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AU RHA Earns School of the Year Award

During the largest snow fall the District has ever seen, AU’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted a regional conference. The No Frills conference, named for its strict business nature, is one of the smaller conferences of the year where usually only select RHA officers and advisors attend. This year only fifteen of the CAACURH (Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, AU’s region) schools were able to attend the conference while others were hindered by this winter’s record-breaking weather.

These 15 schools came together and provided detailed accounts of their individual Residence Hall Associations. The 20-page report they each had to submit cataloged their “goals, finances, programming, advocacy, national and regional involvement, National Residence Hall Honorary chapter, letters of support from faculty members and much more”.   

In AU’s Residence Hall report they detailed how the student E-Board (Executive Board) and A-Board (Administrative Board) collaborate to host functions like “Wings and Water Ice”, “Midnight Pancake Breakfast and Info Party”, and “Diversival”; and advocate for a greener campus with programs like “Recyclemania”.  There are numerous events on campus hosted by RHA to improve the student experience in all of the ten residence halls on the Main and Tenley campuses. 

Although some schools were unable to attend, they sent proxy votes for the School of the Year bid. When the closing ceremonies rolled around, American University was proclaimed the School of the Year for the Central Atlantic region. From here AU will be revising and updating the report they submitted for the No Frills conference and then submitting it to the National Board of Directors for NACURH (National Affiliate of College and University Residence Hall) School of the Year Award, which is one of the most prestigious awards given by NACURH.