With the end of a year, comes stress and celebration. Classes are
winding down and exams are just beginning. May organizations across
campus are having their end of the year celebrations and highlighting
all of their accomplishments over the past year. |
While other organziations were slowing down, the Residence Hall
Association (RHA) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)
was still in full swing. Even after the end of the year banquet, RHA
still had many programs left for the residents to participate in. The
most important of these programs was RHA's annual Hawkbill Auction,
which is held on the last day of classes every year. Thoughout the year,
for signing into program residents receive electronic "money" or
Hawkbills which accumulate over the year and that they are able to
"spend" at the Hawkbill Auction on prizes as small as movies to as big
as an iPad. Each year the task of planning the Hawkbill Auction falls on
the VP of Administration and Finance, this year, Austin Myers.
Austin was elected to the RHA Executive Board in January with limited
knowledge about the organization and even less information on Hawkbills.
He diligently worked to learn the ins and outs of the organization, and
most importantly the importance of Hawkbills. In April, Austin set out
to begin planning the Hawkbill Auction. he established a committee which
met each week to decide what prizes would be given out this year. Along
with his committee he made a shopping list and planned a time to go to
Wal Mart and collect all of the materials for the event. A couple of
weeks before the event, Austin began his publicity to get as many people
out to spend their Hawkbills as possible. He sent e-mails to the
residents and hung fliers in every residence hall. He also worked hard
to spread the word of Hawkbills to all of the students to get the
largest turn out ever.
On the day of the event, Austin showed up early to make sure everything
was together and ready for the show. He delegated tasks to everyone on
the RHA executive board and made sure that everyone was well prepared
for everything that was going on. Throughout the entire night, Austin
could be seen interacting with all of the students who showed up to
attempt to win prizes. He encouraged them to bid for what they wanted
most and to attend more programs next year if they did not win anything.
Thanks to Austin's hard work, this year's Hawkbill auction saw better
prizes, and more resident participation than ever before!
Austin came into the organization with no information about what a
Hawkbill even was and left the year with a successful program under his
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