Though he is one of the University of Arizona’s nearly 9,000 first year students, Nathan Tack
manages to stand out. Few other freshmen have managed to be so involved. You can’t walk
into an RHA function without seeing him, and he is constantly ready to engage in a
conversation about Navajo-Pinal hall council. He so often seems like a veteran student leader
that it’s easy to forget that he has only been at UA for five months!|
Nathan’s involvement began in August, but January has been a month of new heights as he
pushes himself to get more involved. As an RHA Representative for Navajo-Pinal hall council,
Nathan is a reliable voice in RHA General Body meetings. He can always be counted on to
supply his opinion on controversial matters and to ask questions that others are afraid to. He
is a true advocate for the residents of Navajo-Pinal, and he constantly acts with them in mind.
As a result, he is one of the most trusted voices in meetings and his phenomenal
participation helped Navajo-Pinal win Button, the RHA spirit mascot, for the third week of
Nathan is also doing great things for his hall council outside of RHA meetings. He has been
the driving force behind one of the most ambitious projects that any UA hall council has
taken on this year, a Six Flags turnaround trip. Nathan has acted as the lead planner on this
project, and it was his idea to make it a collaborative program by working with two other
halls. He has spent countless hours reserving buses, creating a budget, and traveling to the
two other halls for meetings. It is his vision that has created the chance for 120 residents to
drive from Tucson to California for a day at the amusement park, and it will surely be one of
UA’s residents’ favorite programs of the year!
It’s not just in hall council that Nathan is known as a friendly and innovative student leader,
but across the campus, and soon the entire region as well! He has used January as the month
to supercharge his involvement in IACURH. Nathan is the Facilities Chair for the UA No Frills
2013 bid team, and he has worked tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming conference bid. It is
tough for any student to navigate the bureaucracies of U of A’s facilities management system,
and one would expect it to be nearly impossible for a freshman. But Nathan has surprised
everyone by coordinating his duties with ease, setting meetings with U of A staff and securing
rooms and technology for the conference.
Somehow, Nathan finds time in his schedule full of classes, hall council, and No Frills to get
even more involved in RHA and NRHH. Though he is not yet a member, he recently started
attending NRHH meetings to get involved with the organization, and plans to apply this
semester, now that he is eligible. Nathan is also stepping up his role in RHA by considering
running for an RHA E-board position for the 2012-13 school year. He has carefully
investigated his options by speaking with members of the RHA E-board and preparing for
elections with his usual enthusiasm.
It seems impossible that Nathan Tack can be in so many places at once, and that a first year
student could be so involved on campus, but he continues to amaze! He has certainly found
his true leadership capabilities in January, and is setting himself up to take full advantage of
them for the rest of his college career.
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