Category Archives: Announcements

Website Cha-cha-changes!

If you’ve been to the WACUHO website recently (and if you haven’t, for shame!), you might have noticed quite a few changes.

In the last few months we’ve gotten a new, streamlined appearance and a fancy graphic header. But the aesthetic changes are only the very beginning. The executive committee has been hard at work discussing ways in which to better engage the membership through our online tools. In order to do this we have reorganized how the site actually functions.

There is a LOT more information at your fingertips that is much more easily accessible than it ever has been, and other functions have been streamlined.

Things you’ll want to note are:

  • JobSurf: The JobSurf site has been cleaned up. Now, instead of emailing a link or an attached job description to the Tech Coordinators, all you have to do in order to post a job is submit the required information on the JobSurf Form. The form can be found here. You’ll also notice that the pull down tab has been cleaned up, hopefully helping you to better access the jobs that have been posted.
  • Committee Information: With the temporary reorganization of our committee structure, we have also changed how we communicate information from those committees. If you go to the Committee tab on the website, you’ll see that each group now has its own page (a mini website, if you will) where they can communicate with the membership at large about initiatives, events and resources they think are beneficial for everyone. It’s also a much easier way to find the contact information for each group if you’d like to know more. The Women of WACUHO is a great example of what we hope to see from all committees in the future.
  • Strategic Plan: As we begin to roll out more information regarding the strategic plan for the organization, you’ll be able to find the most up-to-date information regarding this on our website where we will post as much information as possible as well as ways for you to give your feedback and ask questions of those spearheading the initiative. You’ll be able to find more information about the Strategic Plan by checking out this site.
  • Corporate Partners: There is now much more detailed information about what it means to be a corporate sponsor of the organization as well as the benefits of doing so. Check it out and spread the word to those who might consider sponsoring WACUHO.

We encourage you to browse through the website to see the new information that has been posted (scholarships, organizational history and resources, etc.). Through this reorganization, we hope to begin to better communicate with the membership of the organization, and encourage you all to be involved as we move through the strategic planning process.

Any information, feedback, questions or suggestions you have for the website and how it’s managed are more than welcome. If you have any feedback, please send it to Matt Lewis at

WACE Updates and Highlights


The WACUHO Annual Conference and Exhibition is coming up soon! The WACE committee chairs have been hard at work putting together an outstanding conference experience for you, and we look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Monterey California for WACE 2015, “Mindfulness in Monterey: Must be Present to Win”

Hosted by U.C. Santa Cruz at the Monterey Marriott, and Monterey Conference Center in the heart of historic Monterey, just steps from the breathtaking Big Sur coastline, the conference will provide opportunities for professional development, sharing of best practices, and time to connect or re-connect with colleagues and exhibitors.

Just a few of the highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • New Professionals & First Time Attendees Welcome Reception – start the conference off right, meeting new colleagues and welcoming new members.
  • The WACUHO Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee is sponsoring a series of roundtable discussions on diversity-related topics during Tuesday afternoon’s Session 8.
  • Nine program sessions featuring dozens of programs with options for attendees at all levels, that cover many areas within student housing:  facilities, administrative services, residential life, and conference services.
  • Outdoor morning wellness sessions with a view of the Pacific Ocean, including the annual 5K fun run along Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay!
  • Nearly 50 exhibitors and corporate partners to connect with via the Exhibition hall, Vendor lunch, and during the 5th annual ‘Exhibitors in the Round’ sessions.
  • The 59th annual Business Meeting – this year there are no program sessions during the meeting, and all are encouraged to attend.
  • The Association is debuting a new program format called the mini-session on Tuesday during Sessions 6 and 7.  After spending the first part of the morning in the Exhibits Hall, conferees will have the option of attending two 30-minute sessions that are intended to give presenters and participants an opportunity to exchange knowledge and insights in a compact framework.  Borrowing from the success of TED talks all over the country, this new format will add a valuable new dimension to the conference.

The early registration deadline is February 20, 2014, make sure to register and make hotel reservations soon!  The Monterey Marriot is a beautiful facility, and due to the popularity and location, the hotel is expecting to sell out during the conference – making reservations early is recommended.

For additional information and to register for the conference please visit the WACE website:

See you in Monterey March 29-April 1, 2015!

[1] Dr. Crum’s research focuses on how changes in subjective mindsets—the lenses through which information is perceived, organized, and interpreted—can alter objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms.  Her work is, in part, inspired by research on the placebo effect, a robust demonstration of the ability of the mindset to elicit healing properties in the body.  She is interested in understanding how mindsets affect important outcomes outside the realm of medicine, in the domains such as exercise, diet and stress.  More specifically, Dr. Crum aims to understand how mindsets can be consciously and deliberately changed through intervention to affect organizational and individual performance, physiological and psychological well-being, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Women Of WACUHO (WoW) Announcements

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Looking for a way to connect with other women in the region? Look no further. The Women of WACUHO Committee is happy to announce the launch of the Mentoring Program. Please visit the link below and complete the form, we will take care of the rest.

WoW committee members are also working to bring you additional resources. Keep an eye out for the Professional Development and Diversity Clearinghouse page on the WACUHO web site.

The WoW Northern Drive-in will be held at Santa Clara University on Friday, February 27th. Registration is now open. Teri Bump, Vice President of University Relations & Student Affairs for American Campus Communities will our keynote speaker. Follow the link below and register today!



WoW is honored to be present its first Outstanding Woman of WACUHO Award! The purpose of this award is to give recognition to an individual member of the Association who supports the advancement, development, and mentorship of women. The recipient will be selected based upon personal demonstration of what the applicant has contributed to the promotion of women in the Association. Aside from this special recognition, the award recipient will receive a $650 scholarship for WACE 2015 (in form of a reimbursement to cover registration, travel and/lodging). Please refer to our Nomination form for more details.

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

Submit Articles for WAVES

If you would like to submit an article for WAVES that you feel would benefit all of WACUHO all you need to do is email your submission and we will work to get it in the next WAVES!

If you just had a successful program and want to share we would love to share it in WAVES! Did you just create a new business procedure that you think others would like to know about share it with us!

If you have any questions or comments about WAVES please email them to

RAPs – Save The Dates

RAP season is just around the corner and the committees are working hard to get them ready.

Here are the dates and locations of the RAPs this year:

Northern RAP – Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Sonoma State University
Central RAP – Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Occidental College
Southern RAP – Saturday, February 7, 2015 California State University, Fullerton

Stay tuned for more information.


LAST CHANCE TO JOIN A COMMITTEE (kidding, we’re WACUHO – you’re always welcome!)

  1. Learn about WACUHO committees here:
  2. Sign up here: HERE
  3. E-mail: with questions about specific committees.


  1. Learn about your WACUHO committee here:
  2. Connect with other members of the committee and your chair!


  1. Tell your chair and we’ll work on taking you off.
  2. Be ready for me to follow-up and see if you’re interested in a different committee.

Membership Drive Update

Greetings from your association treasurer!  In the coming week, and no later than September 12th, I will be sending an email to your Chief Housing Officer (CHO) encouraging them to renew your organization’s institutional WACUHO membership via our RegOnLine utility/program.

The institutional membership fees that are collected each year from campuses in our region help to offset the operating costs and support both one-time and on-going Association programmatic needs.  If you, your colleagues, or your para-professional staff have benefited from participating in any WACUHO related event, program, service, or committee work, please reach out to your CHO and encourage her/him to renew your organization’s membership with WACUHO to allow your campus’s continued participation in WACUHO during the coming year.

If you know of any institutions that are not members of WACUHO but feel would benefit from becoming a part of our association, or you know of a campus that recently let their membership lapse for one reason or another, please feel free to contact me with this information.  We will make it a point to reach out and hopefully start and/or revitalize a campus’s membership.  I can be reached at

Hope that opening activities went smoothly for those of you on semester campuses and will go well for colleagues at quarter schools which will be opening in the coming weeks!

Mako Ushihara
Santa Clara University
WACUHO Treasurer 2014-2016