NACURH Winner
Month: September 2018

NACURH, INC.

Organization of the Month

School: University of Hawai`i at Manoa Region: PACURH
Nominee: Kau I Ka Hano Chapter of NRHH E-Board Nominator: Susan Hua

On-Campus Population: 3,450 Chapter Size: 34

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

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 giveaways!

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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Date of entry into database: 2018-10-08 20:21:23

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