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National Residence Hall Honorary

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The National Residence Hall Honorary, or NRHH, is the premiere honorary dedicated to recognizing leaders in the residence halls ("dorms") and is as a branch of NACURH, Inc. [2] NACURH, as an organization, believes that recognition is necessary in a strong Residence Hall community. The National Residence Hall Honorary was founded in 1964 to recognize student leaders at universities.[3]

National Residence Hall Honorary
NRHH Logo.png
NRHH logo introduced in 2017.
FoundedApril 25, 1964; 54 years ago (1964-04-25)
University of Denver
TypeStudent Honorary
EmphasisCollege residential life
Motto"A leadership-based honorary comprised of exemplary residential students who value recognition and service." [1]
ColorsBlue      White     
Chapters240 [1]
Headquarters310 Haines Street, Suite 112
Newark, Delaware
NRHH is a branch of NACURH, Inc.

The honorary, although a national organization, has multiple levels of leadership. The most important level is established on university campuses through the creation of chapters. NRHH chapters recognize top leaders that reside on campus through induction into their respective institution's chapter. The NRHH chapter membership (per school) is restricted to the top 1% of students living in their residence halls. [4]



In 1964, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls found itself with financial difficulties. Jim Tschechtelin, NACURH Chair, began investigating possibilities for potential revenue sources and grants. Grants were found, but there were two requirements: a central NACURH office had to be established, and the member schools needed more services rendered. Thus, April 25, 1964 at the University of Denver during the annual NACURH Conference the National Residence Hall Honorary was created as an answer to the second requirement. [1]

During the preliminary organization, the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) focused on the incorporation of old into new. Campuses with existing honorary organizations were contacted and coordinated into the NRHH structure. The preservation of chapter identity was primary, as it was incorporated into the NRHH structure, and as each campus is aware of its own individual needs. The primary focus of each chapter became the recognition of the residence hall leaders on its campus. This helped sustain a consistent membership in on-campus organizations, as well as, on the regional and national levels within NACURH.

The years between 1977 and 1987 were years of growth for the NRHH. Pins and certificates were produced to recognize the members of the honorary, the tradition of regional and national receptions during conferences began and formal recruitment and affiliation packets were produced. Regional Recruiter (now called Associate Directors) positions on regional boards were also established. Many awards were created including Program, National Communications Coordinator, Advisor, Student, and Resident Assistant Of The Month Awards as well as the NRHH Outstanding Chapter of the Year.

Today, well over 200 chapters are affiliated with the honorary through the NACURH Information Center. Activities of the chapters vary from campus to campus. Some simply induct new members at an annual recognition banquet every year, thus, an honorary chapter. Others are extremely active on their campuses and in their communities, coordinating leadership retreats, conferences, socials, hall or campus wide programs, fund raisers, and a whole host of other events. Still others have found a middle ground which suits their campus. Membership selection is conducted by each individual chapter. [1]


At the close of the NACURH 2008 conference, NRHH became more connected with the NACURH corporate structure through the creation of the National Associate for NRHH position, which was added as a full member of the NACURH Executive Board, as well as the NACURH Board of Directors. This position serves as the CEO of the honorary and oversees all off the regional associate directors for NRHH who serve as executive officers of the honorary for their regional constituencies. Together, the National and Regional Associates for NRHH form the NRHH National Board, which serves as the international governing body of the honorary.

The current NACURH Associate for NRHH is Becky VanWychen[5], whose host institution is Arkansas Tech University.

The regional leadership is as follows: [6]

Name Region Position
Emily Murasso Central Atlantic Affiliate (CAACURH) Associate Director for NRHH[7]
Mary McNamara Intermountain Affiliate (IACURH) Associate Director for NRHH[8]
Becca Franssen Intermountain Affiliate (IACURH) Coordinating Office for Service and NRHH[8]
Rick Cazzato Jr. Midwest Affiliate (MACURH) Associate Director for NRHH[9]
Amaris Benavidez North East Affiliate (NEACURH) Associate Director for NRHH[10]
Katie Shigo Pacific Affiliate (PACURH) Associate Director for NRHH[11]
Mariah Neibert South Atlantic Affiliate (SAACURH) Associate Director for NRHH[12]
Clair Bailey South Atlantic Affiliate (SAACURH) Coordinating Officer for NRHH & Bid Development[12]
Elly Hardy South West Affiliate (SWACURH) Associate Director for NRHH[13]
Bella Oliver South West Affiliate (SWACURH) Coordinating Officer for Recognition and NRHH Development[13]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "About NRHH". National Residence Hall Honorary. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ Dunkel, Norbert W.; Schuh, John H. (1997). Advising Student Groups and Organizations (1st ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0-7879-1033-4.
  3. ^ Shepherd, Leslie (May 13, 2004). "Names in the News". The Washington Post. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "NRHH Lights the Torch for a New Beginning". Washington Square News. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "NACURH, Inc - NACURH Executives". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  6. ^ "Contact". National Residence Hall Honorary. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  7. ^ "CAACURH | Central Atlantic | The Team". CAACURH | Central Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  8. ^ a b "IACURH | Intermountain Affiliate". IACURH | Intermountain Affiliate. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  9. ^ "MACURH | Midwest Affiliate | Regional Board of Directors". MACURH | Midwest Affiliate. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  10. ^ "NEACURH | North East Affiliate | Regional Board of Directors". NEACURH | North East Affiliate. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  11. ^ "PACURH | Pacific Affiliate | Regional Board of Directors". PACURH | Pacific Affiliate. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  12. ^ a b "SAACURH | South Atlantic Affiliate | SAACURH Executive Committee". SAACURH | South Atlantic Affiliate. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  13. ^ a b "swacurh | Regional Board of Directors". swacurh. Retrieved 2018-08-27.