KARH Annual Conference

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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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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KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award Recipient

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Congratulations to Kit Tolbert of Western Kentucky University for being honored with the KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award at the 2016 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.

Statement of support to receive the award:

The lasting impact she has had on the many staff members starting their career at WKU can be seen and felt throughout the field as evidence by the alumni that have gone on to positions within WKU and other institutions. As one colleague said standing in front of our Division of Student Affairs, “if the nominee left the institution today, to start her own university, there would be so many former and current staff members who would jump at the chance to follow and work for her.” That is the kind of leader she is, where others naturally want to follow her, and want to earn her utmost trust and respect as she motivates us all to do the right thing and do our jobs well.

Her leadership style is simple – lead by example, always get the job done, do the tasks no-one wants to do, and step-up, don’t wait for others. The wealth of knowledge and leadership that she takes with her as she retires at the end of the fall semester cannot be replaced. I’m honored to sit in her office (#20 for those of you who know that’s an important #), but I will miss her friendship, advice, and the encouragement she has always given to me as a professional. She is truly an example of the KAHO Unbridled Spirit Award, and I’m honored to nominate her for the recognition (even though I know she’ll hate it!).

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2016 KAHO New Professional Award

 

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Congratulations to Lauren Mountain of Northern Kentucky University for receiving the 2016 New Professional Award at the 2016 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.

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2016 Graduate Student Award

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Congratulations to Kaitlin Palmer (Eastern Kentucky University) for receiving the 2016 Graduate Student Award at the 2016 KAHO Annual Conference. The Graduate Student Award is awarded annually to one recipient for their outstanding service to their institution.

From the nomination:

The nominee is graduating in December 2016, and our entire department refuses to acknowledge it. Why? In her time as a Graduate Assistant, she has made herself invaluable with her strong work ethic, positive attitude, sense of humor, and genuine care and concern for the students she works with.

As a Graduate Assistant, Kaitlin was expected to simply work with our retention initiatives. While this is a big task in and of itself, she has excelled at this and so much more. In the 2015-2016 academic year, students who lived on campus were retained 9% more than students who lived off campus, and we also saw a 6% increase in our on-campus retention rate from the prior year. While this is not necessarily a direct result of her work, I think the new energy she brought helped the efforts of our professional and paraprofessional staff members. As an alum of our institution, she truly understands the student experience and she went above and beyond in her outreach and interactions with students who were struggling. She was consistently looking at the data from our early intervention survey trying to find additional students to reach out to or workshops she could provide to help our students succeed.

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2016 Best of the Bluegrass Award

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Congratulations to Danielle Cartwright (University of Louisville) and Sarah Gregory (University of Louisville) for being awarded the 2016 Best of the Bluegrass Award for their outstanding session Treat Yo Self: A Daily Commitment to Wellness presented during the 2016 KAHO Annual Conference.

From the session description: You’ve made it through grad school, landed a job, and have quickly learned “adulting” is hard. As a new professional, learning to put your wellness first may see challenging, if not impossible. Treating yourself should not be considered a special occasion or lack of dedication to your work. Daily integration of small, but intentional, practices will help you create a harmonious connection between personal and professional life. Join us and challenge yo self to live your best life every day!

Treat Yo Self: A Daily Commitment to Wellness will represent Kentucky at the 2017 SEAHO Conference, and its presenters will receive a total of $500 to assist with associated costs.

The Best of the Bluegrass Award is awarded to the highest rated session during the KAHO Annual Conference. The winning session is selected to be presented at the following SEAHO Conference, and the presenters receive a total of $500 to assist with the expenses of attending the SEAHO conference.

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