The executive board of the Boomer Chapter of the National Residence Hall
Honorary exemplified the four pillars of NRHH in April. In a month full
of events for the department and celebrations for National Residence
Hall Month, this board planned and implemented until they were
exhausted, all for the love of their campus’s leaders, organization, and
pride in NRHH.|
Every week in April, the Boomer Chapter was programming. The first week
began an attendance challenge for the General Assembly. This entailed
the Administrative Vice President keeping track of, not only attendance
at General Assembly meetings, but any NRHH-sponsored event. The prize
for this was a digital camera and it increased competition between members.
The second week was our chapter’s Recruitment Week. This team effort was
led by our Service Chairperson. Our theme, “Diamonds Are Forever”,
raised awareness of one of our organization’s important symbols, but we
put a twist on it that a male demographic could identify with. We
decided to put a James Bond spin on the theme, and planned events around
it. There was a student leader dinner in one of our conference rooms.
The next night was our James Bond: Diamonds Are Forever themed General
Assembly. On Wednesday, we supported one of our Hall Council’s
campus-wide programs by sponsoring a table at their annual Root Beer
Kegger, an alcohol-education event. We gave information about a local
designated-driver program and shoulder-tapped student leaders who
visited and gave them applications. On Thursday, we did a Murder Mystery
Dinner, similar to Mafia, but more scripted. As a result of this
recruitment week, we had sixteen member applications.
Even though the board had a busy week, they kept on into the weekend to
conduct interviews for prospective members. The board spent many hours
interviewing and discussing each applicant as a group. It was a
time-intensive process, but their ability to stay focused, unbiased, and
dedicated to NRHH was admirable.
At the end of the third week, the chapter had a Graduate School
Information Panel. The Scholarship Chairperson invited the Associate
Director of Residence Life, a current student in his second year of a
Master’s program, and a recently graduated student who had just finished
the graduate school application jungle. It was very successful and the
speakers had lots of information for our attendees. This program would
not have happened without the Scholarship Chairperson and the teamwork
of the board.
The third weekend saw our department’s Spring Training event. The
Recognition Chairperson, in order to reward the Resident Assistant and
Residential Programming Assistants’ hard work, decided to have the
monthly student leader social on that Sunday. “Planting the Seeds of
Leadership” was an event where participants painted terracotta pots and
planted flowers. It was well-attended and successful. Its success would
not have happened if not for the dedication of the board, who themselves
were going through the training and were short on time that weekend.
The last week of April was the Leadership and Service Chairpersons’ time
to shine. The Leadership Chairperson did her monthly Building Leaders
Together series, in which the topic was conflict mediation. Service
implemented a “Spring Into Service” week. On Tuesday, students traveled
to Springfield’s Convoy of Hope and stuffed food bags for two hours. On
Wednesday and Thursday, there was a successful bake sale in which the
funds went to the local Habitat for Humanity. Through the hard work of
the Boomer Chapter and its Leadership and Service Chairpersons, they
increased conflict awareness, and raised 150% more money than expected
Besides helping with this month’s full schedule of activities, the
President worked quite diligently to revise our Constitution and
By-Laws. She acted as liaison between administration, the board, and the
GA in order to incorporate everyone’s ideas and produce an amazing,
up-to-date Constitution for our organization.
All of these activities have helped the Boomer Chapter get its name out
on campus, and I’m sure all of these events helped bring in one of the
biggest induction classes we’ve had in a long time.
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