Residence Housing Association (RHA)
GOALS & POTENTIAL INITIATIVES
- Create and sustain an annual RHA Leadership Retreat for Community Council members.
- Increased focus on leadership development in Community Council and support of Community Council programming.
- Increased General Assembly membership.
- Create and implement annual plans for the organization.
- Collaboration with NRHH.
- Commitment to service and philanthropy.
- Host a MORHA Business Meeting.
- Sponsor a monthly bulletin board in Engrained, Kleiner, or the Pew Mailroom.
- Sponsor at least one programming session at Leadership Summit.
- Improved promotion and member recruitment and retention.
- Support Lake Leadership Program initiatives.
THE YEAR IN REVIEW (2011-2012)
- Campus Life Night – RHA sponsored a table to recruit members and gave out pens, bags, and lanyards to hundreds of participants.
- Homecoming Lil’ Lakers Walking Parade – Faculty, staff, and students brought their children out for a parade, carnival games, cider and donuts on Homecoming.
- GLACURH Conference – A delegation of 10 leaders represented GVSU at this regional conference held at Ball State University.
- President’s Ball Salon – Students came for free manicures, hairdos, and boutineers in preparation for the President’s Ball.
- MORHA Conference – A delegation of 8 leaders represented GVSU while also hosting this year's conference.
- NACURH Conference – A delegation of 8 leaders represented GVSU at this national conference held at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The new constitution will put no restrictions on housing staff members serving as Executive Board Officers. Should this become a conflict of interest for the organization and/or the department of Housing & Residence Life, the constitution will be altered accordingly.
The 2012-2013 Executive Board will consist of:
- Vice President of Finance and Records
- Vice President of Programming and Philanthropy
- Vice President of Public Relations
- Conference and Event Coordinator
- Community Council Liason
Elections for all of the 2013-2014 Executive Board positions will occur at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
RHA programming will focus on collaborations with campus partners, improving existing programs, facilitating philanthropy activities, and supporting Community Council programming.
· GLACURH (8-12 delegates)
o 2011: Ball State University
· MORHA (8-12 delegates)
· NACURH (6-8 delegates)
o 2011: Western Illinois University
o 2012: University of Colorado at Boulder
ADDITIONAL STATE & REGIONAL MEETINGS
· MORHA September/October Business Meeting
· MORHA December/January Business Meeting
· GLACURH No Frills
· MORHA April Business Meeting
RHA will annually support the following philanthropy projects:
· The Women’s Center Food Pantry
· The Ronald McDonald House of
· The annual MORHA philanthropy
· The annual GLACURH philanthropy
RHA & COMMUNITY COUNCILS
Utilizing the Community Council roundtable model, RHA will provide leadership development and networking opportunities for Community Council representatives. Attendance at RHA General Assembly meetings will be required.
A long-term goal for the organization would be to act as an appropriations committee for Community Councils. The department of Housing & Residence Life would fund RHA and RHA would in turn fund the individual Community Councils.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OFFICE OF HOUSING & RESIDENCE LIFE
RHA will continue to utilize the housing account for expenditures and rely on the department to provide Advisors for the organization. An ideal advisory team for the organization would be comprised of 1-2 APs and 2-3 GAs. RHA will continue to rely on the support of the Central Housing Office and Mailroom for assistance with OCM fundraisers.
In return, RHA will give priority conference registration to active community council members. Because we believe that community council representatives are in the best position to give back to their communities, they will be offered spots on our conference delegations before general RHA members. The participation of community council members at the Community Council Roundtables has been very beneficial and we would like these same individuals to have the opportunity to attend state, regional, and national conferences to further their leadership development. It is important that