Eastern Kentucky RA Conference – September 16, 2017

The Morehead State University Office of Student Housing is proud to announce that it will be hosting the first Eastern Kentucky Resident Adviser Drive-In Conference on Saturday, September 16, 2017. This one-day conference will provide student staff from across the region (Desk Clerks, Resident Advisers, Senior RAs, Student Directors, etc) a chance to collaborate and share their knowledge and experiences with their peers. In addition to building upon their own knowledge and skills, students will have the opportunity to enhance their employment experience by leading a session at a state conference (PLUS, session presenters/facilitators receive a discounted registration rate). It can truly be a conference for students, by students.

Registration will open July 1, 2017: www.KYRAConference.com 

Any questions, comments, or suggestions can be directed to John Michael Haky, Conference Coordinator, at KYRAConference@gmail.com or 606-783-2343.

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RELI 2017: Congratulations to Kaitlyn O’Keefe!

Kaitlyn O’Keefe from the University of Kentucky has been chosen to participant in the Regional Entry-Level Institute (RELI) this summer!  RELI  is an intensive four-day professional development opportunity for new professionals who aspire to mid-level positions.  Kaitlyn will be joined by Hannah Piechowski from Transylvania University and Dr. Anthony White from Eastern Kentucky University who will be serving as RELI Faculty!

Congratulations, Kaitlyn!

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KAHO 2017

Get excited!  KAHO 2017 will be here before you know it (Save the Date: October 4-6, 2017)!  The Conference Host Committee would like to share new details of KAHO 2017: Moving Mountains: The Challenge of Change!  Registration will open March 22nd and the program submission period will begin on May 15th.  For more information, check out the save the date: KAHO 2017 Save the Date-Front KAHO 2017 Save the Date-Back.

More information to come!

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KAHO Brand Survey

At the 2016 Annual Conference, KAHO President Chris Owens announced the creation of a committee to examine the overall brand for KAHO. The members of that committee include Chris, Benjamin Dunn (Berea College) and Kat Looft (Western Kentucky University). The committee worked and has created a survey that will gather your thoughts and feedback on our brand. The findings will be shared at the State Meeting during SEAHO 2017. Please complete the survey and be honest. We want to provide a brand that works for you and represents our great organization. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you and best wishes for a successful semester!

The survey can found here: https://wku.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eFDNMjmmbbEwgux

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KARH Annual Conference


The Kentucky Association of Residence Halls (KARH) will be holding its annual conference on February 10 & 11, 2017 at Bellarmine University. The purpose of KARH is to provide support and development opportunities for students who are currently involved with or have an interest in being involved with student housing on our campuses, which includes being a member of a sponsored student organization and/or as a student employee.

The annual conference serves as KARH’s marquee event for providing development and collaboration opportunities who students who may share common responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges, but otherwise may not have chance to connect with their peers and explore other ideas and opportunities. While current sponsored student organizations (RHA, NRHH, etc) serve as the direct affiliates to KARH, the conference is open to and provides opportunities for any student interested in being more engaged with student housing colleagues, including Resident Assistants, hall council members, desk clerks, etc.

KARH’s most recent newsletter, including specific information about the conference, can be found here.

Registration information can be found here.

Any student or professional interested in facilitating a session at the conference can find that information here.

More information about the conference will be made available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, any questions about the conference or KARH in general can be directed to John Michael Haky, KARH Advisor, at karhadvisor@gmail.com.

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2016 KARH Student of the Year



Congratulations to Zack White of Morehead State University for being recognized as the 2016 KARH Student of the Year. The Student of the Year is award by the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers on behalf of the Kentucky Association of Residence Halls (KARH) to a student who has made outstanding contributions to their institution and the Kentucky Association of Residence Halls.

From the nomination:

Over the past year, this nominee has demonstrated an enthusiasm and passion for creating a welcoming environment for both residents and staff living on-campus at their institution. That passion has allowed him to have a significant impact on residence life and the students on the campus.

The nominee has an ability to effectively build relationships with residents and colleagues that has allowed him to excel as a Resident Advisor. The nominee’s fellow RAs recognized his ability to build an effective community and gravitated towards him as a leader among this residential area staff. In fact, his standout performance as an RA resulted in a promotion to Student Director mid-way through the last academic year. In addition, he served as his campus’ National Communications Coordinator for the newly formed Residence Hall Association before recently stepping into a Student Advisor role for the association.

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2016 Burt Horine RELI Scholarship Recipients



The Burt Horine RELI Scholarship is awarded to two entry-level professionals to attend the annual SEAHO Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI). The 2016 recipients of the $250 Burt Horine RELI Scholarships are:

  • Sarah Shelton (University of Kentucky)
  • Danielle Cartwright (University of Louisville)
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2016 SEAHO Corporate Scholarship Recipients



The SEAHO Corporate Scholarship is awarded by the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers on behalf of the two corporate associates who have made the largest donation towards that year’s conference for an individual to attend the next SEAHO Conference. Consideration for the scholarship includes financial need, a potential first-time attendee for the SEAHO Conference, involvement in KAHO or other professional organizations, and published works.

On behalf of Southwest Contract (www.swcontract.com) and Jetz Service (www.jetzservice.com), the 2016 recipients of the $250 SEAHO Corporate Scholarships are:

  • Russell Aivazian (University of Kentucky)
  • Lauren Doerner (University of Kentucky)
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2016-17 KAHO Governing Council



Photo courtesy of Katie Corbin (Western Kentucky University)

Congratulations to the newly elected 2016-17 KAHO Governing Council:

  • President: Chris Owens (Western Kentucky University)
  • President-Elect: Leslie Maxie Ashford (Bellarmine University)
  • Colonel: Ann Young (Centre College)
  • Secretary/Treasurer: John Micheal Haky (Morehead State University)
  • SEAHO State Representative: Christina Reyes (Eastern Kentucky University)
  • Small School Representative: LeRon Collier (Georgetown College)
  • Graduate Student Representative: Justavian Tillman (Western Kentucky University)
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KAHO Ruth Ann Howard Service Award Recipient


Photo courtesy of Katie Corbin (Western Kentucky University)

Congratulations to Chris Owens of Western Kentucky University for being honored with the KAHO Ruth Ann Howard Service Award at the 2016 KAHO Annual Conference. The Ruth Ann Howard Service Award is awarded to individuals who have worked in Kentucky for at least three years who demonstrate outstanding service to the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers (including service on the Governing Council, serving on the Host Committee for a KAHO sponsored conference, published articles, and recognition for awards) and/or their institution(s).

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