The UNCG Residence Hall Association was named “School of the Year” by the North Carolina Association of Residence Halls during its annual conference in February. The award, the highest given by the organization, recognizes RHA’s work to become a premier student organization at UNCG.

RHA, whose motto is “Putting the Unity Back Into Community,” provides residents with advocacy, programming and leadership opportunities. The group created training events to help Hall Council members learn how to run an effective meeting, held planning sessions and trained new board members. It continues to increase attendance at hall programs and events. This year, during RHA’s annual Stop Hunger Now philanthropy event, members worked with the Office of Leadership and Service Learning and the Associated Campus Ministries to package more than 20,000 meals for international communities in need.

“RHA is not only creating campus leaders, they’re creating a residential community that has improved life on campus. This is critical, because both campus data and national research tells us that living on and being involved in campus yields higher retention and graduation rates,” said Cherry Callahan, vice chancellor for student affairs. “I’m so proud of the work our RHA students are doing to make the UNCG experience better and to make our students more successful.”

By Michael Harris