Recently, Alfred State College National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) adviser Allison Keddie and a group of five ASC students attended the NEACURH (National Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls) Regional Conference at Western New England College. While at the conference, the Alfred State NRHH chapter was awarded a NEACURH Scholarship of $250. This scholarship, which is given to only a few schools per year, was quite an honor for ASC as it has been a member of NRHH for just under a year.
"Obviously, Allison and NRHH chapter president Tom Lubitz (Walden, architectural technology) have made great strides this year in making our NRHH chapter an exemplary model of what a brand new organization should strive to accomplish," notes Paul Posener, director, Residential Life at ASC.
In order to qualify for the scholarship, ASC's NRHH chapter needed to apply, explaining how the funding might be used by the local chapter. "Without additional funding, the ASC chapter of NRHH is finding it difficult to sponsor events and broaden our membership," wrote Lubitz in the application.
"Most of our current budget has been used [sic] to send some of our members to the upcoming [sic] NEACURH Conference at Western New England College."
Additionally, Lubitz wrote, "We have been successful with the programs that we have been able to provide to our campus even with a very limited budget. On Oct. 31, 2008, we hosted a Halloween party for some of the elementary students at the local school, as they don't have a very large town to trick or treat in. We organized games, created large coloring pages for kids, and had fun just hanging out and getting to know the students. Another event we sponsored last semester was "Recognize a Friend with a Letter Day," during which we provided supplies to students to enable them to write letters to other students and faculty members to let them know how much they were appreciated-an appropriate activity on Valentine's Day! All together about 200 letters were written within a three-hour period to create an opportunity for everyone to have fun and use their creativity in writing that letter.
"This scholarship would be very helpful to our organization because we would use it to help fund our conference trips. We are a newly affiliated college within NEACURH and would like to grow within our community as well as yours but with the limited budget that we have, it is a struggle for us to start this up and grow."
"Because our affiliation with NRHH began midway through the academic year, we had no way to be included in the budget planning process. When we attended our first NRHH conference at SUNY Geneseo, we sent four delegates who each paid $20 themselves to attend the conference. The ASC vice president of student affairs paid the remaining costs as a one-time show of support for the group. We would like to involve ourselves in the Monthly Moose Calling so we can begin communication with other local campuses. We would also like to become a more active part of the NEACURH community and to grow larger and more prominent within our region."
According to its Web site, the National Residence Hall Honorary "is the only nationwide organization that exclusively recognizes leaders in the residence halls; it is also considered the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. The opportunity to have a chapter is a service of NACURH, Inc. designed to give local, regional, and national recognition to students making outstanding contributions to their campus and residence halls. NACURH firmly believes in the value of student involvement in residence hall life through community service, community building, advocacy, and educational programming.
"Realizing the value of participation, leaders have contributed vast amounts of their personal time in an effort to make their own college experiences more meaningful to them. This effort not only benefits them, it benefits their campus and entire residence hall system at their school as well. NRHH exists to honor these leaders. That is the fundamental purpose of an NRHH Chapter.
"Even though the main purpose of having an NRHH chapter on campus is to honor outstanding leaders, some chapters choose to take the process one step further. Many chapters sponsor on-campus leadership workshops and/or speakers, co-sponsor programs with the Residence Hall Association, serve on housing committees, and establish residence hall leadership awards or scholarships. Chapters can be as active as their members deem appropriate.
"Membership in chapters is limited to one percent of the school's residence hall population, or 20 members, whichever is greater. NRHH is a very select group of leaders thus being selected into the membership is an honor in which one can take a great amount of pride in."