Members of the Residence Hall Association are headed to Southern Oregon University on Friday for the annual Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Conference.
PACURH is a student based organization that promotes diversity leadership within the communities of different universities.
Forty-seven schools from the western United States participate in the conference, where they learn networking and leadership skills.
The conference is also a good time to see what other school’s RHAs are doing to try and better their schools.
RHA will be going to the conference in hopes of doing something no other school has done before, win their fifth spirit award in a row.
The Spirit Award is given to the school that goes above and beyond in getting into the conference theme, their philanthropy and showing their school spirit.
“We would like for other schools to see how it would feel to win, but on the other hand we still want to win,” RHA president Jennifer Juhasz said. “Our delegation is showing a lot of enthusiasm. They’re really excited.”
Juhasz and seven other students will represent the University of La Verne in Oregon, all of whom are experiencing the same feeling as the conference nears excitement.
“I’m super excited,” Roxanne Gonzalez, junior delegate, said. “I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited for our new delegates.”
“This is something I look to do in the future, so I am really looking forward to this,” Chris Pulu, freshman delegate, said.
La Verne’s dominance over other schools in the last four years has made them a house hold name at PACURH.
Different universities come to the La Verne delegation and ask them for advice on how to improve their school’s resident’s halls.
“We’re feeling good,” Alan Hernandez, delegate, said. “When we go to PACURH everyone knows who La Verne is. We’re small but mighty.”
Despite the lack of recognition from their own school, the La Verne delegation does not let that discourage or ruin their excitement for the conference.
“RHA isn’t the most popular group on campus,” Gonzalez said. “So, people knowing who we are at PACURH is pretty cool.”
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