Monthly Archives: January 2017

Letter from the President- January

We have significant challenges and opportunities coming our way this semester as professionals!  My spring is consistently very busy, even without a US Presidential transition of power!  You’ll see a number of opportunities below to engage with others for professional encouragement and support, including offerings from our Equity and Diversity Awareness (EDA) Committee, WoW (Women of WACUHO), New Professionals, and Mid-Level Managers.  I hope you’ll take advantage of one or more of them, and invite campus colleagues to join you!

Also coming up is our 61st WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition (WACE) at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, April 2 – 5.  In this newsletter you’ll also see information regarding the annual conference – a call for programs and information on exhibits.  You’ll see the registration and hotel reservation information coming out very soon.  We have consistently been committed to highlighting “tracks” at the annual conference to support those who attend in choosing relevant sessions to support their work.  After last year’s strategic planning work on developing engagement opportunities for more of our student housing functional areas, we will be providing tracks for housing administrative staff on Monday, April 3 (applications, contracts, room assignments, billing, etc.), and a track for facility professionals on Tuesday, April 4.  Although we hope that participants will come for the entire conference, we know that some of our members are only able to get away for a day or so, and we hope this provides an opportunity to meaningfully connect with colleagues who can only attend for one or two days.  I hope you’ll share some of your wisdom, experience, and successes with us by submitting a program proposal for WACE.

The Executive Committee is meeting at UCSB January 30 – February 1 at The Club & Guest House that just opened.  Feel free to stop in to visit or listen in if you wish.  And, if you have questions or issues of concern for the Executive Committee, please send those to me so we may add them to our agenda at  And, speaking of the Executive Committee, I hope you’ll consider running for an officer position, or nominate someone who you think would serve us well.  You’ll see nomination and application information for WACUHO Executive Committee below.

Finally, you’ll see below that we are already calling for committee members for 2017-18 – please consider joining one or more committees next year.  We need your support and experience, and we know that you’ll find it to be an enriching experience to engage with other professionals in our region.

I hope that your quarter or semester has (or will) start well!

Cindy Derrico
WACUHO President

Consider Joining a Committee for 2017-18

Greeting WACUHO membership!

Now is the time to consider how you may want to support the work of WACUHO for the 2017-18 year. Whether you are new to committee membership, or a seasoned contributor to WACUHO’s work, please consider signing up for one or more committees. It is through the work of our dedicated committee members that our organization achieves its goals, and your willingness to give of your time and talents in support of WACUHO’s mission is so much appreciated!

Take a look at the list of committees below to see which ones may appeal to your interest. You can read descriptions of the committees and find the on-line sign up by visiting, and clicking on the “Committees” tab.

Operational Committees:
Awards & Recognition
Finance Advisory Board
Past Presidents (open to WACUHO past presidents only)
Strategic Planning (by invitation only)
Time and Place

WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition:
Corporate Partners

Central RAP
Island RAP
Northern RAP
Southern RAP
Pacific Management Institute

Affiliate Committees:
Religious and Spiritual Issues
Women of WACUHO
Equity and Diversity Awareness
New Professionals

There is also room to support your interest regarding topics not represented in the committee structure stated above. If you and a group of colleagues have a specific interest and a plan to contribute to the organization, please contact for further information.

WACUHO’s effectiveness as an Association depends on its membership’s participation in the voluntary committees. If you are willing to contribute your time and effort to one or more of the committees listed below, please indicate your preferences(s). List your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice if selecting more than one committee (note that typically, if you select more than one committee and all are open, you will likely be assigned to multiple committees; you may always decline once you receive your confirmation). Please also indicate if you are interested in chairing any of the committees. We will continue assigning committee requests as they are received. After you submit your form, you will receive a confirmation email from the Vice President generally within 2 weeks that will give you the opportunity to confirm your participation. Note that some committees have a cap on total membership, so please apply early to the committees that interest you.

WACUHO embraces the benefits that are derived from the inclusion of diversity in the Association. Members make significant contributions from all areas of higher education and at every level of responsibility. Various perspectives shared by our members, inclusive of ethnicity, age, gender, religious preference, sexual orientation, differing abilities, race, gender expression, socioeconomic status, or spirituality add a dynamic which enriches the membership and mission of the Association. WACUHO encourages all to actively participate in its programs, events and activities. WACUHO welcomes and values all perspectives and empowers all members to feel valued.

** Volunteer Conflict of Interest Statement/Form can be found at

Mid-Level Manager’s Committee Update

Greetings from the Mid-Level Manager’s Committee,

We hope that you had a great break and are enjoying a Happy New Year!  We are very excited about the work that the committee has planned and we would like to share a little bit with you.  During our committee meetings we have discussed providing information on several different topics including:  The importance of wellness, mentoring and mentorship, creating inclusive workplace environments, and deciding whether or not to continue your education.  It is our hope that by sharing our stories and the stories of others; you will find some inspiration, a little humor, and a few practical tools as we embark on this journey of leading from the middle.

We plan to do this through writing articles to be featured in WAVES, proposing program sessions geared toward Mid-Level managers at WACE, and also hosting monthly conversations with SHO’s!  We even discussed planning NorCal and SoCal socials so we can get to know our colleagues at neighboring institutions.  Hopes are big and our committee is small so…please consider joining us!  Always room for people and ideas.  Let us know if you would like to get involved.  If you’d like to join the committee this year, please email us at

Additionally, we are hoping to start a book read on the topics of wellness, balance, and motivation.  We welcome ideas!

Take care and remember that with great power co great responsibility!

Your Co-Chairs,

Christine Bender, Ed.D.
Associate Director of Residential Education
California State University, San Bernardino

Crystal D. Lay
Assistant Director of Residential Education
University of California-Berkeley

Central RAP

Hello Potential Central RAP attendees!

Save the Date:

  • Saturday, February 25th 2017 at California State University, Fresno
  • Theme: A Heart for Change


  • Priority Registration deadline 2/10/17
    • WACUHO Member: $25
    • Non-WACUHO Member: $30
  • Late Registration deadline 2/17/17
    • WACUHO Member: $30
    • Non-WACUHO Member: $35
  • Registration site and information will be up shortly, so keep an eye out for it on the Central RAP Website:

Call for Presentations:

  • Both Professional and Student presentation proposals are due by January 29th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Please visit the Central RAP website for details and the proposal form:

Student Keynote:

We hope to see you at Central RAP 2016-17!

NRAP 2017

Hello to my fellow northern region schools! After a great NRAP 2016, we are looking to secure a home for NRAP 2017!

Hosting is a great opportunity to highlight your institution and provides a great professional development opportunity for those on the host planning committee.

If you, or a member of your team, are remotely interested in hosting and/or have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at I can provide sample bids and give more information on what is required from a host institution.

Your Member-At-Large North,
Justin Vacca

Exhibitor and Corporate Partner Participation Opportunities!

Hello Members of the WACUHO family…

Do you have a vendor/company who provides great services or products to your home campus and would like to share this resource with other campuses in our region?  If so, please encourage your vendor/company to exhibit at our upcoming WACE conference in April 2017 and/or become a Corporate Partner of WACUHO.

Vendors/companies exhibiting with us at WACE 2017 will have the opportunity to meet and interact with well over 250 Housing professionals and share information about their products and services.  It is the premiere, one stop, and most effective way for vendors/companies to gain exposure to housing programs across California and Hawaii.  Please encourage any vendors/companies who are interested in exhibiting at WACE to email the Exhibits committee chairs at and the chairs will make sure to keep them appraisedof when the registration website for vendors/companies goes live in the coming weeks.

Vendors/companies who become WACUHO Corporate Partners gain valuable year-round exposure and connections to the WACUHO family.Vendors/companies who have become WACUHO Corporate Partners have expressed that doing so has greatly benefited their organizations. Depending on which of the four levels of membership is chosen, companies can have access to the WACUHO Membership Directory, 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 membership program.  Membership runs from January 1 – December 31 each year.  There are four levels of corporate partnership and each comes with specific fees ranging from Bronze ($500) through Platinum ($3,000).  Vendors or companies interested in becoming a Corporate Partner of WACUHO can check out our informative website at: and/or direct any questions to our Corporate Relations Committee chairs at  The sign up process for this year’s Corporate Partner program will be starting in the coming weeks.

Danny Mann and Philippe Cumia, co-chairs for the 2017 Corporate Relations committee
Mako Ushihara, chair for the 2017 WACE Exhibits Committee

WACE 2017- Call For Programs


The Call for Programs for WACE 2017 to be held April 2 -5 in Sacramento, CA is now open and will close on February 13th, 2017.  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. This year’s WACE theme is Cultivating Growth: Enhance, Engage, Include.  As you reflect on how you enhance, engage and include others in order to cultivate growth among our students, in our teams and how we do our work, please frame your program proposals around these highlights.

Another addition to WACE this year is a Poster Session. This opportunity will give attendees an opportunity to highlight research, institutional projects and programs that will be displayed throughout the conference. We will also provide a session where presenters will be available to discuss their posters.

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.   You might even consider partnering with colleagues at other institutions to do one session with two or three mini-presentations on a topic, program, or process.  This reduces the pressure on each presenter and allows the participants to walk away with good ideas from more than one campus.

We are planning to provide tracks for administrative staff (applications, contracts, room assignments, marketing, etc.) on Monday, and Facilities Staff on Tuesday.  Consider putting together a program that highlights a great program or process on your campus in one of these areas.

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 or poster proposal and for contributing to this year’s conference.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Katie Knoll, WACE Program Committee Chair and
The Annual Conference Program Committee Team

EDA Scholarships

Please submit a nomination/application for EDA Awards WACE Scholarships  Applications close February 17th

Description of Awards
We will solicit nominations and grant the following special recognition awards for diversity education and achievement at the Annual Conference and Exposition:

  1. One $650 “Outstanding Commitment to Diversity” WACE scholarship for a deserving individual
  • The $650 award shall be granted for the Annual Conference and Exposition and shall cover the cost of registration fees and assistance toward travel or hotel costs. The recipient shall cover expenses exceeding the award. The recipient of the award will be required to present a program on a diversity-related topic at the Annual Conference and Exposition.
  1. One $100 cash award for a deserving individual
  • The $100 cash award can be used in any of the three following ways: 1) donate the award to a diversity-related community or non-profit organization in the name of WACUHO and that individual; 2) apply the award to diversity-related resources or professional development; or 3) give the award directly to their home institution to be used toward that person’s professional development.
  • If the individual chooses options two or three, they must submit an article to the WACUHO Waveswithin one calendar year to describe how they used the cash portion and how it benefited them and/or their community.
  1. One $200 cash award for a deserving member institution
  • The $200 cash award can be used in either of the two following ways: 1) donate the award to a diversity-related community or non-profit organization in the name of WACUHO and that institution; 2) apply the award to diversity-related resources or development of staff.

If the deserving institution chooses option two, they must submit an article to the WACUHO Waves within one calendar year to describe how they used the cash portion and how it benefited them and/or their community.

Bruce Aquino, WACUHO Equity, Diversity & Awareness Chair (UC Irvine)

EDA Winter Webinar

WACUHO’s Equity, Diversity & Awareness committee is hosting an open webinar on Thursday, January 19th at 12PM entitled “EDA Winter Webinar: Processing and Moving Through 2017.”  This webinar will aim to provide an opportunity for our members to talk about their experiences around social justice and discussing strategies for moving forward. This will also be a pre-inauguration processing and support space for those who are looking to connect with other housing & residence life professionals and find support in community.

Please join us!  Sign up here to be emailed instructions on how to access the webinar:

Questions? Email:
Bruce Aquino, WACUHO Equity, Diversity & Awareness Chair (UC Irvine)

New Pros Committee Socials!

Central Social:

New Pro SocialSouthern Social:
The New Pros Committee is beyond excited to kick off this New Year with our first southern regional social.  We will be exploring two famous local museums in San Diego: Mingei International Museum ($10 admission) and San Diego History Center (free admission). Afterwards, we will finish the day by dining at The Prado At Balboa Park.

South Region Meet-up 2 (1)

Please email to RSVP by Wednesday 1/18/2017.