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Kent State Wins Residence Hall Awards

Posted April 28, 2014 | Emily Komorowski
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Pictured is Johnson Hall, one of the residence halls on the
Kent Campus.

Kent State University’s Black Squirrel Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary was one of eight schools to win multiple awards at the Central Atlantic Affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Hall regional miniconference.

The conference took place at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa. The Black Squirrel Chapter submitted five bids and won four awards.

“Historically, bidding has been done as a way for schools to showcase what they’re doing well,” says Lindsay Marx, assistant director for residence services at Kent State and Black Squirrel Chapter advisor. “Each school gets one vote, and they can choose to not select your bid.”

The chapter won the following awards: 2014 Student of the Year – Morgan Snyder; 2014 President of the Year – Megan Corder; 2014 Outstanding Chapter of the Year – Black Squirrel Chapter; and 2014 Programming Grant Recipient - Black Squirrel Chapter.

This is the first time the Black Squirrel Chapter has won the Outstanding Chapter of the Year award. Last year, the chapter won the Building Block Chapter of the Year award, which is given to a chapter that has shown the most growth.

“National Residence Hall Honorary on our campus was very small, but it has grown and has been extremely successful in the past year,” says Marx. “We have worked really hard to grow, so I’m very proud. For being relatively new to National Residence Hall Honorary, we have been able to see a lot of goals and visions happen.”

The Black Squirrel Chapter also has won multiple Of the Month (OTM) awards. According to Corder, these awards are “virtual thank you notes,” where you nominate a residence hall community and talk about why they deserve to win that month. Chapters can win on the campus level, regional level and on the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NAACURH) level. Since April of last year, the chapter has won three national OTMs and 17 regional OTMs.

Members of Black Squirrel Chapter will travel to the annual NAACURH conference from May 30 to June 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“When I ran for president of the organization, one of my goals was to make National Residence Hall Honorary fun and prosper,” says Corder. “Knowing all of our hard work has been recognized is overwhelming in a positive way because we usually like to recognize other chapters, but now we have been recognized in our efforts. I’m really proud.”