March 09, 2010

Student honored by national residence hall group

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Winning ways are nothing new for University Housing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale but it is really on a roll already in 2010 with a national award winner.

Timothy A. Syoen, a senior political science major from Rolling Meadows, is the national executive board member of the month for the National Residence Hall Honorary. Syoen won the honor for January, according to the recent announcement.

National Residence Hall Honorary is the nationwide recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. The NRHH’s “Of the Month” program encourages people on university campuses to write nominations each month in recognition of noteworthy individuals and programs in a number of categories.

The Saluki Chapter of NRHH chooses campus winners from those nominations. They advance to the regional level where a group of student executives selects regional winners. The winners then vie for national competition honors. Award certificates at each level recognize leaders and programs and the impact they have on residential life during any given month.

Anthony Brown, president of the SIUC NRHH, nominated Syoen for the award. He praised Syoen for his work to create door hangers to increase membership, his efforts to devise amendments to bring the chapter’s constitution into compliance, and for doing a good job filling in as communications coordinator for NRHH and for the Residence Hall Association. Brown’s nomination also notes Syoen’s dedication and investment of time on behalf of University Housing.

The son of David Syoen, Tim plans to pursue a master’s degree in public administration after completing his undergraduate degree at SIUC. His intent is to become a public administrator. He works as a community assistant at Wall & Grand Apartments.

On his way to becoming the national award winner, Syoen won the campus and regional awards. He’s the third regional “Of the Month” winner from SIUC already this academic year and that ties a University record. SIUC is part of the Great Lakes Region that includes institutions of higher learning in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and part of Canada.

Other winners of the campus “Of the Month” awards for January, listed by hometown, are:


• Christopher Jones, Advisor of the Month, a second-year graduate school student majoring in recreation management. The son of Brent and Ingrid Jones, he earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is now working on his doctorate in special education or recreational therapy with plans to become a college lecturer and entertainer. He is an assistant hall director for Schneider Hall.


• Emily Ann Boyer, Resident Assistant of the Month, a junior Spanish major with minor in Latino and Latin American Studies. After graduation, she plans to join the Peace Corps. The daughter of Ron and Monica Boyer, she is a resident assistant in Warren Hall at Thompson Point.


• Craig Honda, Student of the Month, a senior automotive technology major, the son of Tom and Dianne Honda.


• Logan A. Lee, First Year Student of the Month, a freshman mass communications/undecided major. The son of Timothy and Dawn Lee, he plans a career in sports media either in radio, television or sports administration. He’s a student employee in the sports department at WSIU radio and working with audio/visual at the Student Center.


• Dorian R. LaFerrara, Spotlight winner, a junior psychology major, planning to attend graduate school majoring in psychology. LaFerrara is a University Housing desk assistant at Schneider Hall and parents are Marty and Leslie LaFerrara.

In addition, the campus NRHH educational program of the month was “mocktails” from Schneider Hall.