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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

The Awards and Recognition Committee would like to congratulate the following recipients of the various WACUHO Awards presented at WACE this year:

  • The Charles L. Miller Leadership & Service Award:  Tim Trevan, CSU Northridge
  • The Jim “JB” Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award: Tyler Miller, Fresno State
  • WACUHO Volunteer of the Year Award: Britney Summerville, CSU Channel Islands
  • New Professionals WACE Conference Award: Jocelyn Bravo, Cal Poly Pomona and Kathryn Johnson, USC
  • New Professionals ACUHO-I Conference Award: Shirori Silver, Sacramento State
  • Women of WACUHO Conference Award: Emily Sandoval, USC
  • John Yarborough / My Favorite Student, Best of the West Programming Award: Maria Lazaro, UC Merced and Norma Salcedo, Cal Poly Pomona: “Supporting Undocumented Students Outside of the Classroom”

For more information about these and other WACUHO Awards, please refer to the WACUHO Leadership Manual.

EDA Awards – Application Deadline Extended to March 11th

Application Deadline Extended to March 11th

The WACUHO Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee is pleased to be able to once again provide annual awards at the WACUHO Conference. Please find the selection criteria and application requirements below.

Download the EDA Awards Application here

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” scholarship for a deserving individual
    1. 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.
  2. One $100 cash award for a deserving individual
    1. 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.
      1. If the individual chooses options two or three, 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.
    2. One $200 cash award for a deserving member institution
      1. 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.
        1. 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.

Criteria

Institutional Award Criteria

Evaluation based on originality, creativity, quality, impact, and results. An individual department or a combination of departments working with a Housing organization is eligible. Must include:

  • Diversity in staff
  • Uniqueness of outreach efforts
  • Innovative approaches to recruitment and retention of under-represented staff
  • Effective use of creative resources

Individual Award Criteria

Evaluation based on originality, creativity, quality, impact, and results. Must include:

  • Uniqueness in outreach and recruitment efforts of professional and paraprofessional staff
  • Development of innovative programs (such as in training, classes, staff development)
  • Presentation of creative educational programs, e.g., cultural awareness, issues of diversity, women’s issues, special interest/theme halls
  • Unique research efforts in the area of diversity

Application Requirements:

Individual Awards

  1. A maximum of three typewritten, double-spaced pages which respond to the following:
    1. Address the selection criteria by describing how you have gone above and beyond in your current or previous position to further the ideals of diversity at your institution and in your community.
    2. Discuss how you plan to continue to integrate the theme of diversity in your future professional goals.
    3. Describe what you hope to gain from the conference and how you will incorporate what you have learned at the conference to improve diversity in the field of student affairs and the WACUHO organization.
  2. A copy of your current resume.
  3. A copy of the program proposal form you filled out for the Annual Conference and Exposition, including the program description, goals, and abstract.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor (preferably your current supervisor) addressing the selection criteria, including impact and results.

Please Note: Due to privacy and confidentiality laws, supporting material may not include performance evaluations or letters which are a part of the academic and staff review process

Institutional Award

  1. A maximum of three typewritten, double-spaced pages which respond to the following:
    1. Address the selection criteria by describing how your department has gone above and beyond to further the ideals of diversity at your institution and in your community.
    2. Discuss how your department plans to continue to integrate the theme of diversity in its future goals.
    3. Describe how you plan to use the award if you are selected as the recipient institution.

New Professional Conference Awards

Need funding to attend the 59th WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition (WACE) or the ACUHO-i Conference and Exposition (ACE)? WACUHO can help! Three awards are available from the WACUHO New Professionals Committee. 

New Professionals Annual Conference Award

Two awards are available for the Annual Conference, which will take place at Monterey Marriott, March 29 – April 1, 2015.  Each award totals $650 to assist with the cost of conference registration, travel and lodging. The award will be received in the form of reimbursement.  You can find the application along with more information here (http://tinyurl.com/pea76yn).

New Professionals ACUHO-I Annual Conference Award

There is one award available for the Annual Conference, which takes place in Orlando, FL, June 27 – June 30, 2015.  The award totals $1000 to assist with the cost of conference registration, travel and lodging. The award will be received in the form of reimbursement.  You can find the application along with more information here (http://tinyurl.com/oogpzdu).

Important Dates

To be considered, completed applications and supporting criteria must be received no later than 5pm on Monday, February 23, 2015.  All applicants will be notified via email of their status by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 6, 2015.

Good luck!

Jason M. Lu and Jen Novotny
New Professionals Co-chairs

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.

http://wacuho.org/committees/wow/mentorship/match-ups/

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!

https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1659672

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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.

R.W. Gang Award 2015

The Corporate Relations Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 R.W. Gang Award. 

R.W. Gang Award The R.W. Gang Award is named in memory of Mr. R.W. Gang the 12th President of the Association. RW served CACUHO and WACUHO faithfully through the years as a university housing staff member involved in several aspects of the organization. Later in life, R.W. continued his relationship with the organization as a vendor and corporate friend. It is for R.W.’s enthusiasm, humor, love for his colleagues and dedication to Housing that an award is honored in his name. A $250 donation is made every year to the ACUHO-I Foundation of Excellence in honor of the WACUHO RW Gang Award winner.

Please submit your nomination forms to Noah Kaloostian, nkaloostian@orl.ucla.edu. The deadline for all nominations to be submitted is Monday, February 23, 2015. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Charles L. Miller Nominations 2015

Each year our WACUHO Community recognizes a current member of the association who has made significant contributions to the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers over time through their dedicated service and outstanding leadership by bestowing upon them the Charles L. Miller Leadership and Service Award.

As a self-directed community it is incumbent on our membership to nominate colleagues who are deserving of this valuable award through their long-term and consistent leadership and service to our association.

I invite you to submit nominations for consideration. Please submit a completed nomination application and supporting documents as attached to James C. Smith, Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee by Monday, February 23, 2015 at james.smith@ucr.edu.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at the e-mail address above or call 951.827.7551

Nomination Application can be found – http://wacuho.org/newsletter/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2015/01/Charles-L-Miller-Nominations-2015.docx

I thank you for your consideration and look forward to the nominations,

James C. Smith
President Elect and
Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee
Western Association of College and University Housing Officers

Awards & Recognition Committee

Greetings WACUHO,

We know the academic year is just starting or about to start for some of you.  As you think ahead, the Awards & Recognition Committee would like to remind folks of the numerous ways you can honor your colleagues.  Each year, WACUHO offers a number of ways to honor everyone including CHOs, New Professionals and our Corporate Partners.   In the coming months, watch for emails that may come out calling for nominations for one or more of these awards.  In the meantime, feel free to look at the WACUHO Leadership Manual Awards Section to begin planning ahead.  Best of luck with openings!

2014 WACE Awards

As a community, we were able to celebrate the talent and commitment of a number of our members by awarding a number of honors at the 2014 WACE.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Lauren Weiner, a Resident Director at UC Santa Barbara earned our Volunteer of the Year Award. The chairs of the WACUHO Annual Programs Committee enthusiastically recognized and nominated Lauren Weiner for this year’s WACUHO Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Her nominators wrote:

While it is true that WACUHO is only as strong as its volunteers, the Programs Committee would be at a loss without the drive, organization, and foresight that Lauren possessed for her role. She has taken on the task of coordinating the program drive and review process for this year’s annual conference and has tackled this task with ingenuity and passion. Lauren has overcome every obstacle with grace and determination to ensure that the programs would not suffer. She has been a vital member of the committee and is most deserving of this recognition.

Lauren, we thank you again for your time and effort that contributed to the overwhelming success of the Programs Committee team for WACE 2014.

Jim “JB” Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award

Maggie Malagon, the Director of Housing Business Services at Santa Clara University is our 2014  Jim “JB” Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award honoree.

The Jim “JB” Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award honors an Association member who characterizes the ideals of partnership, teamwork and imagination, qualities that embody both the Organization and the award’s namesake, Jim “JB” Brock, 40th President of the Association (1996-1997). The Jim “JB” Brock Award winner is selected by the Executive Committee to recognize members whose significant contributions to the Association reflect JB’s legacy.

Our winner has been called a “one of a kind”.  Her nominator wrote, She is an adept situational leader working quietly and steadfastly to develop and champion policies of inclusion on her campus and in our organization. Her dedication and support of others has no bounds, whether it be providing job advice,  reframing difficult situations, or providing inspirational guidance.  This year’s recipient is always present. She is always forward thinking and positive.  She displays a humility and vulnerability that begets truth and sincerity.

She has served on the executive committee, participated in a slew of committees, facilitates programs…and continues to show up to learn from any of us who are lucky enough to spend time with her.  Maggie, our community thanks you.

Charles L. Miller Leadership Award

The 2014 Charles L. Miller Leadership Award was bestowed upon Suzanne Seplow the Executive Director, Office of Residential and Student Life at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Charles L. Miller Leadership Award is named in memory of Mr. Charles L. Miller, the 30th President of the Association. Throughout his career, Charles L. Miller, better known as “Charlie,” exemplified the highest level of dedication to our profession, provided outstanding leadership and role modeling for seasoned veterans and new professionals alike and was known for his tremendous sense of humor. The winner is selected by the Awards and Recognition committee and $250 donation is made to the ACUHO-I Foundation of Excellence in honor of the WACUHO Charles L. Miller Leadership Award winner.

This year’s winner of perhaps WACUHO’s highest honor, is a member of our organization that all of us should consider watching, learning from, and connecting with.

The award requires five letters of support.  By the deadline her nominator had eleven letters and more folks asking if they could submit one. She received letters from her current supervisor, past supervisor, employees, and colleagues.

As one nominator wrote, There are no pretenses with Suzanne. She treats everyone equally, and approaches every situation with zest and a healthy dose of fun. Which is exactly how Charlie was. Both epitomize what I value most about our association- involvement, leadership, family and fun.

This year, four new members or our organization: Andy Hanson, Darrien Rice, Justin Vacca, and Tanya Yancheson volunteer to help honor our leadership.  Each of them reviewed one of Suzanne’s nomination letters, identified qualities shared in the letter that spoke to their needs from a leader/mentor and then shared them with our community during the awards presentation. After the presentation, Suzanne agreed to have coaching/mentor phone conversations with these volunteers. This direct connection between emerging professionals and seasoned leaders is an example of inclusivity and respect Seplow shows in her daily work.

Suzanne, our community and your program continually benefit from your leadership. We honor you.

R.W. Gang Award Winner

On Behalf of the WACUHO Corporate Relations Committee, Congratulations to the 2014 R.W. Gang Award winner Stéphane Belisle of Foliot Furniture!

Each year our WACUHO Community provides special recognition to a Corporate Partner of WACUHO who has, through their dedication to our profession and WACUHO, made significant contributions to the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers. Stéphane’s commitment to WACUHO has been exceptional through his support of our great organization and dedication to providing outstanding service.

Please join me in congratulating Stéphane on this wonderful achievement.

Noah D. Kaloostian
2014 WACUHO Corporate Relations Committee Chair

SS WACE: Moving Forward Together – Program Awards

The Annual Conference Programs Committee is proud to recognize the winners of our Annual Conference Program Awards:

Top 5 Best Programs of the Conference (in no particular order):

The Ultimate in Proactive Customer Service: Preventing Maintenance Failures Before they Occur

Presented by: Rodger Whitney, Executive Director/CHO, R&DE Student Housing, Stanford University; Mark McBirney, Associate Director for Housing Maintenance and Building Security, Stanford University; and Vincenzo Barrese, Strategic Business Operations Manager, Stanford University

Is Design/Build the Right Choice for your Construction Project?

Presented by: Tim Trevan, Director of Student Housing, California State University, Northridge; Susan O’Connell, Principal Architect at AC Martin; and Brett Curry, Vice President of Operations at CW Driver.

Flourish—What We Need to Thrive

Presented by: Lisa Slavid, Coordinator of Organizational and Performance Management, UCSB

Practices in Navigating Service and Emotional Support Animals in University Housing

Presented by: Mayra Alcala, Complex Coordinator, UCSB and Marta Bowron, Assistant Complex Coordinator, UCSB

ADDRESSING Students of Color on Oppression Reduction

Presented by: Franklin Ellis, Coordinator of Residential Student Success and Leadership, California State University, Northridge

ACUHO-I Best of the West/My Favorite Student Award

So You Think You’re an Introvert (or You Work with One)? Navigating Student Affairs as an Introvert

Presented by: Romando Nash, Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Executive Director Residential Education, University of Southern California; Emily Sandoval, Assistant Director, East Area, University of Southern California; and Gabriel Loredo, Residence Hall Coordinator, San Diego State University

Romando, Emily and Gabriel received $2,000 to attend the ACUHO-I conference to present their program as the best of our region. Congratulations!

We would also like to take this time to, once again, acknowledge the extraordinary time, effort, energy, and commitment of all of our sub-committee chairs and committee members. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better group of people with which to work.

Lastly, we just wanted to say that this committee work is very rewarding. You should check out all of the opportunities to be involved with WACUHO!

Respectfully
Jacques Zalma and Melissa Giles Martin, Your 2014 Annual Conference Program Chairs