by Debra Johnson, Published February 22, 2012
YPSILANTI - Student leaders in the Residence Hall Association (RHA) at Eastern Michigan University have lots of reasons to celebrate after bringing home several awards from the Michigan Organization of Residence Hall Associations conference, held at Grand Valley State University.
The RHA at Eastern Michigan University won an award in every category it submitted a bid for, including RHA of the Year, Executive Board Member of the Year and Program of the Year. The RHA of the Year award is the highest honor a school can receive from the association, and EMU won this award for the second consecutive year.
"We have worked extremely hard this year, and are so proud of ourselves for what we have been able to accomplish," said Samantha Stamper, RHA President at EMU. She said award criteria include the structure and organization of the RHA, goals and programs accomplished, perceived student benefits from the RHA, community service, addressing challenging issues and involvement within the state association.
The Executive Board Member of the Year award went to Marisa Zanotti, RHA Vice President, for her service on the Executive Board as well as to the RHA, residents and campuses.
"Marisa goes above and beyond what she is asked to do and is truly someone the organization could not live without," said Stamper.
In collaboration with Dining Services, EMU earned the Program of the Year award for its "Late Nite Breakfast at DC Fun" program. The award honors a connection to residence halls, proven effectiveness, creativity, and uniqueness in a program.
Lance Vought won the Top 10 Program Presenter award and Stamper was presented with a Four-Year Service Pin as well as a Director's Pin for her contributions to the organization.
State association members include Central Michigan University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, the University of Michigan, and Western Michigan.
The Michigan Organization of Residence Hall Associations is a statewide organization dedicated to fostering communication and networking between the different resident hall organizations in universities across Michigan. It develops leaders who are passionate about making the living experience more dynamic and exciting for students on campus.
Visit http://michiganorha.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/award_guidelines_252011.pdf for a complete list of the award and bid requirements.