Christopher Pahl is an excellent example of someone that jumps into
projects fearlessly but with a lighthearted attitude. Chris is
completing his first year as Hall Director of Murray Hall at UWEC, but
his accomplishments cannot be adequately acknowledged by that title
alone. During May, many of the organizations and projects he is involved
in achieved important feats and milestones because of his guidance and
Before this year, Murray Community Association has not had a reputation
for being particularly active. Attendance and dedication were two
problem areas that this year’s MCA addressed. This month, Murray hosted
a very successful end-of-the-year picnic. There was live music, a hotdog
eating contest, and many other fun features at this event. Chris’s
guidance helped to make this event so well populated.
RECing Crew, a new housing organization centered around the idea of non-
committal recreation for housing students, is also advised by Chris.
Since the beginning of the year, RECing Crew has put on over a dozen
programs. In May, the organization focused on The Amazing Race, a
program that will be jointly run by RECing Crew and NRHH. Chris helped
the organization develop a structured executive board for next year as
Chris has also helped serve as an advisor for UWEC’s RHA this past year.
Specifically, he advised the Vice President. During this past month, he
helped the VP-elect learn their position and keep the meetings on track
with the agenda.
Most recently, Chris served as the advisor for UWEC’s NACURH 2012
delegation. He did a great job at being helpful and observant of his
delegates, but definitely gave them space to explore everything the
conference had to offer for each of them individually. He attended many
different parts of the conference with his delegates and made
suggestions for next year’s delegation on how to be more spirited and
organized. His fun-loving spirit and relaxed attitude helped make the
conference a lot less intimidating and more entertaining.
Earlier in the semester, while attending WURHA, Chris and a few other
students discussed the possibility of UWEC hosting NACURH. Since then,
he has taken it upon himself to be one of two advisors for the NACURH
2014 bid team. Specifically in May, this required a lot of work. Chris
supported and helped the two co-chairs select nineteen committee chairs.
He attended the first bid team meeting and helped the co-chairs run it
smoothly. He has been a great resource for logistics. Even though he has
only been on campus for a year, his knowledge of the facilities and
creative problem-solving have already helped narrow down possibilities
for the conference. Chris has helped analyze many different theme ideas
this month. He also helped the co-chairs use their experience at NACURH
2012 to better prepare them for NACURH 2014. Bidding for a national
conference can be a very intimidating project to take on, but Chris
remained calm at every obstacle faced this month.
He was also inducted into NRHH as an honorary member this month. This is
probably a reflection of all of these accomplishments, his approachable
leadership, and his contributions to other projects he has done over the
year, including help facilitate a 9 week long leadership seminar. In
May, the organizations and projects Chris oversaw were especially
active. Even with this all happening in a short time span, Chris was
more than capable of advising all of them and being a great hall
director. Chris Pahl’s calm demeanor, persistent drive, and supportive
helpfulness make him a great role model and an excellent representation
of Advisor of the Month.
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