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National Association of College and University Residence Halls

The National Association of College and University Residence Halls Incorporated (NACURH) is an international organization made up of eight regions. The eight regions cover the entire United States, Canada, parts of Australia, Mexico, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates. NACURH brings together students who live in residence halls on college campuses to share ideas, resources, and best practices in order to improve their residential communities.

National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH)
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Founded 1954
Type Student organization
Focus College residential life
Headquarters The University of Delaware (Host location of the NACURH Corporate Office)
Origins Midwest Dormitory Conference, 1954
Area served
North America, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Qatar, South Africa, and United Arab Emirates
Method Chapter affiliation, information sharing, conference hosting
NACURH Chairperson
Megan Jimmerson [1]
Website Official Website

Contents

Mission & VisionEdit

MissionEdit

"As an organization, NACURH creates environments that empower, motivate, and equip residence hall leaders by providing them with skills and resources in order for them to excel and positively impact their campus communities." [2]

VisionEdit

"The National Association of College and University Residence Halls, NACURH Inc, seeks to create a network of engaged citizens sharing common experiences through residential leadership opportunities." [2]

HistoryEdit

In 1954, Iowa State University, the University of Colorado, the University of Missouri and the University of Northern Iowa formed the Midwest Dormitory Conference. The conference was the brainchild of Iowa State's Student Residence Hall Government, which felt that such an organization was needed to encourage the exchange of ideas and information.[3] All four schools sent delegations to the first conference, which was held in the same year. In 1955, the name of the group was changed to the Association of College and University Residence Halls (ACURH). By 1957, the organization had expanded to 11 institutional members.

A similar organization, the Inter-Mountain Residence Hall Association (IMRHA), merged with ACURH in 1961, necessitating a name change to the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). The association was split into two "associate" regions, the Midwest Association (MACURH) and the Inter-Mountain Association (IACURH), based on the two original groups. By 1963, the organization had expanded to 26 institutional members.

In 1964, the Pacific Association (PACURH), the North Atlantic Association (NAACURH) and the South Atlantic Association (SAACURH) were all created "on paper" to allow for possible future growth of the organization. [3] In this same year, the National Residence Hall Honorary was also created by NACURH. By 1963, the organization had expanded to 41 institutional members.

In 1968, the Great Lakes Region (GLACURH) was split from the Midwest Association of NACURH, bringing the number of regions to six. By this time, 130 schools were officially affiliated with NACURH, tripling the number of members from 1967. NACURH's mailing list also officially included member schools or contacts in all fifty states, plus several Canadian schools. The National Information Center (NIC) was also created in 1968.

In 1971, NACURH incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit under Oklahoma law, granting the organization and its associate regions non-profit incorporation. This change in tax status meant that the regional associations became regional affiliates.[3]

In 1980, the Midwest Affiliate was again split between the new Southwest Affiliate (SWACURH) and the Midwest Affiliate. This brought the total number of affiliate regions to seven. Institutional membership had also increased to 135.

In 1991 the North Atlantic Affiliate was split wholly to form two new regions for NACURH, the Central Atlantic (CAACURH) and the North Eastern (NEACURH) regions. This brought the total number of affiliate regions to nine, the current number. Additionally the 1991 conference held at Arizona State University was record breaking in terms of the number of delegates present, at 2,188.[3]

In 1997, NACURH and its Affiliates gained tax-exempt status.

Strategic PlanningEdit

In 2014 through 2015, NACURH formed a strategic planning commission led by members of the Boards of Directors per a resolution passed in May 2014. The purpose of the NACURH Strategic Plan is to provide a clear direction for the future of the organization and company. With a clear direction, NACURH commits itself to providing residence hall leaders with skills and resources that they need in order to excel and positively impact their campus communities. This group performed the NACURH Services and Performance Assessment (NSPA) on the corporation as a whole, and, as a result, created a strategic plan for years 2015-2018. The new plan outlines necessary steps to improve NACURH and the way it serves member schools. [4] [5]

NACURH OfficesEdit

NACURH Information Centre (NIC) (1967-2017)Edit

Created in 1968, The NIC was the business office of NACURH, Inc. The NIC's projects and responsibilities included: Maintaining the Resource File Index, updating and maintaining the national website, and keeping records of the dues of member schools. The NIC was merged with the NSRO to form the NCO following the close of the 2017 Annual Conference.

NACURH Services and Recognition Office (NSRO) (2007-2017)Edit

The NSRO was created in 2007 when it succeeded the NRHH office. The NSRO Office was the services office of NACURH, Inc. and served as a support office for NACURH. The NSRO was created to provide non-technical services to NACURH and its member schools. The NSRO was charged with creating and selling merchandise (pins, apparel, etc.) and creating and maintaining special national projects and developing other services for NACURH, Inc. as needed. The NSRO was merged with the NIC to form the NCO following the close of the 2017 Annual Conference.

NACURH Corporate Office (NCO)Edit

During the NACURH 2016 Annual Conference, Boardroom Representatives voted to combine the NIC and the NSRO into the NACURH Corporate Office (NCO). The NACURH Corporate Office (NCO) serves as the Corporate Headquarters for NACURH, and is the central contact point for all correspondence. The NCO takes on the combined responsibilities of the former NSRO and NIC. Like other branches of NACURH, the NCO is entirely student-run by volunteer staff members from the host institution. The NCO is hosted at The University of Delaware and the Current NCO Director is Tesa Stone. [6]

RegionsEdit

 
Regions of NACURH in the United States.
 
Regions of NACURH in Canada.
 
Region of NACURH in Mexico.

CAACURHEdit

The Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls is made up of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Qatar, Washington, D.C., United Arab Emirates, and West Virginia. Prior to 1990 this region was part of NAACURH.

GLACURHEdit

The Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls is made up of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. It was broken off from MACURH in 1968.

IACURHEdit

The Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls is made up of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Alberta, Canada, Saskatchewan, Canada, and South Africa. IACURH was formed from the Inter-Mountain Residence Hall Association, which merged with the original Midwest Dormitory Conference to form NACURH (then ACURH). As of 2016, per resolution passed at NACURH, Nevada left the PACURH region and joined IACURH.

MACURHEdit

The Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls is composed of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba. MACURH was formed from the original Midwest Dormitory Conference, which led to the formation of NACURH.

NEACURHEdit

The North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls is made up of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. Prior to 1990, this area was part of NAACURH.

PACURHEdit

The Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls is made up of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and Australia. It was formed in 1964.

SAACURHEdit

The South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls is composed of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the Bahamas. It was formed in 1964.

SWACURHEdit

The Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls is made up of schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico. It was broken off from MACURH as its own region in 1980.

Annual ConferenceEdit

Each year a school is selected to host the following year's annual conference (also referred to as NACURH Conference).

Past conference hostsEdit

 
Number of NACURH Annual Conferences held by state, including the 2018 conference. Note: The 1994 conference was held jointly by colleges from Arizona and New Mexico.

At each annual conference, the following awards are given out: [7]

  • NACURH Distinguished Service Award
  • NACURH First Year Experience Award
  • NACURH Hallenbeck Lifetime Service Award
  • Outstanding NRHH Member of the Year Award
  • NACURH NCC of the Year Award
  • NACURH RHA President of the Year Award
  • NRHH President of the Year Award
  • NACURH Student of the Year Award
  • NACURH Valerie Averill Advisor of the Year Award
  • NACURH Outstanding Advocacy Initiative of the Year
  • NACURH RHA Building Block of the Year
  • NACURH School of the Year Award
  • NRHH Building Block Chapter of the Year
  • NRHH Outstanding Chapter of the Year

MascotsEdit

Some regions have mascots, which make frequent appearances on T-shirts at national conferences and elsewhere.

  • NEACURH: Marty the Moose
  • IACURH: Funk E(dward) Monkey
  • PACURH: Jeremiah T. Frog
  • SWACURH: MALTO the Duck (formerly Swackdaddy) [MALTO is an acronym for Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma]
  • CAACURH: Campbell the Cougar
  • SAACURH: Louie the Lion
  • MACURH: Molly the Moo-cow
  • GLACURH: MOWII the Polar Bear and HOMES the Oar

The Advancement SocietyEdit

In January, 1982, the NACURH National Board of Directors (NBD) approved a resolution authorizing a NACURH alumni association. This brochure was designed to introduce the "Association of Alumni and Friends of NACURH" to the general membership.

At the Semi Annual Business Meeting 2016 the NACURH Board of Directors transitioned the Association of Alumni and Friends of NACURH (AAFN) to the Advancement Society. Creating new tiers and recognizing individuals who support NACURH. They also established a purpose: The purpose of the Advancement Society is to establish and recognize those who make individual monetary contributions to NACURH, Inc., providing an avenue to recognize others for their leadership in NACURH by donating on their behalf and generating interest money to support NACURH leadership development, recognition, scholarships, grants, honorariums and general financial support. And further listed the primary benefit of the Advancement Society is to provide contributors with recognition of their support. NACURH will solicit the individual's name, institution, permanent email address, years of involvement and short summary of involvement. [3]

LeadershipEdit

The NACURH Executive Board serves as the executive team of NACURH. The following are the executive for the 2018-19 affiliation year: [1]

Name Position Host Institution
Megan Jimmerson NACURH Chairperson Loyola University Chicago
Lena Schwallenberg NACURH Associate for Administration University of Florida
Greg Vass NACURH Associate for Finance University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Becky VanWychen NACURH Associate for NRHH Arkansas Tech University
Gracie Smith NACURH Associate for Development Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mary Gallivan NACURH Advisor University at Buffalo
Christina Aichele Conference Resource Consultant Illinois Institute of Technology

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Got NCCs? - contains history on NACURH
  • Winston, Robert and Anchors, Scott. Student Housing and Residential Life: A Handbook for Professionals Committed to Student Development Goals. Jossey-Bass, 1993. ISBN 1-55542-507-0
  • Dunkel, Norbert and Coleman, Jon. "NACURH Inc.: Sixty Years of Residence Hall Leadership" Thornson-Shore, 2014 ISBN 978-0-615-99402-4

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "http://www.nacurh.org/contact". NACURH.org. NACURH Inc. External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b "About NACURH". NACURH. NACURH Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Our History". NACURH. NACURH Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ "The NACURH Strategic Plan". NACURH. NACURH Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  5. ^ "The NACURH Strategic Plan 2015-2018" (PDF). NACURH. NACURH Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  6. ^ "NACURH Corporate Office". NACURH. NACURH Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  7. ^ "NACURH Awards". Retrieved 1 May 2018.

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