Residence Hall Program, Students Earn Statewide Recognition
Remembered from the 2011 Virginia Association of College and University Residence Halls (VACURH) Conference as the smallest delegation with the most spirit, Mary Baldwin College’s Residence Hall Association was again recognized February 10 for their efforts in evaluating and improving hall programs.
The spirited contingent raised enough funds this year to send 10 Residence Hall Association (RHA) members — twice as many as the year before — to the conference at the University of Virginia. And once again, they brought home top honors.
hspace="20" vspace="20" align="right" />Among all presentations, or programs, given by represented by students and professional staff at the conference, MBC seniors Courtney Saunders, chairwoman of the RHA, and Justyna Bernacki, vice chair, were awarded best program at the conference for their training about how to increase participation in residence hall events by making them more interactive. The duo even shared their own program successes — the transformation of MBC game nights into bingo nights and dinner theater into the popular annual haunted house.
Nominated by her delegation and voted on by the VACURH State Board, Saunders also was named student of the year for her leadership, commitment, and perseverance.
“I am so proud of Courtney and Justyna for their accomplishments … they will be sadly missed next year,” said Cassie Doyle, director of housing and RHA advisor. “We can all be extremely proud of our entire delegation for the way they represented Mary Baldwin at the state level. Each of our students conducted themselves in such a professional, compassionate and highly spirited manner. They were a well-liked and welcomed delegation.”
RHA members are in charge of planning all social events, such as crafting and special dinners, as well as keeping tabs on necessary repairs.
The annual, student-organized conference brings together institutions of higher learning in Virginia to celebrate their successes, rework their failures, and collaborate on fresh ideas for their residential programs.
hspace="20" vspace="20" align="right" />With the Harry Potter-inspired theme, 2012 VACuidditch wURHld Cup , this year’s meeting included approximately 200 students from The College of William & Mary, UVA, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, Lynchburg College, Mary Washington University, Norfolk State University, Christopher Newport University, Emory & Henry College, Randolph Macon College, and Radford University. Katie Kelly ’14 said that the MBC delegation feels more motivated than ever to unite students after attending the conference.
“It was a great opportunity to network and build relationships with passionate student leaders across Virginia,” Kelly said. “By doing this, new ideas and perspectives were shared, increasing the likelihood we’ll reach out to the entire student body.”
The MBC delegation also included Jazmin Felder ’13, Jasmine Greinke ’14, Samantha Janovich ’14, Amanda Loretoni ’13, Becca Mayberry ’12, Marilyn Miller ’12, and Katherine Parker ’13.