2017 Best of the Bluegrass Award

20171006_132924Photo courtesy of John Michael Haky (Morehead State University)

Congratulations to Christina Reyes (Eastern Kentucky University), Kira Munoz (Eastern Kentucky University), and Ayanna Ross (Eastern Kentucky University) for being awarded the 2017 Best of the Bluegrass Award for their outstanding session Challenging the Status Quo: Changing Perceptions of Staff of Color presented during the 2017 KAHO Annual Conference.

From the session description: In today’s atmosphere, the struggle for staff of color to allow their voices to be heard is all too real. Unfortunately, while these voices go unheard, problems still exist for our staff and students. It is important to foster an environment that encourages all voices to be heard and supported. Come learn about the challenges staff of color may face and how you can advocate for changing perceptions as well as laying the groundwork for initial discussions on creating a culture of brave spaces.

Challenging the Status Quo: Changing Perceptions of Staff of Color will represent Kentucky at the 2018 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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2017 KAHO Service Award Recipients

During the 2017 Annual Conference, the Kentucky Association of Housing Officers recognized the recipients of the 2017 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 2017 KAHO Service Award was awarded to:

  • Connie Mitchell (Eastern Kentucky University)
  • John Michael Haky (Morehead State University)
  • Debbie Thomas (Northern Kentucky University)
  • Ashley Hill (Transylvania University)
  • Tyler Priest (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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2017-18 KAHO Governing Council

Congratulations to the 2017-18 KAHO Governing Council:

  • President: Leslie Maxie Ashford (Bellarmine University)
  • President-Elect: Dr. Anthony White (Eastern Kentucky 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: Ayanna Ross (Eastern Kentucky University)
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KAHO 2017 is here!


The 2017 KAHO Annual Conference is upon us! Stay up to date on everything that is happening at Berea College through the following means:

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There’s still time to be a part of KAHO 2017!


There’s still time for you be a part of the fun and excitement of the 2017 KAHO Annual Conference! The conference will take place October 5 & 6 in the beautiful setting of Berea College.

All the conference details can be found on the KAHO 2017 website at https://www.berea.edu/student-life/kaho/ and any questions can be directed to kaho@berea.edu.


Registration is still being accepted until Friday, September 15, 2017. Registration for Professionals is $65 and registration for Undergraduate and Graduate students is $30 (PLEASE NOTE that on-line payment may include a service fee). Register today by clicking this link: https://www.berea.edu/student-life/kaho/registration/


Lodging for KAHO 2017 is available at the beautiful and historic Boone Tavern in Berea, KY. More information about lodge can be found at this link: https://www.berea.edu/student-life/kaho/lodging/

Program Proposals

Of course, great events are only made greater when our fantastic professionals and students take the opportunity to share their research, knowledge, and wisdom through programming sessions. Please take a moment to consider sharing your research, best practices, and/or insights by facilitating a programming session for your neighbors from across the commonwealth. Program proposals are still be accepted and can be submitted by clicking here.

Who knows? Maybe your program can be named Best of the Bluegrass!

Annual Awards & Scholarships

As we do every Annual Conference, it is that time of year for us to also recognize the outstanding work and achievements of our staff and students at our institutions and across Kentucky. Each KAHO institution has the opportunity to recognize individuals from their schools through our Service Awards, and to nominate professionals and students for one of KAHO’s annual awards and scholarships. You can learn more about each recognition opportunity by clicking on the Awards link at the top of page, and you can submit a nomination for any of the awards or scholarships by clicking here

Nominations are being accepted now until Friday, September 22, 2017.

Governing Council Elections

At the 2017 Annual Conference, two KAHO Governing Council positions will be up for election during the annual business meeting:

  • President-Elect
  • Graduate Student Representative

More information about these positions, as well as general expectations, can be found in the KAHO Constitution. To nominate an eligible individual (including yourself), please email Chris Owens at chris.owens@eku.edu.

KAHO 2018 Host

As we prepare to experience wonderful atmosphere of Berea College at KAHO 2017, we must also start the search for host for the 2018 KAHO Annual Conference. Any school who is interested in potentially hosting KAHO 2018 can contact Chris Owens at chris.owens@eku.edu.

For more information about hosting a KAHO Conference, please contact Chris Owens at chris.owens@eku.edu.

We look forward to seeing all our wonderful professionals and students at KAHO 2017!

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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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