In the month of August, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) Executive Board at
Eastern Illinois University went above and beyond the expectations set for them as a
group of student leaders. From a campus-wide program to a presentation to housing
staff, they had a busy but successful month of August.|
The RHA Executive Board returned to campus for their August training eager and
excited for the year. They were prepared with tasks, program ideas, and a plan to have
a successful year. One activity that set the tone is that they all took time to put
together the reason "why" they joined RHA and want to encourage others to get
They organized some meaningful team building activities for themselves and took time
personally delivering linens from On Campus Marketing (OCM) to all of the students
who placed orders on campus. They were intentional, hard working, kind, fun, and
were quick to get their work done. They provided an above average level of customer
service for students, notably bringing linens across campus on Move-In Day to make
sure someone got them the day they arrived to campus instead of a few days later
when it came through campus mail. They did not complain, they simply buckled down
and did the work.
In addition to delivering linens, RHA presented to the incoming Resident Assistant
Staff and worked with them to share information about RHA, upcoming programs, and
events. They did a great job presenting to a room of their peers and helped highlight
information that they felt was most important to share with others.
Following their presentation, RHA Executive Board had a whirlwind week preparing for
the year and preparing for the student leaders who will be part of their organization.
On Move In Day they passed out water bottles and talked about ways that students
could get involved. They also passed out flyers to promote their first program of the
year. This program was Comedy Hypnotist Frederick Winters.
This was RHA's 16th time bringing Frederick Winters to campus. This year the RHA
Executive Board wanted to go above and beyond to highlight a truly successful event.
They had a door prize raffle, a prize for the Resident Assistant who brings the highest
percentage of residents, and also promoted the event to everyone they saw.
The turnout for the event was the highest it had been in 16 years. With more than 650
attendees, RHA had an incredibly successful event and kicked off a great start to the
year. They were quick to think of solutions when there was a rush of attendees and
communicated well during the event to make sure everything was done.
The list of other ways RHA went above and beyond in August continues past these
few examples. They put together an incredible plan for the year, delivered OCM Care
Packages to students across campus, bonded as a team, created a list of intentional
goals, focused on some new initiatives for the year, and planned some team building
for their board. They did all of this with a passion for the year and an excitement to
As an advisor it is amazing to see this group work together and prepare for the year.
They are focused, intentional, and excited about the work they are doing. I am proud
of their work, their focus, their dedication, and their interest in giving back. Sometimes
it's easy to forget why they are doing this work, and this board has focused their entire
month of August on it. Their effort has truly been "of the month" quality.
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