Monthly Archives: November 2015

New Pros Mentor/Mentee Program

The WACUHO New Professionals Committee is happy to announce the launching of this year’s Mentor/Mentee program. This Mentorship program through WACUHO is designed to connect graduate students and new professionals with current, experienced professionals in the field. Each new  professional (mentee) will be matched with a seasoned professional (mentor) before the WACUHO

Annual Conference and Exhibition (WACE) and will be encouraged to connect before and during the course of the conference. The deadline to sign up to be a mentor or a mentee is Monday, December 7, 2015.

For New Professionals: 
New professionals are graduate students or full-time employees who are still within the first three years  of their professional journey. If you are interested in expanding your network and meeting seasoned professionals throughout the WACUHO region sign up to be a Mentee! Mentees will be able to connect  every one to two months with their mentor as well as attend a meet and greet with all of the other Mentors and Mentees during the Annual Conference. This is a great opportunity to learn about other schools, practices, and experiences! To sign up to be a mentee just follow this link:

For Seasoned Professionals:
We are currently looking for seasoned WACUHO members that are interested in becoming mentors. It is our hope that the mentor and mentee will meet up at least once before and during the conference if not more. It will be up to the discretion of both the mentor and mentee if they wish to continue to communicate after the conference. The purpose of the program is to connect the mentee to resources and knowledge related to WACUHO/WACE, provide the mentee with networking opportunities during the conference, and support the mentee in learning more about working within Student Affairs. If you, or a seasoned professional you know, is interested in mentoring new professionals please forward them this information. To sign up to be a mentor just follow this link:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the New Professionals Committee at

Women of WACUHO Update

WoW is excited to be continuing some great work this year!

As a new initiative, this year the committee will be creating a monthly newsletter to highlight the work of women in our region, share articles and resources, and talk about professional development opportunities. This newsletter will augment the networking that is already occurring on the Women of WACUHO Facebook group ( and make the information available to those colleagues not on Facebook. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please sign-up here:

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming NorCal and SoCal drive-in conferences and Mentorship Program!

Get Involved! Join a Committee.

Looking for a way to get involved?  There’s still time for Committee Involvement!

Even though the year is nearly half over, WACUHO has a lot of committee activity occurring in the winter and spring where committee members are needed.  Two vital committees on which members are needed are:

Awards and Recognition:  This committee facilitates recognition and celebration of the accomplishments of association members.  Members of this committee will assist in soliciting applicants for such awards as the Charles L. Miller Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.  This committee also supports the recognition of the numerous association volunteers by providing for recognition items distributed at the Awards and Recognition Luncheon held on Monday at the annual conference.  (No travel required).

Nominations:  This committee facilitates the nomination process for the WACUHO Executive Committee, provides biographical information on all candidates to the Association, promotes the election prior to the conference, and administers the election of officers at the Annual conference.  Anyone who is interested in running for an Executive Committee office should not serve on the Nominations committee.  (No travel required).

Time and Place:  This committee facilitates the vetting and review process for determining our annual conference location which includes the solicitation and review of conference site bids.  We are presently working on a location for 2017 in the Northern Region and will also need a location in the Southern Region for 2018.  (Travel is not required but may be requested).


WACE 2016: Call for Programs

We wanted to let you know about an exciting change coming to the WACUHO Annual Conference and Exhibition (WACE) this year! Prior to the deadline for Early Bird Registration, it is our desire to have the full schedule of programs created and posted, so that you will be able to view our incredible slate of programs ahead of time.

The Call for Programs is now open and will close on January 19, 2016.  Follow this link to submit your proposal:

As always, it is our sincerest hope to garner program submissions from all areas of the profession of student housing: business services, facilities, and residential life. Our theme, Milestones: Past, Present, Future is meant to recognize not only our 60th anniversary as an association, but to celebrate where we have been, where we are now, and where we see WACUHO going in the future. Also incorporating the aspect of this being or diamond anniversary each programming session at WACE 2016 will focus one of the following ideas:


We encourage you to reach out to colleagues within other units in your department or at other universities who would be able to share their expertise, but may not have WACE on their radar, and encourage them to submit a program proposal.

If you are looking for direction, you might consider focusing on one of these topics, which have come from previous evaluations.  Remember, these are not meant to limit the topics of presentations, just to provide a jumping off point.  We look forward to seeing where your creativity and passion take you in drafting your program proposals.

  • Applications/Contracts/Assignments Issues
  • Assessment
  • Budget and Financial Management
  • Chief Housing Officer Programs
  • Collaboration
  • Construction, Campus Planning and Renovation
  • Customer Service
  • Facilities
  • Family and Graduate Student Housing
  • Housing Trends
  • Living Learning Communities and Themed Living Communities
  • Marketing Student Housing
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Mid-level Management
  • Navigating Campus Politics
  • Personal Development
  • Professional Development
  • Resident Leadership Development and Residence Hall Associations
  • Social Justice, Diversity, Multiculturalism
  • Staff Development, Supervision, and Engagement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Staff Selection and Training
  • Student Success and Retention
  • Technology
  • WACUHO History and Leadership

On behalf of the entire committee, we thank you in advance for submitting a program proposal and for contributing to this year’s conference.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Erin Boele, Jordan Richman
WACE Program Committee Chairs
and the Annual Conference Program Committee Team

What does it mean to be a Corporate Partner?

If you don’t know much about our Corporate Partner partnership and program, this article is for you….
Involvement as a WACUHO Corporate Partner gives companies valuable exposure and connection to approximately 70 WACUHO colleges and universities as well as over 900 WACUHO individual members.
Companies have expressed that becoming a WACUHO Corporate Partner has greatly benefited them. Depending on which of the four levels of membership they choose, companies can have access to the WACUHO Membership Directory (listing over 900 individual members), receive the official online Association newsletter (WAVES, what you are reading right now), and be recognized through select conference memorabilia, program booklets, and varied conference events.

The Corporate Partner program is a year-long corporate membership program.  Membership is calendar year based, and runs from January 1 – December 31.

There are four levels of corporate partnership and each comes with specific registration fees: Bronze ($500), Silver ($1000), Gold ($2000), and Platinum ($3000).

Here are some examples of benefits (Go to the WACE website and click on the “Corporate Partner Opportunities” for a complete listing of benefits):

All corporate partners:

  • Receive a $100 per booth discount for Exhibit booths at WACE.
  • Are invited to the Corporate Partner/Chief Housing Officer breakfast at WACE.
  • Are listed on our Association website.
  • May have representatives serve on WACUHO Committees.

At the Silver Level:

  • Receive a digital database of all conference attendees.
  • Are also listed in program booklets for student conferences which draw 350 – 500+ attendees from around the region.

Additionally, at the Gold Level:

  • Are recognized on memorabilia distributed at all WACUHO conferences, including WACE.
  • Are official supporters of one WACE event or other conference, recognized directly at that event or conference for their support.

Finally, added at the Platinum level:

  • Official supporters of two events or conferences
  • Recognition from the Association President at WACE.

Danny Mann & Robert Stephens
Co-Chairs:  Corporate Partners
WACUHO Annual Conference, 2016
April 10th-13th –Long Beach, California