Salem State's residence hall association receives awards at national conference

Once again, the Salem State University Residence Hall Association (RHA) was recognized for the quality of it's leaders, programs, and overall initiatives designed to enhance the residential experience on campus. At the annual spring conference hosted by New York University, North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) handed out awards to colleges and universities in the northeast, including schools from New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Christina Alch, a graduate student in the higher education in student affairs program was recognized with a Silver Pin as one of the top leaders in the region. Only eight silver pins are awarded each year to leaders within the region. In addition to serving as a graduate student advisor for Salem State's RHA, Christina also serves on the NEACURH Regional Board of Directors as the Associate Director for the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). In that role, she provides oversight, support and direction for the 35+ NRHH chapters at institutions across the nort heast.

Ryan Vinnicombe, a first year business administration, was named Regional Board of Directors Choice for "Outstanding Student" of the Year. Ryan serves as the Bowditch Hall RHA representative and is employed as the mail assistant for Atlantic Hall. Ryan was selected over other nominees for his outstanding leadership, involvement and commitment to academics. 

Salem State University's RHA was named Regional Board of Directors Choice for "Outstanding School" of the Year. RHA was selected for the quality of programs developed on campus this year, advocacy efforts, the implementation of the Weekend Warrior organization, and the depth of leadership development intiatives the group has organized for emerging leaders. 

Finally, Danielle Morgan (assistant director of residence life) was awarded the "Dan Hallenbeck Service Award" which recognizes the outstanding and continuous service to NEACURH of a full-time housing or student affairs professional.  Danielle is finishing a three year term as the NEACURH Regional Advisor and currently serves as the advisor to RHA at Salem State. Through her extensive involvement in the NEACURH organization for the last eight years, Danielle was recognized for the impact she has made on student lives and the organization as a whole. In addition to her regional involvement, Danielle was also active nationally in NEACURH's umbrella organization. 

Salem State University's RHA was founded in 1999 and serves as an advocacy, programming, governing, and leadership development organization for the 2,000 students living on campus. NEACURH was founded in 1991 after an organizational restructuring and is a part of NACURH, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls which has been developing student leaders in the residence halls for over 50 years and has a membership of over 400 colleges and universities.