NACURH Winner
Month: July 2018

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Residential Community of the Month

School: University of Akron Region: CAACURH
Nominee: Sienna McArthur Nominator: Klay Kahle

On-Campus Population: 2,800 Chapter Size: 28

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

In the summer months, it is nearly impossible to see the impact or effects of a residential community. That is why it is very rare to have the opportunity to write a recognition for the work that a residential community has done throughout an entire month. At the University of Akron however, it is not rare to see a community go above and beyond even in the summer to make sure that everything is going as great as it could. This past month of July, the Emerging Leaders (EL) Living Learning Community had a very eventful and successful month. This living learning community is technically run through the department of Residence Life and Housing but more specifically the activities side of housing. The two people that have had the most impact on the community this past month are the EL director Sara Caris, and the Major Events Director on Residence Hall Program Board (RHPB), Sienna McArthur. The month started with Sara spending countless hours making the final touches on adding the final EL’s as well as putting all of them into the correct rooms before they move in, in the fall. Once the community was officially all filled, the Major Events Director Sienna created a Facebook page as well as a group me that encouraged the EL’s to communicate with each other and start making connections before even moving on campus. The EL’s immediately took hold of this new opportunity and started to introduce themselves online as well as communicate and talk with their fellow community members. This is extremely rare to see in students that are just coming off of their high school graduation and about to start one of the biggest steps in their life. This not only shows how well the supervisors selected students but also how well the community is designed to encourage community building and friendships among the residents.

The other amazing thing that happened in the month of July for this community was that they held a non-mandatory summer social for any student in the community to come and visit campus and see their room as well as meet the other students to make connections before the semester even begins. The reason that I put a specific focus on this being a non- mandatory summer social was because there was no enticing involved that made people feel like they were missing out from the experience beyond just a little bit of networking. With that being said we still had 74 students from a community of 110 show up to a non mandatory event for the sole purpose of just meeting each other and trying to have a great start to the year. I feel that this speaks volumes of the community and the commitment they have to truly living out the residential community experience. With having the attendance at the summer social increase by 185% from the previous year, it is very easy to see how special this community is and how amazing the people working on this community have done throughout the month of July. Overall, from the staff preparing, to the students taking the initiative to network and start the year on the right foot, this community has surpassed all expectations for a residential community in the summer which makes it worthy of being recognized as being the best Residential Community at Akron for the month of July.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-08-06 20:05:41

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