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WACUHO Salutes Our Corporate Partners

WACUHO Corporate Partners are an integral part of our organization. Corporate Partners provide financial support, serve on WACUHO committees, and help produce quality programs. They also partner with us on our campuses to assist in providing superior services and experiences to students. Our Corporate Partners are contributing over $55,000 to WACUHO this year. This financial support is critical to the success of many of our programs and events. Their contributions support the RAPS, the Annual Conference and Exposition, other Association events, and the general fund of the Association. Please visit the 2015 Corporate Partners’ booths during the Annual Conference and thank them for their support.


Collegiate Concepts, Inc.
Mark Davidson, President
(888) 929-0806,
MicroFridge Rental/Sales/Leasing programs

Foliot Furniture
William Grant, District Manager
(450) 565-9166,
Foliot is dedicated to providing quality furniture to the hospitality and educational communities. Over two decades of experience in manufacturing and 500,000 furnished rooms throughout North America clearly demonstrates our insight and expertise.

Southwest Contract
Lee Thompson, Jr., VP Sales/Marketing
(254) 742-0061,
A family owned supplier of furnishings for residence halls, suites, and apartments.

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems
Neeraj Sharma, District Sales Manager
(510) 427-4833,
WASH is a leader in technology-advanced, eco-friendly laundry room operations. Its “best-in-class” facilities management services can be found at apartment properties, condos, college and university residence halls, military bases and other multi-housing locations. More than 5 million people do their weekly laundry at a WASH facility. WASH is a privately held company founded in 1947 and based in El Segundo, Calif. and operating in 15 U.S. states and all Canadian provinces.


ASI Campus Laundry Solutions
Jill Young, Regional Sales Manager
(832) 877-8593,
ASI/MacGray Laundry Solutions has over 118,000 machines in service at college and university campuses though out the United States. We service over 1,300 accounts. ASI/MacGray will customize our proposal to fit your needs exclusively and use our patented technology, online monitoring and payment system. Credit/debit, smart card, coin, machines run free – we can manage and service for you. References provided. Please call or email Jill Young at 832-877-8593, Let our prompt service make your residents happy.

Bed Bandits
Patrick Turner, Co-Founder
(707) 367-4020,
At Bed Bandits we are all about Quality: Improving people’s quality of life through quality products. Every time we sell three mattress toppers, we will donate one to someone in need. One day at a time, through one mattress at a time, improving each night.

DCI, Inc.
Amos Kober, Vice President
(800) 552-8286,
DCI has been a family owned, fully integrated, American furniture manufacturing company for more than 30 years.  We make high quality, extremely durable furniture in the most sustainable and socially responsible way. Our designs incorporate customer-focused solutions that aim to meet the evolving furniture needs of today’s student living environment.

Lisa Farrell, Key Account Leader
(800) 637-7567,
MicroFridge® offers the total solution. Whether you’re looking for a sleek contemporary combination appliance, a compact single door refrigerator, a basic microwave, or a commercial grade refrigerator or freezer, we have what you need.

RT London
Greg Thomas
(805) 636-8735,
With innovative design, ingenious flexibility, custom capabilities and outstanding durability, RT London’s extensive collection of room and lounge solutions, seating, and tables is the best value for residence halls. Made in America, RT London products stand up to rigorous use and most are backed by a 25-year warranty.

Thurston Manufacturing
Kris Benson, VP Sales
(210) 227-4747,
Thurston Manufacturing offers expertly crafted furniture. We are the solution for all your furniture needs, whether you are looking for solid wood furniture with flexible design or durable steel furniture contact Thurston Manufacturing now and speak to one of our experts on how we can help. Call 1-800-624-9101 now! All our furniture is proudly “Made in America” For more about our product visit or our sister company


A-1 Textiles
Bonne McCarty, Sales
(800) 351-1819 ex. 113,

Adirondack Solutions
Jason Gross, National Sales Director
(908) 725-8869,

Julia Wetzel, Event Coordinator
(703) 322-8627,

Ecologic Furniture
Jennifer Kryger
(847) 234-5855,

eRezLife Software Inc.
Chad Elliott, Marketing & Sales
(613) 680-1450,

Bill LaPatra, Partner
(206) 623-3344,

On Campus Marketing
Angela Powell, PR Manager
(609) 771-0005,

Restex Superior Sleep Solutions
Victoria Hunt, Program Manager CS
(877) 350-0208,

StarRez, Inc.
Joe Lindwall
(415) 246-2871,


American Campus Communities
Teri Bump, Vice President of University Relations & Student Development
(512) 826-8235,

College Products
Denny Sanford / Jordan Black
(712) 948-3250,

Integra Seating
Andi Cross, Business Development Manager
(800) 235-0234,

Micro 101
Choyce Bostian, National Sales Director
(866) 392-5808,

Off Campus Housing 101
Richard Brown, President
(250) 862-9850

Resch + Froehlich Consulting
Phil Resch/Clyde Froehlich
(805) 617-5023/(530) 902-2859,

John Wirfs, Associate
(213) 542-1320,

University Laundry
Mike Trozzo
(888) 590-9274,

Pre-WACE Webinar

Is this your first WACE conference or have you not been to WACE in a while?   The New Professionals Committee invites you to join our Pre-WACE webinar!  On Monday, March 23 at 1pm, you can join us live at –

We will be going over attire, traditions, choosing program sessions, and things that you should not miss.  We’ll see you in the Webinar!w

BANGO, DANGO…Here comes WANGO!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you excited about WACUHO? Well, in addition to the programs, keynote, breaking bread together, case study competition, wellness breaks, fun times at the hospitality suite and more – there is the one, and only, EXHIBITS and DISPLAYS.

Yes, once again on Tuesday morning, WACE will have some uninterrupted time with our Exhibitors. Whatever our needs within our housing program, you will be able to find WACUHO Friendly vendors, many of whom are our Corporate Partners. Our exhibitors are here to get to know you, share their products and services, and enjoy the WACUHO Family spirit.

Regardless of whether you authorize purchases or not, Exhibitors are eager to meet and greet with you. They are not here just to sell; they are here to share in the enthusiasm of our collective work. In your role, you may actually have more influence than you think about purchases – share enthusiastically with your boss or colleagues about what you see and learn from our exhibitors! And remember, you may hold the position sooner than later where you call the shots for purchasesJ

And yes, WANGO will be back and given that Seppy can’t be eligible, you may have a chance at winning.

See you soon,

Andy and Seppy
Co-Chairs, Exhibits and Displays, WACE
AKA, has been WACUHO Presidents

WACE Program Updates

The 2015 Annual Conference Program Committee is pleased to offer nine program sessions, which will feature a variety of presentations, roundtables and workshops geared for professionals at all levels and in all housing functional areas.  In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with colleagues around some of the most important topics of the day at Sunday nights Equity and Diversity Awareness dessert roundtable discussions.  The full conference schedule can be viewed at

The 2015 conference will feature excellent speakers and programs.  The conference will kick off with Monday’s keynote is Dr. Alia Crum.  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.  You can watch one of her TEDx talks at

Our last keynote, Lee Holden, internationally-known QiGong expert, will close the conference with a focus on carrying healthy life practices into our everyday lives.  Our goal is that you’ll leave WACE 2015 refreshed, renewed and ready to try new things, use new knowledge, and apply new skills you’ve gained through the various conference experiences.

The Program Committee wishes to thank everyone who submitted a program proposal!  Approximately 80 proposals were submitted, which shows WACUHO members’ deep commitment to the success of the conference and organization.

The 2015 Annual Conference Program Committee:

Jesse Andrews
Sonoma State University

Erin Boele
Fresno State University

Mark Brice
California State University, Chico

Derek DeMarco
University of California, Santa Cruz

Lynda Dorset
Stanford University

Katie Knoll
University of California, San Diego

Antonio Quezada
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Joanne Song
University of California, Santa Barbara

Laura Turner-Essel
University of California, Santa Cruz

Christopher Young
California State University, Chico

Martin Castillo – Co-chair
California State University, East Bay

Tim Trevan – Co-Chair
California State University, Northridge

EDA WACE Updates

The Equity and Diversity Awareness (EDA) Committee  will certainly be present at WACE!  Please join us for the following:

Desserts Social!

After opening banquet on Sunday, we are hosting five different Desserts Socials.  Each room will have a different topic to discuss (over delicious desserts, of course) on an individual, institutional, and international scope.  This is an opportunity to get those conversational juices flowing at the beginning of WACE and delve into realities that affect us all in WACUHO.  Topics include:

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Diversity Education
  • Inspiring, Engaging, and Retaining Student Staff of Color
  • Best Practices and Bias-Related Incidents: Black Lives Matter
  • Microaggressions in Our Communities
  • Gender Roles in the Workplace


We’ll also provide five identity-based roundtable venues for individuals not attending the Business Meeting to share stories, experiences, advice, and ideas in a safer space.  Join us during Program Session 8 at the following Roundtables:

  • Balancing Work and Family (co-sponsored by Women of WACUHO)
  • The Role of the Student Affairs Professional in the Spiritual Development of Students (co-sponsored by Religion and Spirituality
  • Mindfulness of Privilege
  • Persons of Color in Student Affairs
  • LGBT(…)

EDA-Certified Programs!

Look for a special note indicating which programs our committee has determined support and embrace WACUHO’s Inclusivity Statement and Agreement as well as the mission of the EDA Committee.

New Professionals Case Study: What Would YOU Do?

You are the Associate Director of Residence Life at a private mid-size institution. A Resident Advisor shares concerns that her Residence Hall Director doesn’t like her and that the RHD shows favoritism toward other RAs on staff. This is causing her a lot of stress. The next day, you witness a Complex Directors (the person who supervises RHDs) treating one of the new Complex Directors as if he did not know how to do his job. Having just attended a session on Workplace Bullying, you wonder if that is happening within your department and ponder what you need to do about it.

As the Associate Director, what would you do? Come explore a real world scenario experienced by seasoned professionals and discuss how you would respond to critical and ethical issues at the New Professionals Case Study Competition!

Now in its 12th year, this friendly competition tests your critical thinking skills and exercises your theoretical and practical knowledge. Teams of 1-3 new professionals (0-3 years in the profession) should attend the New Professionals/First Time Attendee Orientation on Sunday, March 29th at 4pm to sign up and receive the scenario. Presentations will be made during Program Sessions 3 & 4 on Monday.

For more information prior to WACE, Details, please contact the Case Study Coordinators, Alex Belisario ( and Emily Sandoval (


WACE is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Below are a few tips to help you get prepared.   If you have any questions or would like additional information, don’t hesitate to ask via email to

Looking forward to seeing you in Monterey!

-Kelsey Stone and Adrianne Waite, on behalf of the WACE Host Committee

Packing Tips

WACE is a more casual environment than many other student affairs conferences. Most attendee attire tends to range from casual to business casual.

Pack for the weather by dressing in layers! The average temperatures in late March in Monterey range from 50 to 68. We will have some outdoor programming so you may need sunglasses/sunscreen and a jacket.

Specific clothing Items to pack

  • Items from your institution or alma mater for Sunday’s College Night Opening Dinner
  • Semi-formal attire for the Grand Banquet on Tuesday
  • Running shoes/gear for the Wednesday morning 5k Fun Run/Walk
  • Bathing suit/beach attire

We will be near the historic downtown area and steps away from the coastline and the Wharf, so bring your walking shoes!

Use Your Tech Savvy to be More Sustainable

The conference website can be found at and includes a host of information to help you prepare for and enjoy WACE 2015. Here you will find the conference schedule and tips for making the most of your experience. There is also information about transportation, our lovely accommodations, and fun things to do in Monterey.

During the conference, the schedule will be available on Guidebook. Download the free Guidebook app and WACE’s program booklet ahead of time to prepare and create your own schedule [when?]Guidebook will be available for attendees to easily view the schedule, maps, conference details, and exhibitor information, as well as create your own personal schedule to guide you through the conference. We will update conference details in real time, so you’ll always have the latest and greatest information. You can download Guidebook for your phone or tablet (search Guidebook in your app store), or use the mobile site on other devices at Limited hard copies of the program booklet will also be available at check-in.

WACE is a tech-friendly conference with updates appearing throughout the conference on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you use any of these platforms, make sure to bring your devices (tablet, phone, laptop) with you. #WACE2015!

Don’t forget to pack your chargers! If you’re sharing a room, consider bringing a power strip to increase the outlets available so everyone can get charged up.

Keep on Hand

Make the most of your experience and stay comfortable, keeping following items with you throughout the day for handy access:

  • Business Cards – more than you think you need!
  • Name tag swag – many folks bring stickers/pins with them to decorate their conference name tags (such as pins from alma maters, other professional associations, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Pens/notebook

First Time Attendees and New Professionals General WACE Tips & Things to Know

If this is your first WACE, or if you are a new professional, we have tips to help you prepare for the conference. Check out our attendee tips on the conference website! There are good reminders for seasoned pros as well. Definitely plan to arrive in time to attend the new pros/first-time attendee reception on Sunday at 4pm.

Helpful Conference Tips

  • The theme of WACE is mindfulness– make sure you are thoughtful throughout the conference, and you must be present physically and mentally to have an amazing experience!
  • Reach out and meet new people during the conference. WACE is a great place to network with people in the region.
  • Make sure you bring lots of business cards to share. This is especially important for grad students and new pros.
  • Consider volunteering at the conference:
  • Make your presence at the Exhibits Hall – there are tons of opportunities to meet vendors and win FREE stuff!

What is WACE After Dark?

WACE After Dark provides an intimate opportunity for participants to celebrate and highlight their individual passions by sharing them with the group. Come share your story and connect with others that might have the same passion.

What is Night on the Town?

The Night on the Town is an opportunity for participants to connect with the local scene by venturing out and having dinner on the town with new and/or old friends.

WACE Updates

Have you secured a room for the conference? If not, please call the Marriott Monterey first to see if any rooms are available in the host hotel. Call 877.901.6632.

If you cannot reserve the rooms you want , consider Casas Munras. Until March 9, they are holding rooms at a special price for WACE attendees: Phone: 831-233-7906

Looking for volunteer opportunities at WACE? If so sign up here –


The 2015 conference will feature excellent speakers and programs.  The conference will kick off with Monday’s keynote is Dr. Alia Crum.  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.  You can watch one of her TEDx talks at

Nine program sessions will feature a variety of presentations, roundtables and workshops geared for professionals at all levels and in all housing functional areas.  In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with colleagues around some of the most important topics of the day at Sunday nights Equity and Diversity Awareness dessert roundtables.

Our last keynote, Lee Holden, internationally-known QiGong expert, will close the conference with a focus on carrying healthy life practices into our everyday lives.  Our goal is that you’ll leave WACE 2015 refreshed, renewed and ready to try new things, use new knowledge, and apply new skills you’ve gained through the various conference experiences.

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.

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