Residence Hall Association
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The Residence Hall Association serves residents by creating a living and learning experience within University-owned residence halls. The intention of the Residence Hall Association is to promote student intellectual, educational, cultural, physical, and social welfare; design and facilitate programs and informational services to all residents; and provide opportunities for residents to achieve fuller participation in our campus community through leadership growth and development. The Residence Hall Association serves as a representative body and voice between residents and the Associated Students, University Administration, student organizations, residence hall staff, and the Chico community.
The Residence Hall Association is one of the largest student-run organizations on the CSU, Chico campus, representing over 2,000 residents. RHA extends its efforts and influence with the aid of our regional affiliation with PACURH (Pacific Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls) and our national affiliation with NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls).
At California State University, Chico we have the pleasure of being one piece of a nationwide, student run, organization that represents students living in University-owned residence halls. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is responsible for representing the over 2,000 residents housed in the residential communities at CSU, Chico. The Residence Hall Association strives to be “the voice of the residents” through programming, philanthropy, confronting concerns, attending conferences, and guiding the community Hall Councils in the pursuit of leadership. These procedures are initiated, run, and funded by the residents.
As one of the largest student-run organizations on campus, RHA strives to provide a sense of overall community to all students living within the residence halls. RHA is affiliated both regionally with The Pacific Affiliation of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH) and nationally with the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). These affiliations keep California State University, Chico RHA connected to many universities and colleges across the United States and Canada. These connections offer a wealth of information, ideas, and networking abilities to all students within RHA.
RHA Learning Outcomes
Student leaders who participate in the Residence Hall Association executive board will learn to:
- Demonstrate, articulate, and reflect on their responsibility in accomplishing the organization’s mission, purpose, and goals
- Demonstrate, articulate, and reflect on their ability to use their talents to make contributions to the organization
- Demonstrate, articulate, and reflect on their ability to learn and utilize their leadership skills to manage a program from start to finish
- Demonstrate, articulate, and reflect on their enhanced critical thinking skills that have been better developed since joining the student organization
- Demonstrate, articulate, and reflect on their organization/planning skills that have been better developed since joining the student organization
- Demonstrate, articulate, and reflect on at least four other personal skill sets that have been established by the student leader at the beginning of the year that have been better developed since joining the student organization
- Demonstrate, articulate, and reflect their positional leadership duties and responsibilities to the student organization they serve and its impact on the residential life community
- Demonstrate, articulate, and reflect on their unique positional leadership areas and the impact that it has on their academic, career, and life-long learning development
RHA Executive Board
Hey there! My name is Victoria and I am your 2013-2014 President! I transferred to Chico State in the Fall of 2011 from a community college close to home. This is my senior year, and while I’m not in the residence halls or the UHUB helping to put on large-scale programs, lead general board meetings, and be the outreach person for our RHA board, I spend my time on main campus. I stay involved and busy with other clubs and student organizations, as well as, in the classroom where I am earning my B.S. in Business Administration-Management with minors in Project Management and Entrepreneurship. After spending a year as a Resident Advisor (RA) in Chico State’s Whitney Hall, I found my way to RHA. I spent last academic year on the board as the National Communications Coordinator (NCC). I’m excited to be the voice and face of our RHA chapter across campus, throughout the halls, and in the Chico community this year. I really enjoy meeting new people and networking, so if you see me around campus, stop and say, “Hi.” I look forward to meeting you. It’s going to be a great year!
Vice-President: Kristina Barnsdale
My name is Kristina Barnsdale and I am the Vice President for the Residence Hall Association this academic year. I am a second year Wildcat and a Cellular and molecular biology major. I plan on attending grad school to become a veterinarian and specialize in either cardiology or exotic animals. I love being involved on campus whether through Up 'til Dawn, Greek Life, or RHA. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this year and really focusing on building the community between residence halls. Housing is where I started my leadership story and I can't wait to work with residents to help them start theirs.
National Communications Coordinator: Ashley McLaughlin
Hello everyone! My name is Ashley McLaughlin and I am your 2013-2014 Residence Hall Association National Communications Coordinator! I am second year student here at Chico State studying Exercise Physiology- aspiring to become a Physical Therapist. I am from Tracy, California, born and raised, and absolutely love Chico State. With that being said, I am very excited to put the "unity" back into community this year through creative programming. However, I am most excited to be the voice of Chico State at both the regional and national conferences in board room. I am anxiously awaiting to see what is in store for resident life as a whole for this upcoming school year. It is going to be a fantastic year and I cannot wait to meet and experience all that RHA has to offer with each and every one of you!
Financial and Public Relations Coordinator: Kevin Simonis
Hello! My name is Kevin Simonis and I am your 2013-2014 Financial and Public Relations Coordinator! I am from Petaluma, CA and I enjoy Playing sports, hanging out with my family and friends. I am a second year student studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Project Management and International Studies. Last year, I lived in Lassen Hall, and this year I am a resident in Sutter Hall. This is my first year working for RHA so I am very excited to see what we are going to be able to do this school year, and I look forward to creating an enjoyable housing experience for all of the residents. I hope to see you all at many of wonderful programs!
Social Justice and Community Engagement Coordinator: Maggie Herlocker
Hi there! My name is Maggie Herlocker and I am this year’s Social Justice and Community Engagement Coordinator. I am a second year student working on my Biology degree in hopes to attend veterinarian school in a few years. I lived in Sutter Hall last year as a freshman and loved it so much I decided to live there again. I am really excited for my position on RHA this year in hopes that I can be the voice of many and to ensure the inclusion of everyone. I’m excited to meet new people and to see you all at our events!
Assistant Leadership Coordinator: Mariah Atkins
Howdy! My name is Mariah Atkins and I will be the Assistant Leadership Coordinator this year! I’m really excited to promote leadership and growth among students who are interested! I will be working closely with the Residence Hall Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary and we look forward to seeing you at all our programs! I’m always up to meet new people, talk about anything, and enjoy a good laugh! Please feel free to stop by! I look forward to meeting you! GO WILDCATS!
Denise Crosswhite - Coordinator for Residential Life Programming
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My name is Denise Crosswhite and I am thrilled to serve as the Coordinator for Residential Life Programming. in this position I have the opportunity to develop programs to EXCITE, ENTERTAIN and ENGAGE you. From leadership to sports to service and everything in between I can guarantee you that there are more opportunities to have fun and become involved than you have ever imagined.
I am a proud Chico State Grad and have seven years of experience working on campus - I love this campus and the community. It's time for you to start making Chico your home - get up and get out - do something - you will be so glad you did.
For More Information
- RHA Constitution (pdf)
- Check out the University Endorsed Linens Program for Residence Hall Linens!
- To plan an event with us: Contract of Collaboration
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