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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2016 Rising Professional Case Study Competition Winners

 

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Congratulations to Kellsei Tate (Western Kentucky University) and Maelee Fleming (Western Kentucky University) on being named the winners of the 2016 Rising Professional Case Study Competition at the 2016 KAHO Annual Conference. As the winners, Kellsei and Maelee will receive complimentary registration for the 2017 KAHO Annual Conference.

Congratulations also go out to Justavian Tillman (Western Kentucky University) and Ceanna Baker (Eastern Kentucky University) for finishing as the runner-up in the competition.

Thank you all of the participants for their hard work and effort during the competition.

Thank you to Graduate Student Representative, Dee Hawks (Western Kentucky University), for her hard work in organizing the competition.

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2016 KAHO Service Award Recipients

 

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During the 2016 Annual Conference, the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers recognized the recipients of the 2016 KAHO Service 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 2016 KAHO Service Award was awarded to:

  • Sylvia Johnson (Bellarmine University)
  • Alicia Klopher (Berea College)
  • Tina Belcher (Eastern Kentucky University)
  • Debbie Moore (Midway University)
  • Leslie Barger (Morehead State University)
  • Victoria Suttmiller (Northern Kentucky University)
  • Kameron Lackey (St. Catharine College)
  • Megan Wall (Transylvania University)
  • Lauren Doerner (University of Kentucky)
  • Evan Keil (University of Louisville)
  • Pam West (Western Kentucky University)

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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2016 Outstanding RA Award Recipients

 

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During the 2016 Annual Conference, the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers recognized the recipients of the 2016 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 2016 KAHO Outstanding Resident Advisor Award was awarded to:

  • Austin Adam (Bellarmine University)
  • Laura Cleek (Eastern Kentucky University)
  • Turner Altman (Georgetown College)
  • Laurel Payne (Kentucky Christian University)
  • Sarah Hoke (Midway University)
  • Zack White (Morehead State University)
  • Anna Yockey (Northern Kentucky University)
  • Michaela Patton (Spalding University)
  • Kendall Troutman (Sullivan University)
  • Hannah Weber (Transylvania University)
  • Uriah Carter (University of Kentucky)
  • Peyton Parker (University of Louisville)
  • Catelyn Stanley (Western Kentucky University)

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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KAHO 2016 is Almost Here!

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Stay on top of all the information and updates for and from the 2016 KAHO Conference!

2016 Conference Guidebook link: www.guidebook.com/g/kaho2016/
2016 Conference Website: www.wku.edu/housing/kaho/
2016 Conference Facebook: www.facebook.com/2016KAHO/
2016 Conference Twitter: #KAHO2016
KAHO Website: www.kentuckyhousingofficers.org/
KAHO Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialKAHO
KAHO Twitter: www.twitter.com/OfficialKAHO
KAHO Instagram: www.instagram.com/officialkaho/

 

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Governing Council Elections

Calling all of Kentucky’s Finest!

KAHO is currently accepting nominations for individuals interested in serving as part of the KAHO Governing Council. The Governing Council serves as the leadership for the organization, representing its members from across the state and determining the direction for the organization. From the entry-level grad student to the experienced professional, there are leadership opportunities available to anyone interested in being an integral part of shaping KAHO’s future.

Click here to view information about available Governing Council positions that will be up for election at the 2016 KAHO Conference. Elections will be held during the Business Meeting at the conference.

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Proposed Amendments to the KAHO Constitution

Click here to view the proposed amendments to the KAHO Constitution that will considered at the 2016 KAHO Conference.

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