Throughout the month of August, the Residence Hall Association (RHA)
at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has worked incredibly hard
in several different ways, but, above all else, in programming and
membership recruitment, often hand-in-hand even. |
With new students (primarily first-year students) on-campus, all of
whom live in the residence halls, the start of the fall semester is a
vital season for RHA in recruitment of new members and the development
of strong relationships with the new residents on campus. The current
RHA Executive Board has started off the year incredibly strong,
putting on/being a part of 5 different programs!
To start, the Executive Board was around on move-in day, with a tent
set up for the first-year students who are moving in to stop by to
take Polaroid pictures (with many different props to pose with), to
grab some ice-cold water, and to collect RHA Executive Board trading
cards! The training cards were a part of a challenge the RHA
Executive Board put together in order to get the new residents
engaged. There was a total of 7 cards, one for each Executive Board
member, and if a resident could collect all 7, they received a prize!
Later, during orientation week, the RHA Executive Board put on Casino
Night! Casino Night is a program that RHA puts on every year (or at
least every year I’ve been here). It takes up an entire building, and
it is filled with fun and games, tons of food, and plenty of prizes.
At Casino Night, every resident receives a bag of poker chips that
they can then use to participate in different games throughout the
evening, from card games like Texas Hold ‘Em and Blackjack, to more
physical games, such as pig races. At the end of the night, these
chips can be used to redeem tickets, which residents can use to
participate in raffles, with all kinds of different prizes!
Also during orientation week, RHA had booths at both the Info Fair and
the Student Activities Fair. Both of these events are, respectively,
opportunities for new students to learn about the different resources
available to them and some of the many different ways that they can
become involved on campus. At both of these events, RHA had a booth,
where they were, again respectively, presenting themselves as a
resource to new students and as an avenue to become a leader in the
CWRU campus community.
Lastly, the RHA Executive Board put on several different Ice Cream
Socials in order to, above all else, recruit first-year students to
join their respective community councils! The ice cream was also
delicious and refreshing on a hot day, so it made RHA look like such
an awesome, generous organization for caring so much about residents
(which it is!).
At this point, residents had only been a part of the CWRU campus
community for just about 2 weeks, and the RHA Executive Board had
already introduced them so thoroughly to RHA as an organization and as
an opportunity for these residents to blossom into leaders.
This, in my eyes, is largely what has contributed to what has been,
arguably, RHA’s most successful recruitment season in several years!
In comparison to last year, RHA has twice as many applicants (90
applicants, to be exact) for community council positions, which is an
incredible gain for just 1 year!
The RHA Executive Board worked incredibly hard over the summer and
especially throughout all of August to make all of these programs go
smoothly, and it has paid off immensely for the Board.
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