Monthly Archives: December 2015

Strategic Planning Update

It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work! We need your help!

The Strategic Planning task force has been hard at work moving the approved strategic plan forward.  Passing our strategic plan was only the first step in a longer process.  We need to keep the momentum going by asking for your help and input.

The Executive committee is working in the following areas of the strategic plan:

  • Improving communication by investigating communication platforms for effectiveness for both information sharing and dialogue
  • Creating processes to begin digitizing our videos, pictures, and historical documents
  • Investigating our current membership structure and fee system to assess whether it reflects our long-term financial goals and values of the organization
  • Assessing the needs and interests of under-represented function areas of the association (facilities, administrative, summer conferences, marketing, etc)
  • Developing a cycle of involvement for our organization

The strategic planning task force is just about to engage in a 12-18 month journey to explore, investigate and make final recommendations to the executive committee in the following areas:

  • Centralized Office
  • Committee Structure
  • Assessment plan
  • Recognition plan

In order to do this, we are creating four different workgroups to address these areas.  We need people who are interested in the four topics above to join these workgroups to discuss and engage and move our organization forward.  We need diverse experience levels (new professionals, mid-level managers, CHOs) and, more importantly, we need diverse functional perspectives (facilities, summer conferences, res life, marketing, etc) to be a part of these teams if they are going to be successful.

If any of the above items interest you, or if you have any questions, please contact Tyler Miller ( to be considered for joining one of these four teams.  If you know someone on your campus who might be helpful in this process, encourage them to join us.

Mid-Level Manager’s Network

We are excited to announce a new name for the Pacific Management Institute committee.  We are now  the Mid-Level Manager’s Network! Who are we?  We are a group of mid-level managers who support, encourage, and challenge one another to grow and develop professionally.  We do a lot of free development activities, including our “MentorChat” series where we ask Chief Housing Officers and Senior Student Affairs Officers to share wisdom and knowledge with us on a monthly basis.

How do you know if you are a “Mid-Level Manager?”  Well, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do You Supervise Full-Time Professionals?
  • Do you have more than 5 years of experience in our field?
  • Do you aspire to be a Chief Housing Officer?

If you answered “yes” to ANY of the questions above, this network is for you.  Again, if you answer yes to just one of the questions above, this network is for you!

Make sure you join us at this year’s WACE where we will feature a tract of program sessions for Mid-Level Managers.   We are planning to bring back our CHO panel, will do a session on the ACUHO-I body of knowledge, and our mid-level manager’s roundtable. If you have ideas for topics you’d like us to cover, let us know!

Women of WACUHO December Update

Your Mentorship subcommittee is busy working on various opportunities for you to stay connected to the fabulous women in the region. Be on the lookout for the following:

* Mentor/Mentee Match-Ups – Looking for a way to connect with a potential mentor? Not quite sure which direction you need to take in your career development journey? Would you like to give back to the profession by mentoring outstanding women in the field? Be sure to submit the Mentor/Mentee Match-Up form. Additional information and tips are available on the WoW webpage, found on the WACUHO Web site.

* Professional Development Resources – Not quite sure which conferences to attended? Looking for a list of possible professional development opportunities? Be sure to check out the Professional Development Resources page on the WoW webpage beginning in early January. The page is currently under construction. Your patience is appreciated!

* WACE Programs – Are you excited for the WACUHO Annual Conference & Exposition in beautiful Long Beach?! We certainly are! Your WoW Mentorship subcommittee is working on a few programs for WACE 2016, including the WoW Mentor/Mentee Breakfast and advertising your program as a WoW program.

Do you have a great idea for a program which is focused on women’s issues/leadership? Once your program is accepted, WoW would love to support you!  Consider being part of the WoW “track” at WACE. The due date for program proposals is January 19. Once you are accepted, please reach out to Rexanne Bowman (, Christine Bender ( or Michele Y Lee ( to make sure WoW is aware of your program.

The Networking subcommittee will be releasing their first monthly newsletter soon! Don’t forget to sign up for it here: If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please sign-up here:

Drive in Conferences-SAVE THE DATE!

WoW Socal Drive in: Save the date for Friday, 2/5/16! WoW will be having its second annual drive in conference. We had a great time last year, and are hoping to continue that momentum with the theme #likeagirl! The conference will take place at UC Riverside.

WoW Norcal Drive in: Save the date for Friday, 2/12/16! WoW will be having its second annual drive in conference. We had a great time last year, and are hoping to continue that momentum with the theme Empowerment Through Community! The conference will take place at UC Berkeley.

We look forward to connecting with you!

-Your 2015-2016 Tri-Chairs (Lynda, Maggie, and Melissa)