Awards and Award History

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Joan F. Mortell Award In 2002, the Executive Committee voted to rename the WTI New Professional Award in honor of Joan F. Mortell. Joan was actively involved with ACUHO-I and CACUHO (later renamed WACUHO) and was instrumental in founding CACUHO’s Western Training Institute. She is honored as the 15th President of CACUHO in 1971-72 and was the second woman to serve in that capacity.

John Yarborough Award

The John Yarborough Award is named after John Yarborough, the first President of the Association in 195# Along with colleagues, Christine Ricker and Don Watts, John was the impetus in establishing a vision to create an organization that would bring together housing colleagues to discuss and solve difficulties each was experiencing. As Director of Residence at Stanford University, John hosted the first annual "conference." He was a strong believer that many common problems could be solved by "pooling our experiences." For this, the award is named in order that Association presenters, "Best in the West," can attend an international conference (ACUHO-I) not only to share their selected presentation, but to learn from others in the field.

Charles L. Miller Award The Charles L. Miller 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. His death at such a young age only served to accentuate the wonderful contributions, accomplishments, and valuable service he gave to our Association. In fond memory and respect to him and his family, this award has been bestowed on those who, like Charlie, have made a difference in the Association as well as in the lives of colleagues and the student population that the Association serves. A $250 donation is made every year to the ACUHO-I Foundation of Excellence in honor of the WACUHO Charles L. Miller Award winner. Past Charles L. Miller Recipients

  • 2010 Andy Plumley
  • 2011 Willie Brown
  • 2012 Phil Resch
  • 2013 John Capaccio
  • 2014 Suzanne Seplow
  • 2015 Tim Trevan
  • 2016 Martin Castillo
  • 2017 Ramona Hernandez


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.

Volunteer of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to give the chairs of the various WACUHO committees an opportunity to bestow a special recognition upon a committee member who has made a significant contribution to the success of a committee. The recipient of this award is typically someone with whom the committee would have had difficulties achieving their goals had the individual not been involved.

Jim "JB" Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award

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), was truly a legend in his own time, deeply impacting everyone with whom he worked. Known for his infectious laugh and beaming, ever-present smile, JB was a WACUHO mainstay who shaped and guided the Association for three decades in innumerable spotlight and background roles. With an exuberant personality that made everyone feel welcomed and valued, JB enthusiastically mentored generations of new professionals and caringly supported his friends and colleagues. 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.

Past JB Brock Spirit of WACUHO Award Winners:

  • 2010 Willie Brown and Lisa Slavid
  • 2011 Josh O’Connor
  • 2012 Ramona Hernandez
  • 2013 Mako Ushihara
  • 2014 Maggie Malagon
  • 2015 Tyler Miller
  • 2016 Christopher Young
  • 2017 Emily Sandoval