Allyson Hollenbeck not only serves as the Director of Recognition in the Dr. Neil
Potter Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and the Advocacy
Chair in the Residence Hall Association (RHA), but she juggles both of these roles
while spending 20+ additional hours a week working as a Resident Assistant (RA)
in McConnell Hall. Despite the fact that Allyson serves in three of the most
demanding jobs on campus, she has never once dropped the ball in any of her
complex positions. She excels beyond belief and sets a high precedent that will be
difficult for any successor to follow when she graduates this month.|
Allyson has been involved with NRHH for the majority of her undergraduate
career, and she utilizes her experiences to continue improving our chapter for
future members. She contributed to every piece of legislation written this
semester and even took the lead on Active Membership and Executive Board
Duties. Helping with legislation is not required of Allyson according to her
constitutional duties; however, she takes on an active role in the growth and
development of our governing documents because she has true vision for the
future of this organization.
Allyson always goes above and beyond in her duties as the Director of
Recognition. Not only did she create an OTM Presentation that is being used by
schools all over the IACURH region, but she actively works to educate students at
Northern Arizona University (NAU) about the importance of OTMs. She also
implements recognition projects in NRHH general meetings, such as thank-you
cards to the NAU Police Department, to continue exposing members to different
types of recognition and why it is so impactful.
However, Allyson’s work in the month of April truly demonstrated her
determination as a leader. At the end of the Fall 2018 semester, the NRHH
President was forced to resign. The Director of Public Relations and Recruitment
(DPRR) at the time applied for the presidency and was selected, leaving her
position vacant. I decided to apply and was chosen as the new DPRR for the Dr.
Neil Potter Chapter of NRHH. Due to the urgent circumstances, I received little to
no training for the role, and because of this, I came into the second semester
without the knowledge required to plan the Spring 2019 Induction Ceremony. I
truly could not have done it without Allyson, who immediately jumped in to help
me. She answered every single one of my questions throughout the planning
process, even when I texted her at 2:00 in the morning. She helped me write the
script and create the presentation, taught me how to use a Purchase Order (PO),
and helped me research and order food that would fit the necessary dietary
accommodations required for attendees. She always offered to help and
consistently provided guidance without any judgement or questions asked.
In April, Allyson also initiated and spearheaded a new award, the Semester
Standout Award. She was passionate about recognizing members who did not
qualify for the NRHH Member of the Year Award because they were either
studying abroad or did not get inducted into our chapter until the second
semester. Everything that Allyson did this month made it clear that she genuinely
cares about NRHH and its members.
Allyson Hollenbeck is a true leader in every aspect of the word. People don’t
acknowledge her nearly enough for all her hard work, and she truly deserves so
much recognition for everything she does, both outwardly and behind the scenes.
I truly do not know what the Dr. Neil Potter Chapter will do without her next year.
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