction Project?

Presented by: Tim Trevan, Director of Student Housing, California State University, Northridge; Susan O’Connell, Principal Architect at AC Martin; and Brett Curry, Vice President of Operations at CW Driver.

Flourish—What We Need to Thrive

Presented by: Lisa Slavid, Coordinator of Organizational and Performance Management, UCSB

Practices in Navigating Service and Emotional Support Animals in University Housing

Presented by: Mayra Alcala, Complex Coordinator, UCSB and Marta Bowron, Assistant Complex Coordinator, UCSB

ADDRESSING Students of Color on Oppression Reduction

Presented by: Franklin Ellis, Coordinator of Residential Student Success and Leadership, California State University, Northridge

ACUHO-I Best of the West/My Favorite Student Award

So You Think You’re an Introvert (or You Work with One)? Navigating Student Affairs as an Introvert

Presented by: Romando Nash, Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Executive Director Residential Education, University of Southern California; Emily Sandoval, Assistant Director, East Area, University of Southern California; and Gabriel Loredo, Residence Hall Coordinator, San Diego State University

Romando, Emily and Gabriel received $2,000 to attend the ACUHO-I conference to present their program as the best of our region. Congratulations!

We would also like to take this time to, once again, acknowledge the extraordinary time, effort, energy, and commitment of all of our sub-committee chairs and committee members. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better group of people with which to work.

Lastly, we just wanted to say that this committee work is very rewarding. You should check out all of the opportunities to be involved with WACUHO!

Respectfully
Jacques Zalma and Melissa Giles Martin, Your 2014 Annual Conference Program Chairs

Support Services – Closing Tips!

Thank you for attending the Support Services Roundtable at WACHUO. We shared lots of great information and look forward to a dynamic ending to the academic the year!

Speaking of the end of the year…Does anyone completely close anymore? Here at UCR we are currently working on end of year closeout, gearing up for summer session as well as a full conference season all within a one week span. Here are some useful tips for keeping on schedule and sane:

  1. Audit your move out materials
  2. Edit resident move out resources
  3. Meetings, meetings, meetings… make sure your channels of communication are open
  4. Create a master calendar with important dates such as move-outs, conference check-ins, summer session dates, etc.
  5. Remember to plan a celebration of another successful year!

WACE 2014 Wrap-Up

Another year, another incredible WACE!  This year’s conference, S. S. WACE:  Moving Forward Together, achieved all of the goals set out by the conference committees – increased attendance a higher number of program submissions (and subsequent program offerings), increased vendor and Corporate Partner interaction, and a relaxing and rejuvenating experience for all, to name a few.  Highlights from this year’s conference include:

  • 300 registered attendees, including 19 past WACUHO Presidents!
  • 49 program offerings, that covered business services, facility services, and residential life, as well as the 4th Annual Exhibitors in the Round, New Professionals Case Study, and WACUHO Committee Chair Orientation.
  • 45 exhibitor booths, with 75 exhibitors and Corporate Partners attending and participating.  The Vendor Lunch allowed exhibitors to connect one-on-one with the membership at a sit-down meal.
  • 3 engaging and insightful keynote speakers: Dr. John Tymitz, Lee Mun Wah, and Terri Bump.
  • The annual WACE 5K was held on the beach!  Running on the sand definitely makes it more of a 10K, right?!
  • The Women of WACUHO (WoW) debuted as a new and exciting committee!

We hope that you returned to your campuses with new ideas, connections, and a renewed sense of purpose for the incredible work we do.  If you have not done so yet, please complete an evaluation of your full conference experience – which can be done through your downloaded WACE 2014 Guidebook, or via this link: http://tinyurl.com/k4fre8a.  

Thank you again to all who worked tirelessly to make this an incredibly successful WACE, as well as all our members and exhibitors who took part in this amazing experience.  We are already dreaming about WACE 2015 in Monterey!

Chrissy, Claire, and Liz
2014 WACE Tri-Chairs