“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration,
wonderful things can be achieved.”
Over the month of October I have had the privilege to watch a team
come together. Through collaboration and hard work, this team has
already begun to accomplish incredible and wonderful things. Each
team member plays their own role:
Liz Boyle, the voice. The leader.
Karissa Fent, the creativity. The cheerleader.
Elly De’Villesante, the organizer. The math wizard.
Tanner Padget, the dreamer. The dedicated.
Josh Cunningham, the realist. The do-er.
These five students have come together to begin working on a bid to
host the 2018 Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) for the SWACURH
region; and while they began in September, the work they put in
through October has helped them to be truly outstanding. From
spending weeks putting together the aesthetics of a bid to
brainstorming idea after idea and taking it all back to the drawing
board, I think that they have learned and grown as individuals as
well as a team.
Each of the five has their own outside commitments. From the
ultimate Frisbee team, being on the RHA executive board, being a
Resident Assistant (Community Mentor or CM at Oklahoma State) or
being a committee head for the internal budget within RHA’s Senate;
these are not students with loads of free time. However, these
students made the time. They met every week, often multiple times
each week to prepare, plan and perform the actions it would require
to potentially put on an amazing RLC.
Just a few of the actions performed throughout the month of October
include organizing a full regional budget, pitching and working for
departmental and school support, tracking down numbers and logistics
for all of the different hotels, meeting spaces, and dining options,
and making sure to keep things “fun”. Elly worked diligently to
figure out a rough draft budget and search for ways to bring down
the cost per potential delegate, she also was a part of the team
that went and met in person with hotels in the area to negotiate
prices (she even got one hotel to bring the price per room down by
almost $50). Tanner fought for the people, he always came to
meetings with new information and played a big role in the hotel
hunt as well. Josh has worked as Oklahoma State’s current NCC to
help make sure everything is within SWACURH policy and worked to
help make some of the “crazier” ideas a possible reality. Karissa
put together the physical appearance of the bid, reached out to the
different programming and mass gathering options, and contacted
potential key note speakers. Liz has been our constant voice with
the Regional Board of Directors. She comes every day to motivate the
team and to make sure everything is coming together. Liz has
continued to lead the group and takes charge in an encouraging but
The team continues to incorporate fun into all of their tasks in a
number of ways. For example, if given the conference they want to
start a Vlog to keep the region updated on the conference. They also
are having a blast planning the possible meals and appetizers (I
think I see dinosaur chicken nuggets in our future) as well as
coming up with scavenger hunt ideas. The group even goes as far to
be friends outside of the conference and works to spend time
together having fun. From the outside looking in I am so proud of
this group. I know with their "teamwork and collaboration, wonderful
things can be accomplished."
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