WACUHO November 2014 WAVES
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Letter from the President

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Hello WACUHO Members,

I hope this letter finds you and your residents well and settling in. Things are hopping here at Cal State L.A. We are in our second year with a new President and positive developments abound. In housing, we opened our first ever dining commons. “If you build it they will come,” it is nice to see students congregating in a public space with another opportunity to connect with those who don’t live in their apartments or adjacent apartments. What is new in your program?  Feel free to share on our WACUHO friends and family Facebook page.

The Finance Advisory Committee met in October and performed our annual internal audit.  We did well and I am looking forward to their recommendations. Thanks to all those on the committee, especially to Cindy Derrico of CSU Channel Islands for stepping into the role of chair this fall.

The Strategic Planning Task force is in full swing.  They are creating the first draft and will present it both the Executive Committee and Chief Housing Officers in December for initial review and hopefully to the membership as early as January for review.  The draft will be proposed for acceptance at WACE 2015.

Speaking of which, Dave Keller and Alex Belisario of UC Santa Cruz, Host Chairs, and all the committee chairs are preparing for WACE 2015.  The budget is being ironed out with the Executive Committee, folks are gearing up, and the webpage is slated for a November rollout.

Lastly, I am fortunate to have this crazy month bookended by attending RAPSs.  On the 8th Central RAP is hosted at Occidental College chaired by Roselyn Gardea (California Marymount University) and Michelle Davis (Fresno State). On the 22nd Northern RAP will be held at Sonoma State and chaired by Alex Jernigan (CSUMB) and Kyle Medley (SCU).  Both events are sponsored by energetic committee volunteers…and the energy from our RA, CA and RHA leaders will be sky high.  Luckily, just when I hit the doldrums of winter, Southern RAP will emerge (more on that later).

And that is the tip of the iceberg.  Stay well, stay involved and keep graduating our residents!


Stephen Fleischer
2014-2015 WACUHO President

Membership Drive

The 2014-2015 WACUHO Institutional Membership is open via RegOnLine at this website address:

If you are asked for a username and password, the database regenerates every year so you will have to make a new account. Your old credentials form last year will not work.

If you have any questions or comments about this process, please feel free to contact

WACUHO Treasurer


Academic Relations Committee

The Academic Relations Committee is a small, but ambitious group. We have challenged ourselves to maintain a presence in our community by submitting monthly articles on academic related topics. Our goal is to share information that helps you directly in the academic facets of your job and to provide you information that is beneficial to share with the students you work with. We are committed to the promotion of academic integration into Residential Life/Housing and have identified topics we would like to focus on, but if there are areas of interest you would like us to look into please reach out and let the group know. This month we have an article on working with faculty by Jenna Hazelton and an introduction/call out for information by Justin Vacca on one of the topics we have selected for this year.

Working with Faculty on Your Campus

Call out for Living Learning Communities

Sustainability Committee

Last month, we asked you what your department is doing to educate your students around sustainability or to improve their efforts around the same topic. We hope to feature YOUR departments in future WAVES to both spotlight your efforts, as well as inspire others.

Waste reduction Effort – In-room composting program, UC Berkeley

This pilot program debuted the Fall 2014 semester in 2 different residence hall communities – one suite style and one traditional hall style. At move-in, every room received a lidded compost bin, as well which is separate from their recycling bins. The buildings participating in the program have also had bin liner dispensers installed in common bathrooms for easy access. Students participate by composting their food scraps in their own room in the bin and then can take the bin out to the larger, outdoor compost containers, which have been placed in all the trash/recycling collection areas. This allows students to participate without making special trips or adding additional steps to dispose of the compost.

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It is RAP Season!

Here are the dates and locations of the RAPs this year, click on the links to be taking to the RAP's website:

Northern RAP – Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Sonoma State University

Central RAP – Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Occidental College (this past weekend)

Southern RAP – Saturday, February 7, 2015 at California State University, Fullerton

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