Monthly Archives: October 2014

PACURH 2014 – Cal Poly Pomona

Here at Cal Poly Pomona, we’re making final preparations for PACURH 2014. Our student leaders have spent the past year planning this conference, and they are thrilled to finally be able to welcome all delegates to campus. From November 14th-16th, student leaders from Alaska, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington will travel to Pomona for a weekend of programming, boardroom, and networking. As the conference co-advisors, we could not be prouder of how hard the Team has worked in making their vision a reality. Since the first day of bid-writing, our students have grown both personally and professionally. The entire CPP University Housing Services staff will be on hand to lend support in any way we can. We sincerely thank WACUHO for its tireless support of our student leaders. We hope to see you at PACURH!

Froggie Love, 

Jenny Guerra
Scott Hoffman
PACURH 2014 Conference Co-Advisors

2016 WACE Conference Bids

The Time and Place Committee is currently processing the 2016 WACE Conference Bids.  The deadline to submit your bid for WACE 2016 is Friday, October 10, 2014.  Also, we are seeking a host site for 2017 from the Northern or Central regions of California.  If your member institution is interested in hosting or co-hosting, please contact the Time and Place Committee at The deadline to submit your bid is December 5, 2014.  Also, please feel free to contact us with any questions or for additional information. Our committee members are:

Samuel Jones California State University, Sacramento Co-Chair
Calee Spinney University of the Pacific Member
Josh O’Connor UCLA Member
Jessie Guilliot Stanford Member
Maria Lazaro UC Merced Member

California is in a water crisis! – WACUHO Sustainability Committee

California is in a water crisis! Sustainability has been on everyone’s mind (or it should be). So what does sustainability mean at a university? Each of our campus’s missions is to educate the leaders of tomorrow and generate thoughts, leadership and research. Through undergraduate and graduate programs, we are giving students the knowledge and training they will need to face these critical issues in their fields. And we have to keep sustainability in mind!

As Residential Life and Housing departments, the WACUHO Sustainability Committee asks you: what is your department doing to educate your students around sustainability ? Water conservation? Sustainable purchasing? Waste management (trash, recycle, compost)? Transportation Alternatives, a student’s individual carbon footprint?

We have an amazing opportunity to education and impact our students around these sustainable practices.  We can make a major impact on our environment if each one of our live-in students makes a small sustainable change that they will practice for the reminder of their life

So… what is your campus doing?

The WACUHO Sustainability Committee is looking for members, so join us!   The WACUHO Sustainability Committee is also looking to create a master list of campaigns that we can share on each other campuses! If you are interested please feel free to contact us,

Josh O’Connor                                       Kristin Delo
UCLA                                                      UC Berkeley                 


Mentor Chat

Mentor Chat is a  Professional Development opportunity for Managers in the WACUHO region.

Call in and here from mentors in our profession. Ask questions, make connections and spend an hour with colleagues who understand what it is like to be in the middle.

Call 1-805-360-1000 and enter code 448986#

Fall dates will be at 9am on:

Fall Semester:
October 23rd – Skills – Human Resources – Ramona Hernandez
November 6th – Skills – Fiscal Resources and Control – Budgeting – Tom Ellett 
November 20th – TBD
December 4th  – Skills –Maggie Malagon (Occupancy basics)
December 18th – Open roundtable

Want more information or to see resources from current and previous Mentor Chats Check out our Web Page.

Letter From the President – October

Hello WACUHO Members,

Oops we did it again, open our communities to new and returning members, I mean. As we look back at preparations for opening, one of the important aspects to the success of housing and residence life programs is our reliance on paraprofessionals to help us support our students.  Among these student workers and volunteers are: office and desk assistants, facilities support workers, orientation leaders, dining employees, conference services assistants, resident or community advisors, and residence hall association officers (and others, I’m sure).

How many of us held one of more of these positions?  I bet a lot of us. It is clear that the leadership opportunities and mentoring we provide for our paraprofessionals contributes significantly to their success as scholars and future leaders.  In fact, many of our finest aspire to enter student affairs.

This month is the annual Careers in Student Affairs month sponsored by our sister organization the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). In addition to the local training and mentoring of our paraprofessional teams there are national and regional opportunities open to the talent who will succeed us.

WACUHO’s major contributions in the region include our RAPs and participation in PACURH. WACUHO also supports NASPA’s Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day to be held at Azusa Pacific University on October 25, 2014. I would encourage you to consider participation, by sending aspiring students and new professionals. Here is the link to their program.

NASPA also has a number of free and low cost development opportunities this month.  Check them out at here.

It will be easier for all of us to dream of our retirement: feet up, cool refreshing beverage, and maybe a novel (or binge tv watching) if we help the next generation get a strong start. Let’s continue providing the necessary scaffolding to promote student success at our institutions.  Happy October!