Month: June 2017


Residential Community of the Month

School: University of Florida Region: SAACURH
Nominee: Murphree Area Nominator: Adam Turner

On-Campus Population: 9300 Chapter Size: 93

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

By far the oldest residential area on the University of Florida campus, the Murphree Area shows a commitment to the community building goal of our RHA to an almost unheard of scale. That’s true of every resident, resident assistant, desk assistant, and graduate hall director who lives in and works at the five halls that make up the residential area. All these people are dedicated to making Murphree the kind of lively home that draws upperclassmen year after year. Beginning on June 21st, our RHA held its welcome week for the summer b semester. Now Gainesville, much like the rest of Florida, has a reputation for unpredictable rain that somehow always manages to occur at the most inconvenient time. It just so happens that our RHA’s event on the first evening was an outdoor event involving roasting s’mores, jumping in bounce houses, and playing carnival games. The RHA executive board arrived at the residence hall almost two hours before the event was scheduled to start and at the time, the sky was blue. Once everything was set up, however, the sky turned dark and the first drops of rain began to fall. As soon as this occurred, it became apparent that we were about to be rained out. Having not anticipated the rain, we still wanted to hold the event, but didn’t really have plans for what people would do inside, as we wanted people to mingle while roasting s’mores. Luckily, that’s when the RAs jumped in to give us a hand. Not only were they able to move all the supplies from outside into the common room within minutes, but they had also rearranged the sofas and provided board games for our attendees to use. When they finished, the RAs returned to their hall only to show up with many of their residents who moved into their rooms. Despite the torrential downpour, we had an incredibly successful event with over 100 attendees with a large part of the praise going to the resident assistants and residents of the Murphree area. Our RHA received even more assistance from the staff of the Murphree area at our second event of the week, this time from the Area Coordinator who oversees the entire area. The morning of our event, we received notice that our department of housing’s conference services booked over us in the room here we were supposed to host the event. Naturally, this caused us to panic because we normally have to request the room a minimum of ten days in advance. However, Murphree’s Area Coordinator, Nathalie, came through and approved our reservation for that night. Thanks to Nathalie’s speedy approval and the help of the RAs yet again, that event turned out to be our most successful one of the entire week with more than 200 residents coming out to eat pizza and play mafia. Without the unending support of the staff of the Murphree Area, our RHA’s welcome week would never have reached the scale it did. The Murphree staff’s behind the scene assistance as well as their ability to mobilize residents sparked countless friendships among the new students, allowing the freshman to feel more at home.

Word Count: 529

Date of entry into database: 2017-07-05 18:59:04

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