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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 26, 2010

Students, staff find ways to improve residential life experience at national conference

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Eight students and two staff members from Northwest recently attended the National Association of College and Residence Halls Conference.Three Northwest students presented sessions, and Northwest student Tamera Dunn, of Seymour, Mo., was appointed retention and recruitment chair on the NACURH Regional Board of Directors. The conference was June 21-24 at the University of California-San Diego hosted this year's conference.

The students who attended were Hannah Briggs, Tamera Dunn, Bruce Duvall, Ty Gaddy, Garrett Gassman, Danielle Janning, Delaney McKenzie and Kyle Smith. Residential Life staff members Aimee Rea and Meghan Davis also attended.

"Attending this conference gave Northwest students the opportunity to network with students from around the country," Davis said. "It sparked new ideas, got them asking questions, and they are excited to try new things on campus next year."

Gaddy, of Kansas City, Mo., who serves as national communication coordinator for Northwest's Residence Hall Association, presented a program titled, "How to be a Great NCC, It's a Marathon not a Sprint." During the program Gaddy offered tips based on her experiences as a national communication coordinator.

"NACURH is a conference that focuses on bettering student leaders," Gaddy said. "NACURH is unique because it uses student leaders to teach other student leaders. I love NACURH because it gives me a chance to connect with other students who are involved in residential life. We share our experiences in hopes of learning something new to improve our organizations."

A member school annually hosts the national conference, which brings together more than 2,000 students from more than 400 schools from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Qatar.

NACURH promotes living on campus as an integral part of the college experience and provides resources to help member schools create the ultimate residence hall environment and experience.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468