It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I nominate the University of Utah’s NACURH
2012 Display Committee for May Spotlight of the Month. Like the Avengers, our display
team gathered during the month of May, when things needed to get done, and finished the
project wonderfully. Before NACURH, each individual had his or her own part in RHA from
being a First Year Board Member to Sustainability Director. However, during crunch time in
May, Utah’s Avengers came together to create a display.|
Jenna, much like Ironman, used her creative mind to come up with ways to make our display
really pop. She made just the right additions to our display, such as the Swoop on the
mountain, and really came through at the end during our finally assembly of the display at
NACURH. Jenna came up with the ideas of how to make the torch stacks on top of the
mountains to add flair to our display.
Patrick served a role much like Agent Coulson did. He was always in high spirits and
available to help with all sections of the display. Patrick worked with everyone and
motivated the team to keep working through to the end. Even though he wasn’t an official
part of the team or committee, he helped paint the road and make monkeys for the display.
Taryn, our NCC-IT, went home to Laramie, Wyoming for the summer to take classes and
complete an internship. However, her impact on the committee did not go unnoticed. Even
from far away, Taryn, like Hawkeye, helped with everything that she could. She worked with
the committee to make sure that all eight regions were represented on the display as well as
giving input as to which University of Utah landmarks to put on the mountains of the
display. At NACURH, even though she was working hard to transition, she was able to help
get the display put together by the deadline.
Rob, our advisor, played a role much like the Hulk. He was around, but allowed students to
really take the lead on the display. He would give just enough input to keep everyone going
as a group. Like in the Avengers, Rob showed up at the end just in time to tip the display
committee over towards victory. He came up with how to assemble and disassemble the
display for transportation on the airplane to NACURH.
Last, but not least, Kristine was our Captain America. When splitting into committees, she
was the first to volunteer for display much like Captain America was the first Avenger.
Everyone followed her lead even though she wasn’t ever officially appointed as the leader of
the committee. At first, all of the opinions coming from the students seemed to clash. But,
Kristine took the strengths of everyone’s ideas and combined them to create a display that
everyone agreed would be magnificent. She was the glue that held the team together even
during the harder times. Kristine also put in numerous hours into the display. Anytime
someone was looking for Kristine during the month of May, she could be found in the RHA
office working on creating the best display possible.
When the University of Utah won the Large School Display Award at NACURH 2012, everyone
looked to Kristine to go up and receive the award. She had gathered and led the best display
committee for a conference that any of us can remember. The great teamwork shown by our
Utah RHA Avengers concluded with victory. Their impact on the University of Utah, IACURH,
and NACURH will be sure to continue in the future.
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