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Oct. 28, 2016
By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University will be the home base for 400 residence hall personnel representing 43 institutions Nov. 4-6 as the University hosts the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) conference.
MACURH is one of eight regional levels of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. It empowers, motivates and equips residence hall leaders by providing them with skills and resources in order for them to excel and positively impact their campus communities.
The Midwest Affiliate includes Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota as well as portions of Canada. Conference participants will include student delegates, advisors, special guests and regional student leaders.
“A conference of this magnitude hosted by students through the Residence Hall Association has not been done since 1992,” Beth Little, a residential life complex director and the MACURH vice conference and communications advisor, said. “This is a stupendous opportunity to showcase what our students and campus can do and have to offer.”
Northwest students, faculty and staff submitted the winning bid packet last spring to host this year’s conference on campus. A 17-person team of Northwest students and Residential Life staff is coordinating the conference.
“MACURH conferences encourage the growth and development of leadership skills, and the bid team here at Northwest recognizes the region’s potential to further these student leaders’ ability to make a difference,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said.
The conference includes educational sessions, keynote speakers and activities under the theme “Planting the Seed for Success.”
“Our focus this year is on education and its individualized impact it can have on a person’s life,” Tyana Dahlberg, who serves as the regional leadership conference chair for the MACURH conference. “MACURH as a whole provides tremendous resources for college students across our region that can help them improve their campus in addition to the creation of leadership roles among the region and each campus.”
Said Little, “I hope that those attending the conference as a delegate, special guest, or in any capacity take away that Northwest is a passionate institution focused on student success, development, and holistic kindness to all those who come our way as attendees.”
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