November 22, 2010

Housing staff, programs capture recognition

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Staff members and programs from Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s University Housing claimed multiple honors at the recent 2010 Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) Annual Conference.

The 39th annual conference was in Collinsville Nov. 7-9 with more than 365 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio attending. SIUC representatives are very active in the organization and co-hosted this year’s conference along with Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

University Housing staff won recognition in a number of areas. Tera Lippert, hall director for University Hall, claimed the Outstanding New Professional award for Illinois. Richard Scott Taylor, custodial supervisor, is the recipient of the Outstanding Facilities Manager award for the entire GLACUHO region.

In addition, SIUC University Housing received the Large School President’s Award recognizing the unit for its support of the region and the university housing profession. The GLACUHO also recognized two University staff members for their service to the association.

Tina Horvath, associate director of University Housing, served as the contemporary issues chair for GLACUHO during 2009-2010 and Brian Kelley, coordinator for Thompson Point, is the assistant chair of the programming and development committee for the association for the 2010-2011 year. Kelley will chair the committee during the 2011-2012 year.

A number of representatives from the Carbondale campus also made presentations during the conference, including two award-winning programs featuring Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, director of University Housing. Payne-Kirchmeier teamed with colleagues Laurie A. Berry, director of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind., and Stacy L. Oliver, assistant director of Residence Life at Indiana University-South Bend, to present the program “Engaging Our Students and Staff: Using Social Media Effectively.”

The program won a “top ten” programming award, as did a presentation by Payne-Kirchmeier and Ann Marie Klotz, assistant director of Residence Life at DePaul University in Chicago. Their program was entitled “Negotiation: It’s Not Just for Offers Anymore.”

Others from SIUC who made presentations during the conference included:

• Horvath, who presented “Using Professional Development as a Retention Tool for Residence Life Staff” and teamed with Lisa Ortiz, assistant director of residence life at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., to offer “What Does a Background Check Have to Do With Being a Professional Staff Member? Understanding the Recruiter’s Role in Professional Staff Selection.”

• Steven Yeagley, complex director for the Wall and Grand Apartments; Ericka Duckworth, hall director for Schneider Hall; and Lippert joined to offer “Learning to Get Along with A Roommate All Over Again: When Professionals Co-Supervise.”

• Sara Crawford, hall director at Thompson Point, co-presented “One on Ones: Captain to Sailor ‘Ship Tips’ for RA (Resident Assistants) Supervisors” with Julie Roberts, assistant director of Housing and Residence Life at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

GLACUHO is one of 14 regional organizations of college and university housing staff affiliated with the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.