WELCOME FROM YOUR RHA!

Sunset over residence halls.

Dear Residents:

To all of you who are new to our campus, Welcome! To those of you returning, Welcome Back!

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) would like to welcome everyone to the Home of the Nanooks! We look forward to building a community together that makes our Fairbanks campus feel like your home away from home!

RHA is a student-led organization made up of residents like you. In fact, if you are new, you have already joined your first club as all on-campus residents are members of RHA! As an organization, RHA seeks to enhance the Residence Life experience and provide students with opportunities to voice concerns and provide feedback to Residence Life and other university administrators and organizations.

We look forward to sharing new experiences and Nanook traditions with you this upcoming year, and we hope to see you at our social and community service events! We would also like to invite you to our general assembly meetings which are open to all on-campus residents. During these meetings, you can share your ideas for ways that we can advocate for your needs and help create a great experience for all Nanooks on campus.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, we encourage you to contact the RHA advisors.

If students need help or have questions about studying resources, financial aid, or how to maintain a healthy lifestyle check out these campus resources.

Advisor

Karen Doherty

Karen Doherty

Resident Director

Residence Life

Wickersham, McIntosh

Hope Uele

Hope Uele

President

Riley von Borstel

Riley von Borstel

Vice President of Advocacy

Maddie Goss

Maddie Goss

Vice President of Support

Faith Wixon

Faith Wixon

Vice President of Belongingness

 

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

RHA EXECUTIVE OFFICER RESPONSIBILITIES:

The following are some position-specific responsibilities executive officers are tasked with:

  1. All executive officers are expected to attend weekly RHA general assembly meetings. 
  2. All executive officers are expected to support and participate in RHA events and programs.
  3. President must commit 10 hours a week to RHA.
  4. Vice-Presidents must commit 5 hours a week to RHA.
PRESIDENT:
  • The RHA President creates an agenda each week for all RHA General Assembly Meetings.
  • The RHA President takes the lead on forming relationships with other student leaders and the Residence Life Professional Staff, Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors, and Desk Attendants to better the whole Residence Life experience for students. 
  • The RHA President is responsible for documenting five Resident Interactions per week and completing four office hours a week.  
Vice-President for Advocacy
  • The RHA VP for Advocacy will ensure that every student’s opinions and concerns are heard and considered fairly and with privacy, when possible.
  • The RHA VP for Advocacy is responsible for the annual RHA student survey.
  • The RHA VP for Advocacy will be the lead on one Town Hall type event per semester.
  • The RHA VP for Advocacy is responsible for documenting three Resident Interactions per week and completing two office hours a week
Vice President for Support
  • The VPS will explore university and community resources where the VPS can help direct or refer students in need of support
  • The VPS will help in creating events or venues wherein UAF students can help support the greater Fairbanks community. Some of these events may generate funds to be donated to nonprofits in the Greater Fairbanks area. Organized community service efforts will oftentimes be made in connection with the Center for Student Engagement, including the Free Store, the Food Pantry, etc. 
  • The VPS will be aware of all support services available to students on campus. Each semester, the VPS will arrange at least one meeting with Peer Mentors, Student Support Services, Health and Counseling, Disability Services, Academic Advising Center, Rural Student Services, Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities, NDAC, SLI, and the Advocacy Center. 
  • The RHA VP for Support is responsible for documenting three Resident Interactions per week and completing two office hours a week.  
Vice President for Belongingness
  • The RHA Vice President for Student Belongingness is responsible for overseeing the coordination of large-scale events sponsored by RHA leadership as well as smaller events sponsored by the general RHA membership or Community Councils.
  • The RHA Vice President for Student Belongingness works diligently to maintain an updated social media for RHA and post about RHA events by posting a minimum of once/week, and for ensuring all events, surveys, etc are posted and available to residents by posting a minimum of once/week, and for ensuring all events, surveys, etc are posted and available to residents.
  • Serve on the Traditions Board.
  • The RHA VP for Belongingness is responsible for documenting three Resident Interactions per week and completing two office hours a week
ELIGIBILITY
  • Full time UAF status (12 undergraduate/ 6 graduate credit hours per semester).
  • The Board is required to maintain a semester and cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5, including at time of application. After one semester of failing to meet academic performance standards, the Board will be placed on job probation. Two consecutive semesters of failing to meet academic performance standards will affect continued eligibility status. 
  • The RHA Executive Board must be willing to live on-campus.
COMPENSATION

The President will receive a full room scholarship for a double shared room. V ice-Presidents will each receive a $500.00  stipend.

*This scholarship will only be awarded should the officer complete their expected duties.