Alyssa Gowan serves as the Residence Hall Association (RHA) Activities
Director for Ball State University. Alyssa’s role encapsulates the
planning and execution of passive and active programs for the residence
hall community on behalf of RHA. During the quick but hectic month of
December 2018, Alyssa consistently went above and beyond to deliver
outstanding programs for students in the days leading up to finals, she
provided terrific insights for the RHA Executive Board discussions, and
she was a phenomenal leader for her Programming Committee. |
Alyssa’s first task for the month was tracking down and delivering
prizes to the winners of RHA’s annual “Crib Contest”. The contest ended
in late November and encouraged residents to decorate their room or
apartment and post the picture on social media, tagging RHA. After the
contest, Alyssa acquired prizes for the winners and connected with the
top vote-getters from the competition to award them RHA swag and other
prizes. Alyssa was able to conclude the contest by appreciating the
participants, recognizing the winners, and generating positive
publicity for RHA, allowing the organization to connect with residents
and further RHA’s mission.
Alyssa’s main project of the month was RHA’s second-largest annual
event, Holiday Bash. Holiday Bash occurs the Thursday night before
finals and provides a festive, holiday-inclusive atmosphere for
students to socialize and relax prior to their extended studies.
Leading up to the event, Alyssa coordinated the designing and
purchasing of the popular “Ugly Sweater”, long-sleeve, holiday shirts,
along with the acquisition of food and decorations. During the hours of
the event, Alyssa helped keep RHA Representatives engaged by providing
manageable tasks and checking up on everyone to ensure they were in a
position to be successful and also enjoy the event.
During this busy time, Alyssa organized a second major event in the
final week of the semester. RHA hosted an Escape Room event on the
Saturday before finals week. This event offered students an afternoon
off-campus at a local escape room at no out-of-pocket cost. Alyssa, in
coordination with her advisor, worked with Transportation Services on
campus, as well as Legal Services to complete the necessary paperwork
and procedures to offer transportation to and from the escape room.
Additionally, Alyssa discussed a fiscally-responsible arrangement with
the escape room allowing RHA to reserve all of the rooms but only pay
for the number of students who actually showed up. Her efforts saved
about $250 as a few students did not attend after signing up.
Finally, Alyssa’s leadership is apparent as she puts in the behind-the-
scenes work to make RHA’s programming successful. She meets regularly
with the Public Relations Director and Vice President of Programming to
ensure they are all on the same page about what lies ahead.
Additionally, she empowers her Programming Committee to be a part of
the planning process and delegates effectively during setup, tear down,
and during the actual events. As the semester closed, she began looking
into tactics to improve programming and RHA’s visibility into the
future, showing a long-term vision to best serve residents.
Ball State had one week of classes and one week of finals during
December 2018, creating a difficult set of circumstances to be an
effective RHA Executive Board Member with all of the other pressing
issues of wrapping up classes and preparing for Winter Break. However,
she not only met expectations but she did everything in her power to
ensure both of RHA’s December programs were successful. In appreciation
of her outstanding and selfless work during a challenging month, Alyssa
Gowan should be recognized as the Executive Board Member of the Month
for December 2018.
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