The Kau I Ka Hano Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) is going into its third
year. As the last two years have been building years, the organization
was fearlessly led by one President; however, this year, the
organization is fortunate enough to have a full Executive Board (E-Board). |
The semester started off rough with two storms that the university was
monitoring, but in the month of September, the NRHH E-Board hit the
ground running. With Austin Choy as President, Teddy Sarol as Membership
Chair, Aubreigh Sharpe as Recognition Chair, Joshua Hu as Service Chair,
and Amy Lowe as Marketing Chair, these five individuals are certainly
the NRHH Dream Team! After an eventful start to the semester in August,
the NRHH E-Board was finally able to mobilize to put on two programs and
support a departmental initiative in September.
On Thursday, September 13th, NRHH hosted its first ever “Welcome Back
Boba Bash,” where more than 150 participants came to partake in a cold
boba drink and engage with the E-Board, as well as NRHH members.
Residents stood in line, eager for boba on a hot evening, and as they
did so, Austin, our NRHH President, met individuals in line to chat
about NRHH. Once residents received their boba, there was a table where
residents could spin a wheel and answer a trivia question about NRHH to
receive a pen or an NRHH reusable bag. It is important to note that
while planning this event, the NRHH E-Board had first planned on using
our courtyard space, which is most commonly used for programming;
however, due to our second storm that had just passed earlier that week,
they had to develop a rain plan, which required use of a lobby of one of
the Residence Halls. This shift in venue caused some challenges, such as
the large line that formed and wrapped around the building and
monitoring the flow of traffic into the lobby; however, the NRHH Board
handled this in a calm fashion, even when having to sadly announce that
there was no more boba.
On Thursday, September 20th, the NRHH Board hosted an OTM Writing Party
to raise awareness of Of the Month nominations. Led by our Recognition
Chair, this event encouraged individuals to come and talk about Of the
Month nominations or bring a laptop to sit and write their nomination
for the month of September. The OTM Writing Party also helped to raise
awareness of NRHH as an organization through the distribution of swag
items and engagement with residents.
Lastly, on September 27th, the Department of Student Housing Services
hosted an Emergency Preparedness Fair, in which multiple campus and
community partners were present to answer questions about emergencies.
As this event took the place of a usual resource fair, both NRHH and the
Residence Hall Association (RHA) worked together to promote their
organizations while showing their support for departmental initiatives.
The NRHH E-board and members took turns tabling and asking trivia
questions about NRHH to engage the students that were present. As one of
the prizes was the aforementioned NRHH reusable bag, the activity proved
to be successful as students needed something to collect their other
As we look toward October, recruitment, the application period, and the
rest of the academic year, I know that this NRHH E-Board will continue
to do phenomenal things. I have no doubt that this will be a great year
for the Kau I Ka Hano Chapter, and I am proud to be the advisor of
amazing student leaders.
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