KAHO Annual Awards, Service Awards, and Scholarships

Do you know an outstanding student or professional who deserves to be recognized for work and effort this past year? At the 2018 KAHO Conference (October 4-5, 2018 hosted at the University of Louisville), KAHO will be recognizing the recipients of the KAHO Annual Awards, Service Awards, and Scholarships

More details about each annual award, service award, and scholarship can be found below and in the KAHO Constitution. To nominate yourself or another individual for an annual award, service award, or scholarship, please complete this form – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIrXve0QFdN-TNL3KyFdNFO15n9lxIoLmIUsbLMXUcJecgwA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Nominations/Submissions for Annual Awards, Service Awards, and/or Scholarships should be submitted by Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Questions about any of these awards or scholarships can be directed to Dr. Anthony White, President-Elect and Chair of the Award/Recognition Committee, at anthony.white@eku.edu.

Annual Awards

  • Ruth Ann Howard Service Award – Awarded for outstanding service to KAHO and their institution(s). Service to KAHO includes but is not limited to: service on the Governing Council, serving on the Host committee of a KAHO sponsored conference, publishing in the SEAHO Report, performance which has merited other awards in the state previously, etc. Recipients should have worked within the state for at least three years.
  • KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award – Awarded for significant and lasting contribution and service to his or her institution while embodying an unbridled spirit in service for the betterment of his or her institution, state, region, or the profession in general. Recipients should have a demonstrated record of service as a positive change‐agent in service to their students, colleagues, and peers.
  • New Professional Award – Awarded to one recipient for outstanding contributions and service to his or her institution. Recipients must have worked for the institution for at least one year but no more than three years.
  • Graduate Student Award – Awarded to the one recipient for outstanding contributions and service to their institution. Recipients should be a graduate student enrolled in their program for at least one year.
  • KARH Student of the Year Award – Awarded to one recipient for outstanding contributions to his or her institution and the Kentucky Association of Residence Halls.

 

Service Awards

  • KAHO Service Award – Selected by the Chief Housing Officer and awarded to one staff member from each member institution in recognition for outstanding service to his or her institution over the past year.
  • Outstanding Resident Assistant (R.A.) Award – Selected by the Chief Housing Officer of a member institution and awarded to one R.A. from each member institution for outstanding service to his or her institution over the past year.

 

Scholarships

  • SEAHO Corporate Scholarship – Awarded to two recipients in the name of KAHO and the two corporate associates making the highest donation toward the current year’s conference. The award will be up to $250.00 for each recipient and will be presented by the KAHO President and the two associates at the KAHO conference. The following criteria is considered in the selection of the two recipients:
    • Need based on the institutions’ financial status for travel and professional development.
    • First‐time SEAHO participant.
    • Leadership role within KAHO.
    • Involvement in professional organizations.
    • Presenter at a KAHO conference.
    • Published articles in the SEAHO Report, ACUHO‐I Talking Stick or other professional publications.
  • Burt Horine RELI Scholarship Award – The Burt Horine Scholarship is awarded to two individuals to be able to attend the annual SEAHO Regional Entry Level Institute. The two ($250) scholarships shall be given at the annual KAHO Conference. Scholarships which are not awarded will be done so at the discretion of the Governing Council. All RELI participants shall present on their experiences at the following KAHO Conference.
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KAHO Governing Council Elections at KAHO 2018

Are you ready to take on an additional leadership role and serve as a resource to other student housing professionals and students across the Commonwealth? At the 2018 KAHO Conference (October 4-5, 2018 hosted at the University of Louisville), KAHO will be conducting elections for the following Governing Council positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Coloniel
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • SEAHO State Representative
  • Small School Representative
  • Graduate Student Representative

Full details about each position can be found below and in the KAHO Constitution. To express interest in running for a Governing Council position or to nominate someone, please complete this form – https://goo.gl/forms/pN7MPAppulkNprVk1

Nominations/Interest Statements should be submitted by Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Questions about Governing Council positions can be directed to any of the current Governing Council members.

President-Elect

  • Serves in place of the president during any absence.
  • Serves as the Programming Chair for the annual KAHO Conference
  • Chairs the Awards/Recognition Committee.
  • Maintains monthly contact with the President, participates in long range planning and reviews the constitution for annual updates.
  • Assumes the position of President at the following annual KAHO Conference for the following term-year
  • Position is a two-year commitment – one-year as President-Elect and the following year as President

 

Colonel

  • Serves as a sage and historical expert of the organization
  • Provides support, guidance, organizational memory, historical perspective, and continuity to the Governing Council
  • Provides parliamentarian support when necessary.
  • Elected individual serves a two-year term
  • Must be a housing professional who has been in the state a minimum of five years, has attended three or more KAHO Conferences, and has served on the KAHO Governing Council. If no viable nominations are solicited, the immediate past KAHO President will serve the one-year term.

 

Secretary/Treasurer

  • Custodian of all funds, property and records of the association.
  • Maintains the checking account, and reports an annual financial statement and budget at the KAHO Conference
  • Prepares minutes of the conference, updates the KAHO e-mail listserv, and maintains general records
  • Collects information and prepares a historical record of the KAHO Conferences and Governing Council to present at the KAHO Business Meeting during the annual SEAHO Conference.
  • Elected individual serves a two-year term

 

SEAHO State Representative

  • Serves as the Kentucky State Representative for the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO).
  • Serves as a representative to the SEAHO Report and generates articles about Kentucky activities for this newsletter
  • Works to encourage professionals from around the state to generate articles for the SEAHO
  • Responsible to report and attend both SEAHO Mid-Year and the annual SEAHO Conference meetings, serving on SEAHO planning committees, maintaining correspondence with the state regarding SEAHO and performing other SEAHO duties as assigned. The SEAHO State Representative is responsible for his/her own expenses of attending the mid-year and annual SEAHO Conference meetings
  • The person elected into this position must have been working in the State of Kentucky in a full-time professional position for minimally the previous year
  • The term of office is from the start of the 2019 SEAHO Conference until the beginning of the 2021 SEAHO Conference

 

Small School Representative

  • Serves as a representative of small college and University members
  • Works to build and develop small school participation by maintaining contact throughout the Representative’s term. This can include but is not limited to creating discussion posts, groups, on‐campus visits, etc.
  • Coordinates a round table program at the annual KAHO Conference
  • Must be a full time employee of a school with a student population under 5,000 students, undergraduate and graduate, and have a current employment description involving work in Housing or Residence Life.
  • Elected individual serves a two-year term

 

Graduate Student Representative

  • Serves as a representative of students currently enrolled, full time or part time, in a graduate and postgraduate program
  • Works to build and develop graduate student participation by maintaining contact throughout the term
  • Works to develop and identify undergraduates who have a desire to work within the field
  • Coordinates a round table program and the case study competition at the annual KAHO Conference.
  • Elected individual serves a one-year term
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SEAHO Graduate Issues and Involvement Committee – Graduate Assistant Rising Star Award

Please take some time to recognize your Graduate Assistants in your department!

SEAHO’s Graduate Assistant Rising Star Award is designed to showcase the important contributions and achievements of our graduate assistants.  Through dedicated service to their department and home institution, these students have demonstrated academic success and commitment to the students they serve, while showing growth and development in the profession.

Graduate Assistants will be recognized via the Graduate Issues and Involvement and SEAHO social media, receive a certificate for their recognition via email as well as at the annual SEAHO conference, and recognition in the SEAHO Report.

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Spring 2018 SEAHO Report now available

The Spring 2018 SEAHO Report is now available! The Spring 2018 edition includes contributions from Kentucky institutions, including:

  • News and notes from the 2018 KARH Conference
  • Article: The Advisor’s Bookshelf by John Michael Haky (Morehead State University)

You can view the Spring 2018 edition at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/seaho/2018spring/

Submissions, including institution updates and articles, for the Summer 2018 SEAHO Report are due by July 10, 2018. Updates for the Summer 2018 edition can be sent to the Kentucky State Representative at kystaterep@seaho.org or directly here.

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2018 KARH Annual Conference (March 23-25, 2018)

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The Kentucky Association of Residence Halls (KARH) 2018 Annual Conference will take place March 23-25, 2018, hosted by Northern Kentucky University.

More information about the conference, including registration and program proposals, can be found at https://inside.nku.edu/housing/get-involved/karh-2018.html.

Also, information for students about bidding for KARH Annual Awards, 2018-2019 KARH State Board of Director positions, and hosting the 2019 KARH Annual Conference can be found at karhhousing.wordpress.com.

** KARH Resident Assistant of the Year Award **

While most KARH awards are open to students at KARH member institutions, the KARH Resident Assistant of the Year Award is open to students from any KAHO recognized member institution. More information submitting a bid can be found at karhhousing.wordpress.com.

Any questions about KARH or the KARH Annual Conference can be directed to John Michael Haky, KARH Adviser, at karhadvisor@gmail.com.

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2017 Outstanding RA Award Recipients

During the 2017 Annual Conference, the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers recognized the recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Resident Advisor Award. Recipients of the award are selected by the Chief Housing Officer of each of KAHO’s member institutions for their outstanding service to their institution over the past year.

The 2017 KAHO Outstanding Resident Advisor Award was awarded to:

  • Lindsey Smith (Morehead State University)
  • Megan Quackenbush (Transylvania University)
  • Abigail Shelton (University of Kentucky)
  • Shravan Govindaraj (University of Kentucky)

Congratulations to all the recipients and thank you for all your had work and dedication to your institutions and its students.

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2017 KAHO New Professional Award

Congratulations to Kevin Willis of Eastern Kentucky University for receiving the 2017 New Professional Award at the 2017 KAHO Annual Conference. The New Professional Award is awarded to the housing professional who has worked between one and three years at their institution for their outstanding contributions and service to their institution.

From the award nomination:

Though Kevin Willis is just beginning his third year as a professional on our team, he has a long positive history serving EKU Housing and Residence Life as an undergraduate RA and graduate assistant. Kevin is a tireless worker and is inspirational to others on our team; he consistently demonstrates a humble can-do attitude, goes above and beyond, and is not shy about helping out where needed.

In his second year as a professional Kevin relocated from one of our smallest communities to one of our largest communities on the outskirts of campus. This was a move Kevin was somewhat hesitant to make, but agreed to the challenge because we felt he was extremely capable and the best fit for the community. Kevin absolutely flourished in his new role supervising a large student staff and a graduate assistant. Kevin’s care and concern for his students is evident in the interactions, both positive and constructive, that he has. Under his leadership the Keene staff functioned well as a team and created a very positive community atmosphere in a building that historically is a less desirable location for EKU students.

Additionally, Kevin challenged himself by taking on the chair position for the department’s diversity committee, as well as an advisor role with NRHH. Under his leadership the diversity committee planned and executed EKU’s first Tunnel of Oppression. This effort reached across the division for support and collaboration and resulted in an overwhelmingly positive experience for those participating. The committee also brought awareness to dating violence and mental health, as well as challenged the community to reflect on values. In his role with NRHH, Kevin assisted the group in providing the “In the Dark” series of real talk opportunities for students to discuss issues related to diversity. This academic year Kevin helped to develop a retreat for NRHH along with a workbook.

Kevin is a true asset to our team and community. It is with great pleasure that I submit his nomination.

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2017 Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to Rachel Hempel of Spaulding University for receiving the 2017 Graduate Student Award at the 2017 KAHO Annual Conference. The Graduate Student Award is awarded annually to one recipient for their outstanding service to their institution.

From the award nomination:

Rachel Hempel stands as a disciplined achiever seeking communal flourishing. Upon admission with Spalding University ‘s doctorate of psychology program, an administrator noticed her undergraduate RA experience and asked Rachel if she would consider serving as Residence Life’s GA. Rachel accepted, and her story begins.

For two years Rachel served as Spalding’s chief housing officer. She worked 30 hours a week rather than a GA’s six-hour requirement. Rachel’s work involved supervising six RAs. All RAs retained during those two years. This retention spilled towards students. Our student residential enrollment went from the 140s, to mid 160s, then mid 170s, and now rests above 200. Include her practicum work and classes, as a full-time doctoral student, she held her schedule. And, the results show it. Knowing this, only a fool would say Rachel did not impact this flourishing.

Rachel knows her strengths and her weaknesses. Therefore she surrounded herself with the individuals to provide a well-rounded team. This included bringing on a full time housing director. Rachel oversaw this individual’s transition, with no hesitation turned over her crown, and continued her work moving Spalding’s needle on student success. Her strength as a disciplined achiever guided her work towards this aim. In result, we see the sprouts of flourishing

Therefore, I recommend Ms. Rachel Hempel as KAHO 2017’s graduate student award. We should give honor where honor is due, and our profession has the privilege providing it to Ms. Hempel.

 

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KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award Recipient

Congratulations to April Barnes of Eastern Kentucky University for being honored with the KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award at the 2017 KAHO Annual Conference. The KAHO Unbridled Spirit Awarded is presented to any individual who has demonstrated significant and lasting contribution and service to their institution while embodying an unbridled spirit in service for the betterment of their institution, state, region, or the professional in general. Recipients demonstrate a record of service as a positive change-agent in service to their students, colleagues, and peers.

From the award nomination:

I have known April now for approximately 8 years. She is one of the most dedicated and competent professionals I know. Her tireless work ethic is only surpassed by her love for students. She has excelled in numerous positions at EKU for the last 8 years in spite of countless organizational changes. She is loved and admired by staff that report to her and is seen as a role model, an amazing professional, and a great leader, all while balancing her duties as a mom to 3 beautiful children. She has recently added “doctoral student” to her list of activities and I’m sure will be as successful with that as she is with everything else. She has unbridled spirit for all that she does professionally but also an unbridled spirit for life itself. She would be a deserving recipient of this award. Thanks for considering her!

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2017 Burt Horine RELI Scholarship Recipient

The Burt Horine RELI Scholarship is awarded to up to two entry-level professionals to attend the annual SEAHO Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI). The 2017 recipient of the $250 Burt Horine RELI Scholarship is Casey Roley from the University of Kentucky.

From the nomination:

Casey Roley is going into her second year as an RD at the University of Kentucky. In Casey’s two years, she has already made a HUGE impact on her community and our department. Even though Casey is in one of our smaller communities, she has made it a priority to know every resident’s name and follow up with them when she is aware of any transition or academic issues. Casey is incredibly genuine and always brings a positive attitude to everything she does. On top of her RD commitments, is active in our department training committees and volunteers as the advisor of MANNRS, which is a student group for underrepresented students within the College of Agriculture.

Casey is deserving of this scholarship because she will benefit from the RELI experience. Professionally, Casey always looks for ways to prepare herself for the next level and could benefit from the support that RELI provides. Casey is the perfect person to represent Kentucky and KAHO and has been involved in SEAHO since grad school.

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