Regional Winner
Month: August 2013


Advisor of the Month

School: Eastern Illinois University Region: GLACURH
Nominee: Michael King Nominator: Lianna Campos

On-Campus Population: 3200 Chapter Size: 20

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

In the face of a new environment, it is simple to fall back on past experiences in order to make something foreign into something familiar. To walk into a new setting, willing to adapt and able to flourish, is characteristic of a remarkable leader who puts first the needs and desires of those he advises. During the month of August, Michael King has been this type of advisor. Michael King went from being advisor for the 2012-2013 Council of the Year (Carman Hall) to being the advisor for 2013-2014 Taylor Hall Council. In this last month, Michael has not only become thoroughly invested in the workings of Taylor Hall but has also been cognizant and weary of starting sentences with the phrase “in hall council last year.” Michael has also been diligent in asking returning residents what did and did not work in Taylor Hall last year, showing his dedication to this group of students. As Taylor Hall Council president, Michael’s contributions as an advisor have affected me personally. He is encouraging and willing to try new things. For example, when meeting with fellow executive board members to try to come up with this year’s opening hall council program, Michael asked what last year’s program was. After learning that it was a murder mystery combined with an ice cream social, and listening to input from executive board members, Michael suggested doing an ice cream float social. While the program was similar to something both Taylor and Carman hall councils had done previously, Michael championed for a program that would be different enough to be appealing to this year’s residents. As a result over one hundred residents attended the opening program. Furthermore, Michael has helped to shape a new election system for Taylor Hall Council effective this school year. Something discussed during an executive board meeting was how to make the nomination process fair and unbiased while working to procure candidates that will be dedicated to hall council. Recognizing the need to fill six positions for this year’s hall council, Michael suggested an application combined with a blind nomination tailored to our hall. Applications were made available to interested residents and we are now headed into election week with nineteen nominees. Michael has also advocated for a new way to keep a running attendance at programs by doing so in a way that lets the executive board know who hall council is reaching. During the month of August, Michael’s actions and adaptations have shown how strong of an advisor he is and have made a lasting impact on Taylor Hall Council. Michael King recognizes the needs of Taylor Hall residents and of Taylor Hall Council. Instead of trying to change this foreign situation into one that is more familiar, he has taken this last month to get to know the needs and desires specific to Taylor Hall. Above all, his willingness and ability to adapt in this new environment are deserving of reverence and imitation, making Michael King worthy of being Advisor of the Month for August.

Word Count: 506

Date of entry into database: 2013-08-31 23:36:26

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