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Residence Life staff receives regional awards,
Arkansas State University was well represented at the Southwest
Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO)
conference, Feb. 14-17, in Austin, Texas, as staff members of the Office
of Residence Life were honored with regional awards, appointed to
SWACUHO leadership, and recognized for presenting an educational program
(From left) Sarah Peoples, Bill Ward, Adrian
Everett, Jimmi Lampley (Below right) Kelly Ponder. (Below left) Julie
SWACUHO's membership consists of housing and residence life programs at
academic institutions throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Adrian Everett, community assistant (CA) in Northpark Quads and Student
Activities Board student leader, was awarded the Gene Ward Outstanding
Student Leader Award recognizing his contributions as a student staff
member and student leader at ASU.
Sarah Peoples, resident assistant in University Hall and a Student
Activities Board student leader, was recognized for her efforts in the
area of diversity programming, education, awareness and celebration.
She received the Diversity Award: Individual.
Residence Life was recognized with the Diversity Award: Institutional.
This award showcases the department’s work in diversity education,
training and programming. It also highlighted the collaborative work
with other departments at Arkansas State University.
Jimmi Lampley, graduate student in the Residence Life, was honored with
the Distinguished Graduate Student Award for her significant
contributions, commitment, and loyalty to the Residence Life Department
and housing community.
Bill Ward, Residence Life maintenance supervisor, was awarded the Bob
Cooke Distinguished Service Award which recognizes the recipient for
service, dedication, and significant contributions to student housing.
Additional staff members were recognized through appointment to several
key positions within the SWACUHO organization.
Julie McMahon, associate director of Residence Education, was appointed
to serve as the SWACUHO representative on the Association of Colleges
and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Foundation Board
as the regional trustee. Each of the regional organizations appoints
a representative to the foundation to raise funds for the association
through various drives and campaigns.
Kelly Ponder, Village Manager for Residence Life, was appointed to a
two-year term as chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee.
Three graduate students--Justin McClure, second-year Graduate Hall
Director in Collegiate Park; Misha Barbour, first-year GHD at the Honors
Living Learning Community, and Danielle Carrington, second year GHD in
Northpark Quads, and Julie McMahon, Associate Director of Residence
Education, co-presented one of the 49 programs selected for the
conference. The theme of the conference was "Keep SWACUHO W.E.I.R.D.:
Where Everything Is Radically Different.”
The program presented by staff was titled "W.E.I.R.D. training using
case studies,” and focused on the changes to hall director training in
the past year and how case studies were utilized as part of the
educational tools for learning. Each presenter received a certificate
for work and commitment to the region.
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