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April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’re glad you asked; it’s at the end of the year parties!

Every year each RHA Council is required to throw an end of the year party for the residence, which is FREE for all who attend.  This party falls on the last full week of the spring semester before finals (this year: Monday, April 25th – Thursday, April 28th).  It takes much time and detail to plan these parties, such as coming up with a theme while sticking with the traditions, making a t-shirt design, figuring out what activities, food, decorations and prizes to have, advertising the event and arranging help for a successful party.  The day the party falls on is chosen upon tradition—each council already has a designated day, however can be subject to change if need be.  Look out for this year’s block parties and the awesomeness they have to offer!

Visual schedule for the end of the year hall parties.

Theme: Flirty Flamingos
Where: Sheehan Lawn
Activities: Jello Slip n’ Slide, Henna, Caricatures, Bandana Bracelets, Pie your RA,
Volley ball Tournament, mocktails, music
Prizes: digital Camera, gift cards, summer things

Theme: Keepin’ it Classy
Where: between the new buildings
Activities: appetizers, lawn games, old time photos, throw a drink in your RA’s face, and music
Other: We will also be selling tuxedo T-shirts for $2.

Theme: Carnival
Where: East Lake Parking Lot, in front of Building B
Activities: food, games, prizes
Prizes: gift cards, digital camera, summer stuff and more!

Theme: Gone Greek
Where: King Street, between Morey-Shepard & Prentiss-Lucas
Activities: inflatables, costume contest, free massages, root beer floats, and DJ
Prizes: NASCAR game, gift cards, and food

Theme:  Western/Cowboy
Where: In front of Tau/behind Lourdes
Activities: 2 inflatables, live band, cowpie your RA, Photobooth
Prizes: T-shirts

*Note from all the councils: We’d like to thank you all for such a great year!  You helped make this year a successful one with all of your participation and fantastic ideas, we hope you come check out all of our parties because we’d like to say thank you for what you’ve done to support us this year and of course to have a little bit of fun!

– Kayleen Nymeyer


Blue. White. Diamond. Links. NRHH.

April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

On March 27th, 2011 at 6:00pm new members were inducted into NRHH.  What’s NRHH you ask?  Well it stands for the National Residence Hall Honorary, which is a group of students who represent the top 1% of students living in the residence halls.  Every year NRHH is in charge of recognizing outstanding accomplishments of students living on campus.  They participate in community service projects and conferences to represent WSU throughout the year.

2011-2012 WSU NRHH staff

2011-2012 NRHH (minus MiKayla Sanocki and Bridget Hoffmann who have ribbons around their necks, they’ll be graduating this spring)

COLORS. The colors of the honorary are blue and white. The blue symbolizes loyalty: loyalty to purpose and idea. The white signifies a blank page: a page on which a student writes the successes and experiences that fill their days in the residence halls.

SYMBOLS. The symbol for NRHH is a DIAMOND surrounding the letters of the organization and the three interconnected links, the chain of leadership.

  • Diamond:  the world’s most precious gem, signifies the value and beauty one finds in their residence hall experience.
  • 1st link: represents caring.  Leaders are people who care.  They are concerned about themselves and others, and are committed to making things better.
  • 2nd link: signifies dedication.  Part of the leaders commitment is the dedication to ideals and causes, which they display to others.  Dedication is an important part of involvement required to be truly effective leader.
  • 3rd link: represents participation.  True leaders participate fully in their academic pursuits, friendships, activities, and lives.  Leaders don’t sit on the sidelines, but are complete team players.

Together the unbroken chain symbolizes the never-ending leadership. As leaders we are inter-connected as caring and dedicated participants in the community which is Winona State University.

HISTORY. The National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), was founded in 1954.  NACURH was formed as a result of a feeling that such an organization was needed to encourage the exchange of ideas and information.  NRHH is a service organization of NACURH which firmly believes in the value of student involvement in all capacities of life in the residence halls including educational, social, and recreational realms.  NRHH was established in 1964 to give recognition to outstanding student leaders within the residence hall systems on their campuses, in their regions, and nationally.  Currently there are over 175 NRHH chapters nation-wide. NRHH is the only nation-wide organization dedicated to recognize this effort by students. NRHH chapters are organized locally on individual campuses.  Chapters are made up of 1% of the residence hall population or 20 students; whichever is greater.   Many chapters of outstanding leaders and university faculty and staff, hold socials, serve on housing committees, establish awards/scholarships and induct new members.


  • “IPPI” Chapter: Winona State University’s chosen name, which comes from Winona being on the banks of the Mississippi River.
  • Started in 1994
  • Membership Quota: 25 members
  • Membership requirements: GPA of 2.5 & have lived one semester and currently live in WSU housing.
  • Office Location: P-L basement

OFFICER DUTIES. President. Vice President. Treasurer. Historian. OTM Manager.


  • Preside over called meetings.
  • Act as official spokes person for the organization.
  • Submit an end of the year progress report with one copy sent to the National Honorary Office and one filed in the permanent files of the chapter.
  • Renew the chapter’s membership as a registered campus organization with the National Office through Residence Housing Association.
  • Shall act as the NRHH representative to all NACURH and MACURH recognized event meetings. If they cannot attend a substitute may be chosen at the discretion of the chapter.
  • Announce the officers newly elected for the next academic year. 

Vice President

  • Preside over called meetings in the absence of the president.
  • Responsible for planning and implementing the Floor Government Banquet and the Dean’s List Banquet.
  • Hold a minimum requirement of two social activities per semester for members.


  • Formulate a budget at the beginning of the year with the NRHH Executive Board, approved by NRHH, and revise it as necessary.
  • Provide itemized account for all transactions upon request.
  • Provide balance of account for the minutes.
  • Submit all financial records to the chapter advisor(s) at the end of the year.
  • Be the NRHH liaison to Collegiate Marketing (loft service).


  • Take minutes at called meetings; distribute the minutes and agendas to members.
  • Record membership of the WSU NRHH.
  • Create all necessary publicity/public relations for meetings and events.
  • Responsible for publishing at least one newsletter per semester that will be distributed to all members and all students living in on campus housing.

OTM (of the month) Manager

  • Promote and collect OTM’s for the WSU NRHH chapter.
  • Chair the OTM committee and submit OTM’s to the regional office.
  • Be responsible for preparation and distribution of Campus and Regional certificates for OTM nominees.
  • Run campus OTM meetings.

RECOGNITION. Every month, NRHH members are suggested to recognize individuals and programs that have contributed to making residence living enjoyable. OTMs are written at the campus level and then evaluated or “graded” at the campus, regional, and national levels. People who can be recognized include: advisors, organizations, community, executive board member, office/hall assistant, resident assistant, student, faculty, desk assistant, Chartwells employees/staff, etc.



  • Homecoming Week Events—Parade & Club Fair
  • Floor Government Banquet—Fall semester, honors staff, RHA members, and  floor government members.
  • Holiday Concert for the Hungry—Collect food, money donations, and usher
  • Dean’s List Banquet—Brunch style, spring semester, to honor residences who made the Dean’s List.


E-mail: NRHH@winona.edu

Visit the NRHH website for more information

New NRHH members for the 2011-2012 school year


Graduating NRHH members










Kayleen Nymeyer

Get involved with Hall Council

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

A pizza party, pajamas, and  a luau. These are just a few of the themes for New Hall and New Center’s Hall Council meetings.

Each week, New Hall’s council meetings have a different theme to attract residents. Every residence hall has a Hall Council meeting once a week. Why go to these meetings? It is important for residents to attend council meetings so they can learn about upcoming events in their residence hall. By going to your hall’s council meetings regularly, you can keep yourself up to date on the activities, issues, successes, and challenges surrounding residence life. It is also a great way to get to know people in your hall and your RAs and hall director. Most importantly, you can let your voice be heard if you have ideas or concerns about anything.

If you are interested in gaining leadership experience, running to be a hall council board member is a wonderful option. Positions are available for president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Elections are held at the beginning of fall semester each year. As a board member of your hall’s council, you will learn more about how the residence halls function and you will get the chance to listen to the residents in your hall while getting to know them better.

Attending hall council meetings is one of the best ways to get involved with your residence hall and get to know your peers. Get involved.

Speak. Lead. Explore. Learn. Grow.

Lauren Barker

Warriors in the Kitchen – Power Shake

March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Learn what WSU mascot Wazoo drinks to stay energized on the field in this week’s Warriors in the Kitchen.

This weeks episode was filmed in Maria Hall on West Campus.


December 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Every semester during finals week, all of the residence halls have 24-hour a day quiet hours.  This semester, 24-hour quiet hours will begin on Friday, Dec. 3 at 11pm.

Each day, there is a break between the hours of 4 and 8pm.  It is suggested that you move out, take down lofts, vacuum or do anything else that requires you to make noise between these hours.

Shhh smiley face

Please remember to be courteous of your hall mates and floor mates during quiet hours and even during the break.  Finals week is a stressful time for everyone, and everybody is studying and sleeping at different hours.

Thanks for reading and best of luck on all of your finals!  Have a wonderful winter break.

–Lauren Barker

16 Days of Activism

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

As each students comes to WSU they do not often know other people or much about the school they have rightly chosen. This is where each Residence Hall’s Resident Assistant come into play. To help students develop a community the floor Resident Assistant (RA) is there to come up with programs and activities for the students to participate in. These activities are focused to help the students:

  • create new relationships
  • learn a new talent
  • discover themselves further

One such example of this that happened this week was the 16 days of activism against gender violence. This is an international campaign that has been organizing to eliminate all forms of violence against women. For this specific activity the resident males came together to show their support in taking pictures of their hands in quoting “This hand will never harm you.” This was a campus wide event with RAs organizing meeting places and providing the cameras while the residents were able to help show their support of their female friends.

The really amazing thing about this activity was how the students were able to express their creativity in how they took the pictures. This is just one example of how programs help students further express themselves in the college and adult life. A few other examples of programs include floor canoeing, decorating the halls, Halloween bash, glee parties and team video games. These are just a few examples of what the RAs put on for the residents here at WSU.

For further information on how you can support the cause as well, visit the 16 days of activism website.

Kaleb Fincher

Looking for a Good Time? Why Wait. (No Pun Intended)

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

…When just around the corner your RHA Council is enthused to make sure you have a smashing time living in your Resident Hall.  What is RHA you ask?  It stands for Resident Hall Association (RHA).  Well, I bet you just thought, “Okay, big deal? What the heck is that?”  RHA consists of students just like you who want to make a difference in your living experience within the campus resident halls!

The Resident Housing Association poses for a group photo

Resident Housing Association: All of the councils from each building (including the executive board) at the Fall Informal Dance, Glow Out!

That’s why each month they entertain you with a program having either a social, educational, diversity, and/or service background.  These programs can range from bracelet making to pageants and from photo scavenger hunts to making scrumptious delicacies.  There are seven councils: New Hall/Center, Prentiss-Lucas, Morey-Shepherd, Sheehan, West Campus, East Hall, and the Executive board within the Winona State Campus so let’s take a look at the different ways they add pizzazz to your Campus-living-experience!

A college collage of fin times at Winona State residence halls.

College Collage: Pictures in correspondence with events each RHA Council found was successful. There are six sections, one for each council (not including the executive board). I asked the secretaries of each council to provide an event they each found beneficial and/or successful, below are descriptions of each event and possibly highlights or what made their event a triumph.

1) West Campus

West Apple Fest:
-RHA worked with the RA’s to put together this event filled with games and many food involving apples.

-This program was during family weekend and was a great opportunity to show parents that there are fun activities their children can attend throughout the academic school year and also great for students to meet others from the campus.


2) East Lake

Pumpkin Palooza:
-Residents were given one hour to paint mini pumpkins and come up with their best creation.

-When the time was up the pumpkins were judged, on creativeness and overall appeal.

-Those who created the top three pumpkins received subway gift cards as prizes.

-There were pumpkin shaped cookies to help encourage residents to participate.

-This event was meant to continue to build the social relationships of East Lake residents.  The living situation is much different than the traditional res. hall so getting residents out of their rooms is one of our biggest priorities.


3) New Hall

Diverse Pizza:
“New Hall/New Center hall council’s favorite program so far this year was “Diversity Pizza.” For this program, we had many different toppings from around the world that we used to make bagel pizzas. Each person that came chose from over 20 toppings to create their own unique bagel pizza with their favorite toppings or even dare to try some new ones. While we were cooking the bagel pizzas, everybody was able to socialize and learn what toppings came from which countries. This program went well because a lot of people came to it and had fun while learning about other countries and enjoying pizza together.” –Brianna Pearson, Secretary of New Hall


4) Morey-Shepherd

Where’s Waldo:
“For the event, residents embarked on a scavenger hunt with a list of specifications that required them to use their imagination and creativity around Winona. In order to complete the objectives successfully, they had to take photos of themselves involved in such requisites as “Something Scary,” “Defying Gravity,” and even “A Juxtaposition.” More notably amongst these interactive obligations, the participants scrambled across campus to find Waldo.  While still providing somewhat of a challenge, the contestants had a lot of fun trying to ascertain Waldo’s location, as well as accomplish the other tasks within the time limit.  Once everyone had returned, we viewed each set of photos through a slide show on a projector in one of our hall’s lounges. We dispensed a variety of treats and Halloween goodies for munching while the show progressed…we made a difference in promoting community involvement. We’d developed something sensational, and I think we look forward to our next event with the same anticipation. ”-Steven Gottsacker, Secretary of Morey-Shepherd

5) Prentiss-Lucas

Mr. Prentiss:
“This is a pageant for all of the guys that live in Prentiss. It is a hilarious show where the contestants will be judged in a talent and question/answer categories.  Everyone who chooses to come must bring a canned food item and the winner of Mr. Prentiss gets to choose where the food will be donated. The winner will also get their picture in the P-L lobby, gets to ride our float for Homecoming, and gets a gift card. We are not basing any judging off a person’s appearance, just how outgoing and creative they are. It’s always rewarding to know that a program you put on was successful, but to see the faces of the boys after the show made all the work 100% worthwhile. I’m glad we can be actually making a difference in our community through RHA.” -Winnie Jaworski, President of Prentiss-Lucas

6) Sheehan

Babes, Braids & Bracelets:
“The program was a huge hit! Everyone loved the bandanna bracelets, they were gone within the first hour and the string bracelets were a hit too! The girls all seemed to have a great time socializing, laughing, making bracelets, meeting new people, eating snacks, and watching The Little Mermaid.  We also made fact sheets with information containing cultural facts regarding friendship bracelets.” –Laura, Vice President of Sheehan

You can’t tell me that doesn’t look like a good time!  Make sure to take notice to the signs around your hall so you can become more involved and meet some pretty cool people in your hall you may have never known if you wouldn’t have supported your RHA Council.  And look out for events that will be held all throughout next semester, I promise after you hang out with us you won’t want to stop:

the Winona State RHA Council poses for a goofy photo.

RHA Council: “Just be Goofy”— photo again taken at the Glow Out.

On behalf of the RHA Council we all yearn for you to love the resident life!  If there’s anything we can do OR if you have any ideas for events don’t be afraid to contact us, you too can make a difference! ☺

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Kayleen Nymeyer

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